We were able to harvest two strawberries this weekend. Yes, two. There were a lot more ripe ones in the garden, but those darn rollie pollies got to them first. Every year we have to fight with them for strawberries, and this year it seems their population is even bigger. I don't use any pesticides in the garden, but I can't find any good organic ways to control them.
We also harvested a couple of carrots, some green garlics, rosemary, and thyme. These were used to make braised lamb shank from this recipe here. The lamb turned out great. The meat was tender and the sauce was very flavorful. I don't usually make fancy dishes like this. It's Randy's birthday next week, so I made it as part of his birthday celebration.
Now, if you get grossed out by bugs, don't look at the pictures below. It doesn't matter how much I work in the garden. I'm still scared of most bugs and worms.
On Saturday, as Randy was digging holes to plant some pepper plants, I found this guy lying on top of the soil from the holes.
It was pretty big. About 2 inches long. It wasn't dead. It looked like it was in "hibernation" since it wasn't moving very fast. Does anyone know the name of this bug? Is it a good guy or a bad guy?