Monrovia PLANT SAVVY
March 2017
Although still chilly and maybe wet, it’s the perfect time to prep for spring. It’s also when the birds and other wildlife start appearing again, reminding us about our connection to a larger world. This month we have advice on how to create a yard that’s irresistible to pollinators, ways to pump-up poor soils, and plants that not only tolerate but love dry shade. And, with an eye toward high summer, it’s time to plan out your edible garden, starting with sweet, juicy berries.

Your Ultimate Guide to Growing Berries

Easy-to-grow backyard berries are one of the highlights of the summer garden. By growing several different types, you can enjoy sweet, juicy fruits from early summer through late fall. How to grow the fab four.

PLANT A YEAR-ROUND WILDLIFE HABITAT

Attracting wildlife to your garden year-round makes for a healthy, vibrant landscape. We’ve graphed out plants they’ll love for each of the four seasons. Mix and match! Zones 9 – 11 and Zones 6 – 8

5 PERFECT PLANTS FOR DRY SHADE

Dry shade. That dark, parched space under large trees and eaves. It’s one of the most difficult conditions in which to garden. But, take heart! There are plenty of plants that thrive there. Here are five to start.

"Impossible soil?" We can help.

Great gardens start with great soil. If your soil is, well, let’s call it challenged, now’s the time to improve it. Dig into great, “yes, you can” advice from Monrovia Craftsman John Keller.