From the Prairie Potter Extension Master Gardeners of Pierre and sent to us by Elke Baxter, MG from Philip)


  • Dig hole three times wider than container.

  • Dig hole half as deep as container the tree is in..

  • To remove tree, tap container on ground and gently slide the tree out.

  • If roots circle the root ball, shave down the sides with a sharp spade/shovel to remove all circling roots.

  • Scrape away the top of the containe root ball to find the tree's first pencil sized root. This may mean removing up to half of soil from top of root ball.


  • Place the tree in the hole with its first pencil-sized root at TOP of hole - the surface of the ground.


  • Return the SAME soil back into hole. Tamp soil lightly with the back of the shovel.

  • Soil can be mounded slightly from edges of hole to trunk of tree, grading from at the natural surface of the soil at the trunk to an inch or so higher at the edge of the planting hole.


  • Mulch with wood chips ON TOP of the soil from the trunk to just outside the planting hole.


  • If you are planning to stake the tree, use only two stakes perpendicular to prevailing wind. A wide (2”) strip of canvas or other heavy fabric works well. Tie one end to the stake. Loop fabric around the trunk before securing to the other stake. (For those directionally challenged, this means that if the prevailing wind is from the north, place one stake north of the tree and the other south.

  • Water: One gallon per inch of diameter of tree trunk daily for two weeks, at base of tree.


  • Don’t carry tree around by trunk or drop it out of a pickup.

  • Don’t pack soil back into planting hole. The roots need oxygen.

  • Don’t use fresh grass clippings as mulch around newly planted trees.

  • Don’t stake tree too tight, too high (no more than 2/3 of height), too long (no more than one year), or with rubber hose and wire.



Miss Gardening? Grow Green Beans Indoors This Winter


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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.


Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.


Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.