Monarch Caterpillar on the Milkweed!

You have to look closely.  It's almost hidden, but there's a future monarch chomping away on the common milkweed at the Food Forest.  If a monarch caterpillar has lots of different types of milkweed to choose from, common milkweed is not its favorite, but luckily, this specimen's not picky.

Plant of the Month: Arapaho Thornless Blackberry

If you head to the Food Forest now, you will see blackberries -- not many, but it's the first season after all.  Our specimen comes from Edible Landscaping, located in Afton, Virginia, near Charlottesville. This is what they say about the Arapaho Thornless Blackberry: The outstanding characteristics of Arapaho are its thornless, erect, self supporting …