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Surprise Cucumbers Growing From Waste

The thick clouds and sudden rain has passed and I lost all hope that anything would grow in our garden patch. We’ve never stopped throwing kitchen waste on parcels of soil regardless of where we were living, in order to make compost, to use in the following year. 

One recent morning, I threw out some salad offcuts and added some grass-clippings to our compost pile, when something caught my eye. I saw some cucumber plants growing from the compost pile and they were flowering, but they seemed too small and weak to grow any crop. How surprised was I a few weeks later, when, after the mentioned sudden rain, several ripe cucumbers and babies were visible!

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Written by Andre Hartslief


Hello, I’m Andre’ Hartslief, Tranquilpen© 2008 “I finally discovered, that man’s whole purpose, is not to do the right things in life or to be good, to be successful or famous. Our entire purpose in life is to express divinity unto everyone and everything. How we do that, is by transforming ourselves completely, from an old state of existence to a new state and if we start removing those limitations piece by piece, It is only, then, that the Creator of the universe and all life, will begin to express himself, unbridled through us.


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      • I had strawberries start growing under my peach tree because I was eating strawberries outside and threw the stems there. A few of the seeds (they are on the outside) must have been left on. If I hadn’t recognized them I would have weeded them out; and, they propagated many plants for me over the years. Sometimes it pays to let things be.

    • That’s amazing Carol, what a wonderful name for them, volunteer plants. Almost like self-sacrifice. A noble human gesture under certain conditions of course. We had a McCain’s brand frozen pea
      TV advertisement running of all these little peas floating up into heaven. The backing song was Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in The Sky” McCain’s must have lost a ton of $$$ with that one! I was a dad of three very impressionable young kids back then and they wouldn’t eat them…
      here’s that same advert, brrr, scary…

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