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Pollinator Gardens are becoming more popular all throughout the United States. Citizens are becoming more concerned with the decline in the pollinator population and the role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Pollinator Gardens help to attract pollinators of all shapes and sizes, including bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds.
It’s the time of year that seed catalogues start arriving. If you start your own plants, you will want to select varieties that have good resistance to diseases that are common in this area. One that appears sporadically, but has been almost epidemic in Western South Dakota the last year or two is Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV).
When harvesting, produce should be placed in clean and sanitary field containers, rather than on the ground. Ideally Field containers should be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, as well as be free of contaminants such as mud, industrial lubricants, metal fasteners, or splinters.
It seems rules and guidelines for growing fresh produce safely are constantly changing, as new laws and regulations are implemented each year. First there were GAPS (Good Agricultural Practices), and third party certification, with required record-keeping.
Fall is the time to control tough perennial broadleaf lawn weeds. Good moisture in most places in August will have set up good fall growth of perennial weeds. The target weeds in the fall are dandelion, ground ivy, creeping bell flower, field bindweed, and white clover.
Quality wine grapes can be grown in South Dakota with careful attention to growing site, cultivar selection and production techniques. Following are links to selected information available from South Dakota State University and other sources that will help you in deciding whether grape growing is for you, and to grow quality fruit.
With recent drought conditions persisting, many South Dakotans are reporting patchy areas of dead grass in their lawns. Many lawns consisting of cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass or fine fescues are turning brown and going dormant.
Now is the time when those pesky weeds are really coming up full force in many gardens around the state, particularly if you have had rain in your area lately or have been sprinkler watering your garden. The easiest time to control them is while they are still young plants.
Sunny flower garden locations are often filled splashes of brightly colored perennial flowers that may grow several feet tall. However, ground covers are an important component of any landscape and are more common than you might think.