Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dinner Grows Itself


Photo courtesy Flickr

The compost border along the back walk is literally offering meals for the taking. Some critter brings up potatoes ready-to-cook from the bio-cauldron of worms and micro-organisms turning kitchen waste into soil in two weeks flat. I know the soil is active: snow doesn’t last on it.

It’s probably teen-aged raccoons, who like to play with the toy airplane that floats in the pond waiting for small boys to discover disaster. When I get home, all I have to do is lean over on my way in the back door to gather the dinner that grows from discards, including the original seed.

The convenience and efficiency of this system is not to be credited.

By the way, the original potato toy was a real vegetable decorated with construction paper elements, a good way to keep restless kids out of the cook's hair before dinner.

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