Upcoming Events

Circle these 2018 dates on your calendar now!!

The SDSU Extension professional for Spring Fever will be Dr. John Ball talking about trees for Western South Dakota.  Table talk topics will be: Vegetable gardening in containers on your patio or deck (Mel Glover); Using Compost and Mulch in your garden (Beth-Ann Ferley); Care of House Plants (Shannon Lockett); and Methods of conserving water in the garden (Harley and JoAnn Paulson with Bill Atyeo).   Registration Form

Friday, March 23  
Rapid City SDSU Extension Master Gardener Regional Workshop.  A fun, interactive “mini-update” to prepare you for a great season ahead!  Confirmed speakers are from SDSU Extension (some specialists you have not heard before!) and fellow Master Gardeners with expertise in their topics.  Club Leaders will be given a flash drive with helpful resources, templates, and publications.  BHSU's University Center. 10 am to 4 pm.  more


Black Hills gardeners: Start planning now. Upcoming times for planting, indoors and out, with personalized discussion of the tastiest vegetables.  more

Have you checked the Farmer's Almanac recently for weather conditions that might help with a gardening or travel decision in the Black Hills?  Compare these forecasts with what's out the window as you read this:  

February 2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for High Plains
DatesWeather Conditions
Feb 1-4 Sunny, turning mild
Feb 5-9 Snow showers, cold
Feb 10-15 Flurries, mild
Feb 16-22 Sunny, mild
Feb 23-28 Snow showers, mild
February temperature 32° (4° above avg.)
precipitation 0.3" (0.2" below avg.)
March 2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for High Plains
DatesWeather Conditions
Mar 1-5 Showers, mild
Mar 6-10 Rain to snow, then sunny, mild
Mar 11-19 Rain and snow showers, mild
Mar 20-28 Sunny north, periods of rain and snow south; cool
Mar 29-31 Snow showers, cold
March temperature 41° (2° above avg.)
precipitation 1.5" (0.5" above avg.)

Look to the scenic town of Spearfish for a variety of vendors who bring their arts and craft: jewelry, pottery, jewel cases, and furniture. There are baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, relishes and salsas, beef, farm fresh eggs and, of course, fresh produce, from places like Lookout Gardens and Moonrise Mountain Ranch and Good Earth Natural Foods. 

* * ***** Contact: (605) 642-4932 or mwkyte@spe.midcpo.net * * *


6 Delicious Edibles You Can Grow Indoors All Winter


Most homes are heated to a comfortably warm temperature range of 65 to 75F during winter. This is ideal for growing many vegetables, so the winter cold is not as much of an issue here as low-light conditions. Your choice would be limited unless you provide sufficient grow lights to imitate the sunny outdoors.

    As a general rule, leafy vegetables can manage with much less light than root vegetables. Fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes and eggplants need more light to ensure a good yield.


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