We went To Cork on Monday with my brother for an hospital appointment and we killed two birds with one stone and did some shopping as well.
I was amazed to see strawberries for sale in October! I bet they are from somewhere foreign like Dunmanway. That's my attempt at humour. Dunmanway is a West Cork town.
We drove to Mahon Point shopping centre and we had a look round B & Q. I have been doing quite a bit of shrub pruning over the last few days. We get ten months growth here next to the Gulf Stream. Plus it rains a lot too. Not forgetting the copious amounts of farm yard manure that gets placed around our plants. So I saw this elctric 2500W impact shredder (that's what it says on the box) for the kings ransom of 77 Euros. Which converts back to 68 Pounds Sterling. Or a night on the lash for one self.
A wheelbarrow full of shrub shreddings waiting to be added to my compost heap. I found it very good when I worked the shredder for 4 hours yesterday. It shreds up to 44 mm no trouble. Which is about one and a half inches. Anything bigger jams the shredder. So I cut the thicker lengths and use them for pea sticks and for markers for my potato rows before I earth them up in early summer.
I think the shredder is a bargain and I reckon that its half paid for already. Especially if we had taken the branches to a recycling centre and paid to get rid of them. You can't use them when its raining or your prunings are wet.
Do you have a garden shredder? Please tell us about it. How long should I leave the shreddings in my compost heap before I can mulch with them?