It's not quite like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, but we do create life from death.
In our compost piles, that is. Truly, we can enrich our gardens and yards through the decay of once-living matter.
Rodney Bloom from the OSU Extension Service offers a program called "Decay for the Masses," with a session coming up Sunday in Eugene.
Bloom, both Master Gardener and Master Recycler, visits with details of decay and rebirth in the compost.