Staghorn Sumac – A blessing to bees and humans

Staghorn Sumac and smooth sumac are hiding in plain sight! They are amazing plants for pollinators and overlooked by almost everyone! Smooth Sumac and Staghorn Sumac are common "roadside" plants in North America. They are pioneer plants and quickly spread by rhizomes to colonize erosion prone areas. They are unique looking shrubs, grow without maintenance, … Continue reading Staghorn Sumac – A blessing to bees and humans

Growing an Illinois Everbearing Mulberry in zone 4A

Mulberries are fantastic trees. They grow quickly, they can provide pollen for insects, and they produce abundant fruit. On top of all that, the leaves are also edible. Many northern generations were saved by eating high protein mulberry leaves and/or feeding them to livestock (and high protein hackberries....but I digress.) There are, of course, a … Continue reading Growing an Illinois Everbearing Mulberry in zone 4A