In South Dakota, you can expect the unexpected when it comes to weather. Many plants and vegetables did not make it through the May cold spell and gardeners were forced to replant. Below is a short tutorial of my mom re-planting the okra in one of her three garden beds. She also has vegetables growing along side the house, the fence and in pots. For a standard sized back yard in the city limits of Sioux Falls, she has an impressive inventory.

Mom’s Garden

  • Potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra
  • Zucchini
  • Green Pepper
  • Eggplant
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Wax Beans
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Herbs



Tips for the Beginning Gardener

  1. Space young plants and seedlings so they have room to grow.
  2. Have a nice pair of gardening gloves.
  3. Work in the morning and early evening to avoid the sun and heat of the day. 



[Last year’s basil crop]



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[Garden beds will soon look like this again]


After spending two summers in the Lewis Drug garden shop, I have learned a lot about vegetables and taking care of plants, but I don’t hold a candle to the knowledge and experience my mom has in the garden. If you have questions about anything green, shoot them my way. I have endless resources to help keep your garden healthy and happy this summer!