What a mess -- or is it?

Now that Thanksgiving is in the past, I'm no longer working long, long days at the bakery. It's amazing how many people want pies for that holiday (and how many people show up or call on the 23rd trying to order a pie!), but things are back to normal now. We peeled so many apples, it's crazy. Since the organics bins were filled to the top, I brought home four big boxes of peels on Tuesday (or was it Monday?):


Not wanting to make the trek back to the compost pile in the dark, I just left them on the driveway. I knew I would get to them on the holiday or over the weekend at the latest. Somebody got to them first!

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I expected the raccoons to have a little bit of fun with the peels, and that first night they did. Just a few "handfuls" of peels were pulled out of the boxes.

After another day or two though, the peels are almost completely gone!


They must have had a party out there, or perhaps the deer helped out...


...because only scraps and lemon rinds are left!


The boxes appear to be mostly empty now. Those critters saved me four trips back to the compost pile!


I wonder if I spread some peanut butter around on the ground I could get the deer to lick up all of the scraps too?


Keen-eyed readers will notice the bird of paradise leaves in the second photo. I have not yet brought it inside, and it has held up to a 27ºF (-3ºC) night and a few others below freezing. That's part of my new overwintering strategy that I'll be talking about soon: ruthless experimentation.

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (November 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM)  

You could keep an untold number of critters happy with bakery scraps! Who needs composting when you have wildlife!

Studio Maywyn  – (November 28, 2016 at 6:18 PM)  

LOL! That's so funny, and environmentaly cool.

Hoover Boo  – (November 28, 2016 at 10:06 PM)  

Wow, some seriously hungry critters there!

outlawgardener  – (November 29, 2016 at 8:47 AM)  

How nice of the wildlife to do your composting for you!

Lisa  – (November 30, 2016 at 5:26 AM)  

There's gotta be some critters with some gastric distress right now, don't you think? Or does that only happen to humans?

Rock rose  – (November 30, 2016 at 7:10 PM)  

Did I miss something? Bakery? Pies? I put out peelings in the garden. Snails enjoy their last supper.

Alan  – (December 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM)  

An update: I verified that every box was empty and only a thin layer of slippery scraps were left on the driveway. We peeled 30 bushels of apples that week -- even with a special tool it takes effort and time.

Lisa: How can you tell if a deer has gastric distress? I haven't seen any unusual droppings, although maybe they're in my neighbors' yards. :)

Jenny: we have owned a bakery in Maplewood (MO) since April. I posted about it once or twice...

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