I have access to an almost unlimited supply of newspaper and want to use it in my compost because it's FREE and in practically unlimited supply. Yes, I know that there are concerns about low level toxins and metals in the colored portions of newspaper, but I will limit the amount of colored pages that are going into my compost. I'm just trying to use the resources that are readily available to me.
I am wondering what methods you use for shredding newspaper before composting. The newspaper comes to me in folded stacks (envision a stack of Sunday papers at the store). I have shredded by hand, but am curious about other methods. I have thought about soaking in a kiddie pool of water before shredding or even building a mulcher/shredder out of an old lawnmower, but I'm not sure how effective it would be on newspaper (as opposed to mulching wood).
What's the best/easiest method you use?
Steve, I have two boxers that could have accomplished that back in their puppy days but thankfully they're less destructive in their old age!
Andy Grove wrote:Jd, that's ingenious (why didn't I think of that!)! I could layer grass clippings and green food waste between the layers, water, cover with a tarp, and have a vertical compost stack! "Turning" wouldn't be necessary if I waited long enough but if I wanted to speed it up, I could simply "re-stack" with the top layers to the bottom and the bottom layers would end up on top.
You might even try modified hay bale gardening with newspapers.
You know what they say about idle minds.
If you do experiment, document with pictures please!
If you dig a trench deep enough to do many layers, and do thin layers of newspaper, manure, soil, mowed stuff, wet that down really well, repeat until you fill up the trench. Then you can plant in it right away.