TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Saturday Essay

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, May 18, 2012, 5:46 p.m.
 

The only thing constant in greenhousing is change. And things are changing rapidly and early this year.

The Roman Delight lettuce, ready to bolt, is exhausted. Nearly 30 of the loose, tender heads made for great salads on many a neighborhood dinner table.

And now coming in is the piece de resistance for many salad lovers -- the Romaine. So robust it is that only three tasty leaves could make for a filling meal. (But, hey, why not add a fourth?)

The soil in the pots of the devoured Roman Delight has been reconstituted; extra spinach and additional flat parsley, the latter of which will join the celery tops to be cut and sun-dried for winter use, already are thriving. Once the Romaine is gone, baby carrots will join the nursery.

Change won't come as often when June bows and spring escapes. The greenhouse, rounded out with peppers and assorted herbs, will fall into a nice summer-long routine of grow-grow-grow, cut-cut-cut and pick-pick-pick, as will the rest of this year's vegetable crop in the adjacent five raised beds.

On wind-swept stormy days, residents of the greenhouse will boast of their safety. On pristine sunny days, tenants of the beds will tout their liberty. But no matter the weather, the proprietor will revisit his crops several times a day and, as Nathaniel Hawthorne once put it, "stand in deep contemplation over my ... progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation."

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. South Fayette again defeats Aliquippa to defend WPIAL Class AA title
  2. Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ absence will alter roles on penalty kill
  3. Tire comes off, hits oncoming car, kills 1 on Route 28
  4. Stock market logs 5th straight week of gains as Dow hits record high
  5. Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title
  6. Sonata exudes class
  7. Know flat-rate repair times
  8. MLB notebook: Rays’ managerial search narrowed to 3 finalists
  9. ‘Hunger Games’ salute leads to arrests
  10. Play of nose tackles could have impact on Steelers’ stretch run
  11. Ignoring expired ‘mandate’
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.