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Best strip cut paper shredder for making mulch?

Fellowes PS-60 paper shredder works as a great mulch making machine

One of the lessons learned from the worm bin experiment is the awesome mulch making power of a good sized strip cut paper shredder.

The Fellowes PS-60 strip cut paper shredder has proven itself over the last 4 months to be one heck of an addition to our permaculture infrastructure.

It might qualify as an entertainment device judging by how much fun Anna seems to have generating these piles of mulch. Come to think of it I've never had a chance to give it a spin due to that chore always ending up on her to do list instead of mine.

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Usually they love shredding the stuff. :-)
Comment by Roland_Smith Tue May 3 17:27:57 2011
That would be awesome if you could train cats to shred paper on command (without them also shredding your books and important papers.) Maybe with good use of a clicker? :-)
Comment by anna Tue May 3 18:24:55 2011

"The only way to herd cats is to block the exits."

I'm pretty much convinced that the cats think they own you instead of the other way around. :-)

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed May 4 02:02:04 2011
Our dog knows how to guard the perimeter, not run on the garden beds, not chase cats, sit and wait for her breakfast, and walk at heel. And I feel lucky if the cats let me put the computer on my lap instead of them....
Comment by anna Wed May 4 07:21:44 2011

We have the same model and use it for worm-bin bedding in our small bins. It's also a great way to prevent identity theft by chewing up all of those bank statements and whatnot.

Anna didn't your mother teach you to share?

Comment by Everett Wed May 4 09:20:23 2011
But it's so much fun..... :-) Okay, okay, Mark can have a turn.
Comment by anna Wed May 4 09:25:20 2011
What kinds of paper are good or bad for a worm bid? I read color paper may be bad because of heavy metals. I don't wanna kill the little suckers, nor do I want to put a bunch of recycled poisons into my veggies.
Comment by Dave Thu May 5 14:54:11 2011
Please see this post on worm bin bedding, especially the comments. Good luck!
Comment by anna Thu May 5 18:17:08 2011

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