A week ago I was happy to remove two over-sized pails full of soil from the bottom of my compost bin and add them to my garden. Such a rewarding gift from such a small effort.
As I spread the new soil on my garden I was impressed by two observations. The first was an unexpected surprise: many of the avocado seeds, which are always so hard and seemingly impossible to break down, were dusty and rusty-looking, and had actually given up the battle. They were copying the grapefruit, potato and banana peels and turning into soil. Yeah!
My second observation was not so pleasant. Scattered throughout the rich black compost were the omnipresent plastic stickers from produce that I had bought from the grocery store. All bananas, avocados, apples, tomatoes, oranges, etc. are “conveniently” labeled with codes. In my haste to toss the peels, I hadn’t always removed the labels. So … yes, my garden was where they ended up making their lasting impression. And one thing is certain: they will never break down!
So now I collect plastic labels from my garden. What a world!