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Black swallowtail caterpillars on feed on fennel.

Herbs for butterflies

Cathie Rowand/ The Journal Gazette
A black swallowtail caterpillar feeds on fennel.

I have planted lots of herbs and mixed them in with the vegetable plants in my garden. This year I have basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, sage, thyme, and fennel.

The mint and oregano are in pots because I don't want these plants taking over the garden.

I love having fresh herbs on hand to cook with and at the end of the season I put some of them in a pot and bring them indoors so that I can continue to have some fresh herbs.

The other wonderful benefit of the herbs is that the black swallowtail butterflies need the herbs to lay their eggs. I have several black swallowtail caterpillars on my fennel and parsley. They never eat the whole plant, so I can share.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)