Thursday, August 4, 2011

All Is Not Lost

...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:

1 comment:

  1. Eating dirt are we?

    He looks like Jonah in the photo.