After two of my tomato seedlings were attacked the other day, I have not been putting my seedling flats out on my fire escape to harden off. But I do keep my potted herbs out there, since they’re the only plants that can handle getting so little sunshine (only an hour or two at the end of the day). So yesterday my sage fell victim to the tomato attackers. The picture to the right shows the sage a couple weeks ago, along with my thyme. Since that photo was taken, it had grown even more leaves and was looking quite attractive. But yesterday, some critter ate nearly every sage leaf clean off:
Ed Bruske over at The Slow Cook says that birds are a big problem where he is, which is only about a mile from where I am. So I may have erred in suspecting squirrels. Maybe there are some starlings out there that really love sage. Or maybe some delinquent chickadees thought it was the kind of sage that would get them high. Sigh. That sage plant survived months of winter, so I think it will grow back. But I might plant a backup sage out at my community garden plot. Ironically, I’m having less of a pest problem in my field- and woods-adjacent plot than on my urban fire escape twelve blocks from the White House. Maybe I can get the Secret Service to help me out.