I still have, and even use, that old black plastic composting bin which Alameda County used to make available at a deeply discounted price. And every so often I go through and harvest its rewards to use in the garden. This is one of those times, since I need that compost for hilling up those Purple Viking potatoes (planted in February) and getting the tin tubs ready for baby lettuces.
But you never quite know what else will show up, mixed in with the compost. Round here, it's usually just millions and millions of little red worms, shiny black beetles, roly-polies and the occasional ensatina salamander. Sometimes though, there are some true surprises:
The soup spoon that went missing months (or was it years?) ago.
Or Princess, the helpful garden cat.*
* Honest. I did not stage this photo. She is a cat and, as such, just wanted to be part of the activities.