I've become good friends with a waitress at Sushi Tomo in Ross. It's right around the corner from my house and I love thier sushi.
She started asking me questions about how to care for a cabbage that he son brought home from school at the end of the school year. It was part of a science project and the plant was supposed to be grown all summer.
She had the cabbage growing in a pot on a windowsill, not the best place for it and there was no where outside for it to grow.
Anyway, I started to explain the procedures for growing it in a pot, but then just decided to go get a big pot and some Pro Planting Soil, my favorite potting mix. There's only one place to get it in Pittsbugh, Hahn Nursery in Ross and that's because I begged them to carry it.
She transplanted the plant and it grew well on her patio. One day she said that vacation was on the horizon and she's be in Taiwan for a month. "Who was taking care of the cabbage?" I asked. She pointed to her brother who is the chef at the restaurant.
I didn't want her cabbage to end up as a garnish surrounding raw fish so I took the cabbage in, growing it in my garden still in the pot I gave her.
Long story short, a groundhog or something started nibbling on it, them it started to rot after a week of rain.
After she returned I brought the plant back hanging my head in shame. All she needed was a picture of the cabbage, but boy did it look awful.
I had lunch there that day and she smiled as she served me some soup, "Don't worry about it, it's OK," she said.
As I started to leave the restaurant she pulled me aside to show me a house plant that wasn't doing as well as she wanted. I was just happy she'd take my advice after showing her that sorry cabbage plant.
I think I'll take her some tomatoes and hot peppers from the garden, that's the least I can do.