Category: Herbs

Black swallowtail caterpillars on dill and fennel

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes). A black swallowtail caterpillar was discovered on a dill plant on September 13, as seen above. A black swallowtail caterpillar was discovered on a fennel plant on September 14, as seen above. The dill and fennel plants were about 10… Continue Reading “Black swallowtail caterpillars on dill and fennel”

Salsa synchronicity; or, where’s the cilantro

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum). Cilantro can be a weed. Look at the lovely cilantro above. It came up volunteer in the tomato row in June. These are the first cilantro leaves, sort of like flat parsley. Later the upper leaves will be more fern-like. Ernest… Continue Reading “Salsa synchronicity; or, where’s the cilantro”

Red ripe peppers and colorful salsa

Red ripe peppers and colorful salsa. I no more than noted in Johnny’s Selected Seeds catalog that most hot peppers take 20 more days from green to turn red than I found El Jefe jalapeƱos and Cheyenne cayenne chiles turning red on the pepper… Continue Reading “Red ripe peppers and colorful salsa”

June reality check

June reality check. In January, anything was possible in garden dreaming. By June, the stage has been set. The table has been laid. Whatever cliche fits best, the truth is that reality has set in. It’s not all bad. Plants are blooming and growing.… Continue Reading “June reality check”