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Mar 3, 2018 11:58 AM CST
|I've composted successfully for years using abundant dried leaves from our trees. They've been removed and my supply of dry yard waste is reduced. Can I use shredded office papers and/or newspapers to supplement my
brown waste? Will this be beneficial to the garden?
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Mar 3, 2018 1:07 PM CST
|P Allen Smith throws shredded newspapers in his. I've even seen him add pizza boxes. I've used newspapers and cardboard (ripped up) and it all decomposes. I bet if you asked someone would be glad to give you their leaves in the fall.|
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Mar 3, 2018 1:54 PM CST
|Do not use any shiny paper, it will decompose but it takes a lot longer; I also believe some is treated to some type of anti-combustion compound as some card board and even paper is does not like to burn easily. It will start and then go out.|
Mar 3, 2018 6:17 PM CST
|With cardboard boxes, also strip off clear tape.That tape lasts way too long in the garden.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Mar 3, 2018 8:32 PM CST
|Shred! And leave the brown stuff out. Compost piles are always vegetarians .
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 4, 2018 6:57 AM CST
|If you don't grow any edibles, all that stuff can go in.
I grow edibles. NO cardboard, or shinny paper.
Printing paper, or newspaper, only if ink is organic. Call your newspaper to check for sure. 👍👍
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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