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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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Fertilizing Gardens in South Dakota

Publication about fertilizing gardens in South Dakota

An organic garden with flowers, plants, land vegetables growing.

Organic Herbicides

Many gardeners across the state of South Dakota desire to have weed-free gardens, yards and flowerbeds. Many homeowners do not want to use inorganic herbicides due to their potential health effects.

Closeup of a bright red Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) plant.

Are you Photoperiodic? Poinsettias Are

Poinsettias need bright light! They can actually probably handle full sun at this time of the year when the sun angle is low in the sky and we often have lots of cloudy weather. The important thing to remember is that if you want to keep your plant healthy, you need to give it enough light so that the green leaves can continue to photosynthesize and produce the carbohydrates that the plant needs to grow.

Chrysanthemum ‘Mammoth Lavender Daisy’, a large blooming plant planted next to grass

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are the quintessential fall blooming plant that are sold in hundreds of stores of all kinds, all over the region. They are prized for their beautiful display of flowers that add so much color to our landscapes, decks and patios each autumn. They are a favorite of gardeners everywhere and have commonly become known as simply mums, which certainly has a nice homey sounding name. But not all mums are created equal! You need to shop carefully if you want plants that will look good this fall and also come back in future years and bloom before a hard freeze puts an end to their floral display in the fall.

variety of flowers growing in a yard

Flowers & Ornamental

Everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of flowers and ornamental plants with some simple recommendations.

Rain Garden

SDSU Extension Hosts a Rain Garden Tour

December 18, 2018

SDSU Extension in collaboration with Dakota Rural Action is hosting a Rain Garden Tour Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Sioux Falls at the site of a rain garden constructed this summer (1409 E 33rd St.).

Fruit, Flower, Plant, Vegetable, Community Garden

Arlene Brandt-Jenson

SDSU Extension Master Gardener Sign Up Deadline Extended to May 25, 2018

December 18, 2018

Before she became an SDSU Extension Master Gardener, Arlene Brandt-Jenson's modest flower garden served to beautify her home's landscaping. Today, her garden has increased in size, beauty and it provides habitat for many butterflies, bees and other pollinator insects.

Vegetable, Fruit, Flower, Shrub, Plant

pink Swamp Milkweed flowers on green leaves

Ornamental Milkweeds to Try in Your Garden

Swamp milkweed (Asclpeias incarnate) is native to the Great Plains, and is a great ornamental milkweed for your home garden. Don’t let the swamp milkweed name discourage you from trying this plant, you do not need a swamp to grow it, since it is a very adaptable plant. While it prefers average moisture conditions, it can tolerate periods of dry weather as well as some occasional standing water. It too is perennial but generally not as long-lived as butterfly weed.

A cluster of yellow flowers with a large patch of green, wilting flowers on the right.

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

Before the snow falls, a few tasks can help make for a healthier yard and garden next year.

a black weevil with red to brown legs and antennae

Root Weevils & Imported Longhorned Weevils Finding Their Way Inside

We have been receiving reports of small, black insects that are observed crawling up bathroom walls, hanging out in basements, or otherwise finding their way inside.