The academic in me feels that I should reference the information I read about and then pass on through my blog. However, I have no reference details, so suffice to say I read recently that in addition to eating the chicken and making stock from the skin and bones, the bones can be ground for gardener’s bonemeal.
My daughter had asked for chicken as a payday treat earlier in the week, so I’ve now got a few bones, which I’ve cooked in the microwave to make brittle and am now in the process of crushing. This is not quick job, especially with a pestle and mortar, and chickens seem to have surprisingly few bones. But overall it seems a no-brainer not to do it.
On the subject of bones, whilst having my daily go at the hawthorn bush (to get it out the ground), it struck me how close the plant world is to the animal world. The stems and roots of plants and trees are like bones, I thought, as I pulled out a root, followed by cutting down some phacelia and runner beans. This led me to feel I could understand why some people become fructarians…. I hope the secateurs weren’t too painful!
© Helen Butt, October 2014