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Composting in the wonderful Southwest

Posted by bethany_gardener Phoenix (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 11, 09 at 1:44

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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RE: Composting in the wonderful Southwest

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.


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RE: Composting in the wonderful Southwest

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.


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RE: Composting in the wonderful Southwest

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.


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RE: Composting in the wonderful Southwest

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.


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RE: Composting in the wonderful Southwest

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.


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