My Man Grows Stupendous Lettuce
July 25, 2009
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He Won’t Brag, So I Will
Just one head of lettuce provides salad for twelve. Can your lettuce do that?
My husband would tell you that he had nothing to do with it. Someone else sowed the seeds; he just stuck the seedlings in the ground. God provided the rain. Yeah, but who was up there weeding?
Shaded by the broccoli, the lettuce isn't bitter, even though it's pretty nigh bolted.
All that cool and rainy weather has been good for something: great lettuce!
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013