Composting in the wonderful Southwest

bethany_gardenerOctober 11, 2009

Around here we don't have many trees that lose their leaves like some states. So I was wondering: What do you guys do for browns?

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I have plenty of leaves. We have an ash tree and the neighbor has pecans and ash. I also compost used potting soil and newspapers along with paper towels, tea bags and coffee filters. I use a converted city dumpster barrel and bag the leaves up to use throughout the year.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 7:54PM
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I have plenty of leaves, with mesquite and desert willow trees.

There usually isn't a massive leaf drop like you are used to, but it's there.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 9:48PM
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I have a paper shredder that I picked up at a garage sale for 10 bucks. All the non-glossy junk mail goes through it and into a bag or bin for adding to the compost. I also shred brown cardboard boxes and old phone books through it though you have to be careful not to overheat the shredder by doing a little at a time. I find I get plenty of browns this way. I get a very fine compost this way using grass clippings and paper and cardboard. You have to be careful not to waterlog this stuff, but it breaks down very fast.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 2:17PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

my fav if you want a LOT is to check with local tree trimming services and ask if they have a chipper truck. if so, ask for a CLEAN chipped load. (no pipe, glass or trash) They save the dump fee a the land fill and you get great mulch.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 3:12AM
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I have a very small compost bin -- it's just a 5 gallon bucket. I subscribe to the paper. So I just tear up a few pages for browns.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 1:24PM
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