|Dill caterpillar all grown up.|
On the herb front the dill, chives, and cilantro have led everything else and flowered. I will need to reseed or buy new plants to ensure continuity soon. Since the dill has flowered it has become quite the hit with Swallowtail butterflies. While I cannot be certain it is my dill caterpillar all grown up, this particular one appeared to be laying eggs.
So why bother with dill? It goes great in summer soups particularly tomato soup and tomato cucumber soup. Dill is great with potatoes of any kind, cucumber salads, and dips. The caterpillars are small in number and easy to remove without much effort. There are far worse garden pests, like whatever has been eating all the fresh strawberries. Even my dog is a garden pest when he rifles through the tomatoes and berries trying to find the ripe ones. Thus far he has not taken to peppers or herbs.