Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hungry Hungry Caterpillars, Parsley, & Pizza



I'm not a real gardener, not at all, but I do love that we have some herbs, tomatoes, a couple of fruit trees (peach & fig) and a  pretty prolific blackberry bush growing here at the cottage.  I love that I can just walk out the kitchen door to pick a tomato, or whatever herb I might need for dinner -- knowing it's fresh and free from insecticides, etc.  There's just something so satisfying about that, isn't there?

The parsley and rosemary (huge!) made it through the winter, so I planted mint, thyme, dill, basil, tarragon, and chives to replace those that weren't quite so hardy.  All my little herb friends have been going along quite nicely with little help from me aside from the occasional drink of water when needed -- until recently.  Then, the other day I discovered the meanest little stripey caterpillars on the parsley.  I picked them off and scolded them pretty harshly, then I ran for the organic soapy bug spray and sprayed everything.  The evil little things came back -- seems they like to eat the soapy bug spray too.  So, in spite of my best efforts to get rid of the greedy things,  they ate all the parsley -- all of it -- in the space of about 2 days -- and it was big (at least 2 feet tall and wide) .  And, not only did they eat the parsley but the dill as well.


Anyway, the good news is that stripey caterpillars evidently don't care for tomatoes.  This is the most tomatoes we've ever had.  Last year, the plants got huge, but we only got a few tomatoes.  This year we've had dozens.  Remember that scene in "Steel Magnolias' when Shirley McLaine's character takes all the tomatoes to Truvy's beauty parlor and says something about all old southern ladies growing tomatoes?  Well, guess that's me ;-).

And I guess the caterpillars don't like basil either -- still have plenty of it, so I decided to make my favorite pizza for our lunch the other day.



Don't you love the simplicity of classic Margherita pizza -- just basil, tomatoes and fresh mozarella (which we can finally buy here locally - yay!).  I had this little bit of bacon left over from breakfast, so I sprinkled it on too.   And no, we really don't eat bacon at every meal (or even every week), although I guess it looks like it from all the recent baconny posts



So good! 

Wishing you a bug free garden and lovely lazy summer days,

♥ ♥ ♥

G


12 comments:

Josie-Mary said...

The pizza looks lovely! I have a herb garden but the mint seems to have killed off eveything else. My Rosemary is also very large :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yummy! I can almost smell and taste the pizza! I just did a 'gardeny' post today too...I love eating from our garden too. :)

Pom Pom said...

Mmmmmmm. Your pizza does look delicious! I love Steel Magnolias. I am going to watch it soon.

wayside wanderer said...

That pizza looks absolutely delicious! Now this will be all I think about food-wise until I make my own. sigh.
Your caterpillars are black swallowtails. I plant parsley and dill just to attract these beauties. They are my favorite caterpillar, when they are big and fat they look like they have been hand painted by God. And they turn into the most beautiful of butterflies. The orange horns they put out to scare you off are scent pockets. :)

Firefly said...

Well, who knew those hungry hungry caterpillars were on their way to becoming lovely butterflies!? I thought they were probably some old ugly moths or some such thing -- my bad! Guess I won't begrudge them dining on my dill and parsley and will just have to buy more, ya think ;-)?
G

Denise said...

I'm getting some huge tomatoes too right now :) Your pizzas look delish.

Jodi said...

Mmmm... yum! Those voracious caterpillars sound maddening, but at least the two most important things are still going strong.

Sereknitty said...

Yum! That pizza looks so delicious! Home grown is definately the best.

Kristyn Knits said...

your pizza looks wonderful! and darn those caterpillars! happy summer!!

stitching under oaks said...

don't let those caterpillars smell your pizzas...they'll be coming in to dinner. stinky bugs. Hope that the rest of your summer garden is pest free. Happy fourth friend!

From All Stitched Up said...

That looks so good. I think we have a week or two until the tomatos are ready. Our garden is doing well so far no caterpillars. I'll be on the look out.

Firefly said...

Happy 4th to you all, and thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to say hello!
Blessings,
G

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