A lot of people labor in their yards over Labor Day in my little town. Then they bring the fruits of their labors up to the village compost site and dump! Quite a few of the folks on my end of the street like to head up to the compost site to check out the offerings of fruits, vegetables, building materials, and annual, perennial, and house plants.
My neighbor across the street scored a bunch of annual flowers in 4-packs discarded by a retailer in late June. The plants were a bit leggy but recovered well and are huge, robust plants now. I did some picking in early spring and brought home quite a number of perennials as people dug out and disposed of extra daylilies, iris, tulips, and daffodils.
Here’s what I found: 5 or 6 pounds of tomatoes to ripen; a colander of green and red peppers to wash and freeze; a quart container of gladiola bulbs to plant next spring; cucumbers to make into salad for us and feed to my neighbor’s tortoise; two apples to chop for oatmeal or muffins; frilly bleeding hearts to plant and to share; and one large daylily to give to my neighbor. (I left behind a bunch of large iris because we all have more of those than we can handle as it is!)
Not a bad haul for early in the fall scavenging season, although I prefer to consider it gleaning. There will be more and more food dumped by tidy gardeners as the frost date nears. The only thing wrong with most of this food is that there is too much of it! Begonia