Fenton Friday: Treasures in the Compost Pile


Confession: I am a trash-picker -- and damn proud of it. I will rescue perfectly-fine bouquets of discarded flowers out of trashcans on K Street. I will go into neighbor's recycling bins on trash day and pull out choice Mason canning jars. And, I have been known to pick up Popsicle sticks off the sidewalk to use for plant labels.

You would not believe the things I have pulled out of our communal compost pile at the Fenton Community Garden. This pile gets carted away every few weeks by the county park's service, so it is fairly often refreshed. Every once in a while I throw a bucket of my weeds into it and each time I do, there is something that catches my eye, makes me pause, step in and pull out a "treasure."

Here is a short list of a few of my compost pile finds:
~ branches of dried Hot Peppers
~ Celosia seedlings
~ Cucumbers
~ Onion bulbs
~ Okra
~ Tomatoes
~ sprays of Globe Amaranth flowers
~ Wooden plant stakes

What about you -- do you "trash pick" for your garden too?

About Fenton Friday:
Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 5th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.)
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