Fall migration is underway, and birds need lots of food to sustain them on their journey. If you don't have a bird feeder in your yard, the National Audubon Society suggests that you make a temporary one out of a small pumpkin. See the link below for instructions: https://www.audubon.org/news/pumpkin-bird-feeder-makes-happy-harvest-birds
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.
Not everything that's going on at the Food Forest is obvious. You have to spend some time there to see the little things. Steve McKindley Ward has noticed many of those little things--little miracles, really--and recorded them. This is probably the coolest. It's called bird's nest fungus; lots of them have come up in the... Continue Reading →
The comfrey at the Food Forest is growing like crazy, so bring a scissors and cut some leaves. It has been touted as the best plant to have in your garden, for numerous reasons. It's long been used for its curative powers, in easing aches and pains and healing bruises. It's easy to make... Continue Reading →
Bird House Gourds are growing like crazy at the Food Forest. They are also known as Calabash, or Bottle Gourds. Each of these flowers-- Should produce one of these gourds-- Wouldn't you love to hang a Bird House Gourd in your back yard? When they are ready this fall, harvest one and put it in... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →