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3/25 Full Circle: Deb Darr


We bought a paper shredder for home use. Rather than bag the shredded papers and having to take them to the recycling center, can I use the "shreds" for my garden?


Shredded paper makes a good fiber source to add to your compost pile or your compost tumbler. However, I would not use envelopes that have the plastic-type window or the slick ads that come in the newspaper. Just cover the shredded paper with dirt and maybe some compost maker and let it sit for a while. You can turn it and re-cover it with dirt. The earthworms really seem to enjoy living in it, too.


I was puzzled about the amount of hay that describes a "flake." How much hay is in a flake?


Some people may argue with this information, but I was told a flake of hay is the amount that separates from the bale once it is open from the bailing strings.

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