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Unshredded mature compost

Unshredded mature compost

This title came to me while putting some “mature” compost, what most would consider garbage, through the shredder in preparation to feeding it to my gardens. I feed my compost a fair amount of coarse material – twigs, sod, corn cobs, egg shells, etc.. They decompose to a point, and would completely break down to humus as all organic material must, but I don’t have the storage facilities for that many years. Hence, the shredding!




I have an old Kemp shredder that just keeps on shredding. It is on its second motor, which I considered a good investment – $140 (new in box) on Kijiji vs. $1140 for a new model of chipper/shredder.Kemp shredder


Is the shredding absolutely necessary – no! But it does reduce the material to a consistency that makes for a nice smooth seed bed. If the compost is destined for something like the raspberry patch or flower beds, then I don’t shred it, but the veggie garden gets the royal treatment – through the shredder it goes.



Since I use my own compost in my Soil Block mix, that too must be of a finer consistency, or the blocks will fall apart. In fact, for the mini blocks, I go one step further and actually pass the shredded compost through a 1/4″ hardware cloth screen. Is the work worth the little bit of effort – sure is, at least in my garden.

Shredded compost

Shredded compost



  1. brian luck says:

    If you put pieces that are small enough to compost, no need for a shredder, at that price, and the shredder takes up space, which is at a premium in the city of Toronto. Each year, the garden gives off a lot of waste material, dead leaves, dead flowers, cut grass, and if you are astute, some food waste products can be used as well. It is so exciting to inspect your compost, and see all those little bugs working away on the compost, and turning it into fine smelling topsoil. In the city of toronto, we have to be careful, as there is a high content of salt, and even plastic bag material, We can get it for free from the city, and it is fascinating to watch the city compost sites, steaming in the winter, as the internal temperature of a compost pile is almost 80 degrees Farenheit!! If you have a Yard, you can control the sodium content, add an accellerator, and the reward in the spring is Fabulous. Try it !! God will love you for it. Brian

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