...but all is not gained, either, so I'm sticking with what I said earlier. However, I was delighted to pick these nice cabbages --buggy outside, but lovely and clean and tight inside-- which are currently being turned into spicy dill-pickle sauerkraut (chop cabbage, add fresh dill, mustard seed, garlic, some hot red chilis, ferment. Yum!).
So there's that.
Yes, that is a caterpillar on a dill stalk on top of my basket. These things must be observed. We have not yet discovered what it is, or whether we want it to stay or be a chicken snack.
Wait, wait! This just in-- Google informs me that our caterpillar is the larva of a black swallowtail butterfly! And it likes dill (which I am more than happy to share!). So there is a use for all that dill, afterall! Glad I didn't feed that creepy-crawly to a chicken
And here, for some gratuitous cuteness, is what my own creepy-crawly-cutie looks like when he comes inside: