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    is shredded paper "green" or "brown"?

    also, last time I put a lot of shredded paper in the heap, I got a rat. I am not at all sure the two are connected, but does anyone do anything to shredded paper to minimise rat-friendliness? (water it? write rude things about rats on it?)
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    I use shredded paper as browns and always water every layer as its added and it make most excellent brown composting material, I compress in buckets with lids and store on the plot for when I need them. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePCH...JG2HtQ&index=1

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    thanks Cadders,

    I have a lot of brown in my plot compost heap, so I'll put it in the Dalek, but noted about water.
    Sorry, can't watch the video - do you compress dry or wet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    thanks Cadders,

    I have a lot of brown in my plot compost heap, so I'll put it in the Dalek, but noted about water.
    Sorry, can't watch the video - do you compress dry or wet?
    I compress dry, I have two buckets and place the shredded paper in there then add the second bucket that has four 2 litre pop bottles as weight and just let gravity do its thing. I keep topping up and compressing until I can get no more in and then the lid goes on and it goes into composting corner where I have coir, spent compost, hops from the local brewery, coffee grounds, cut cardboard etc ready for adding to greens in the form of grass cutting and vegetation from the plot. I don't compost weeds at all, I should do really.

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    I always add a handful of shreddings in the bottom of my kitchen caddie it helps when emptying it into my compost bins.
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    I shred the letters etc and add it as a brown and I also have several bags of newspaper which I tear to shreds and add as a brown when I don't have anything else.

    I add a layer to the compost then water it, layering it with grass cuttings / green garden waste.

    To keep rats away I have a tree stake and one of those compost stirring things which I keep jabbing in and waggling it about. Rats don't like being disturbed plus it let's air get down into the heap.

    It might also be too dry so the rats are comfy. Next time you stir the compost see if you need to add any water.

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    Got to be brown. Will now be using it as Croydon now won't take shredded paper in recycling.

    I have loads of newspaper from large bird cage. I put them in old compost bags which I leave in open. With weather like today's they'll be wet and won't need damping down when adding to heap. Wet paper is easier to tear.
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    Hi Ya, enjoyed the info Cadalot very interesting. I find the composting side as interesting as the vegg bit. I use newspaper and place in the bottom of the buckets I have where I place my veggie peelings. I rip it up but don't shred it. I have considered using gash junk mail but considered the ink and glues they use on the envelopes etc. When I apply my peelings I don't water as the veggie peelings tend to soak the paper anyway. I am always on the look out for plastic buckets as the lids don't last and split. Where do you source yours from? I do shred cardboard and add that to my runner trench with compost to hold moisture in. I am on sandy soil and it's hungry ground and nothing is seen the next year but the soil looks good. Happy Gardening all

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