I never posted a follow up to the caterpillar problem, but they were indeed what were eating my kale. They stuck around for a couple weeks, and now they are gone. I never did figure out what they were, but every time I see a butterfly in my yard, I like to think that maybe it is one of my pretty caterpillars. In the end, they didn’t eat that much of my parsley, so I am glad I let them stay. I am not sure my kale crop is going to recover though, because just as they were starting to grow new leaves, I wake up to my pots being dug through.
It seems that the squirrels (or possibly opossums) have decided that I put out last week’s seeds just for them. They have gone through my pots of leeks, and last night they started on the kale. The kale wasn’t what they were after, it looks like they were after more seeds, so we’ll see if my poor kale has it in them to recover from yet another predator.
I put a ton of seeds in the leek pots because I figured the seedlings would taste good and be ready quicker than if I waited to have all of them mature. This way I can eat them as I go along, that was the plan at least. Now I’ll have to wait and see how many seeds got gobbled up. They are pretty small seeds, so I am choosing to remain hopeful.