From The Pros: Garden Insight

Participate in the pot recycling program that Missouri Botanical Garden offers.
This program has saved over 980,000 pounds of plastic garden pots, cell packs and trays from landfills so far. Drop off points at six locations including Sherwood’s Forest. For more information please visit: http://www.mobot.org/plasticpotrecycling
Dave Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest Nursery, Manchester, MO

Manage your rainwater runoff through the use of rain barrels, which allows you to capture the water for later use, or rain gardens, which filter the water through plant roots and down through the soil. Both methods help keep water out of the sewer system.
Kim Reiss, Sugar Creek Gardens, Kirkwood, MO

When planting this spring remember to plant host plants for the bees and butterflies.

They are an important part of nature’s cycles and balance. So plant Asters, Monarda, Leucanthemum, Buddleia, Gailllardia, Phlox paniculata. Asclepias are great host plants for their nector but also the plant that monarchs lay their eggs on and that feeds the monarch caterpillar. Without asclepias there would be no monarchs. For a full list of plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds please visit online at:
www.ritterperennials.com, Barry Ritter, Ritter Perennials, local wholesale grower.

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