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Growing Pollinator Pastures


Creeping Charlie and henbit are two kinds of “ground ivy” in the mint family, with bad reputations for taking over lawns and gardens with their spreading stems. BUT they are also some of the earliest food sources for spring pollinators and beneficial insect predators looking for nectar. AND when you sit quietly and look closely, their flowers are delicate and gorgeous miniature trumpets, offering welcome color before most other plants have started to green up from winter.

Yesterday in the E2L Garden, bumblebees and tiny flying insects enjoyed a sweet snack. Consider converting your grass lawn mono-crop and sterile bark mulch to pollinator pastures!





By Martha Boyd

Program Director, Urban Initiative (Chicago)