To answer last week's question, I'm having my best gardening year yet, but it is still way too early to call.
We seem to have gotten through the caterpillar stage thanks wholly to Bacillus thuringiensis. Now it is grasshopper time.
They are really bad this year and are eating the strawberries, tomatoes, chives and even daffodils greens!
So far some of the herbs are faring better. It seems that maybe the herbs with more pungent oils are less attractive to the grasshoppers. Currently the mint, oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley and thyme are undamaged. But I don't know how long that will last as the grasshopper population explodes in the next few weeks.