UK Veg Gardeners

I am lucky in most ways with the closeness of the garden to the house so I can plug in at all places in the garden with electric tools which, while heavy, are about less than half the price of petrol driven machines. I make sure I wear rubber boots though, after a bad experience.I bought a shredder this week, and wonder why I did not make proper use of the last one that I had for 30 years or more. It served its time as an apple masher, and not a wood shredder at all.

If one is creating garden paths or looking for bio fuel a shredder is the way ahead. I cannot imagine why I have not used such biofuel before! Slow burning from all my hedge trimmings and they are about 60m long or more, and all the prunings from the trees!

In a way I need a stove to draw the wood better rather than just the open fire, but they are pricy.

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Shredded tree prunings and hedge clippings mixed with grass mowings make a usable compost if left to rot down. I throw a handful or two of chicken manure into the mix which seems to help the process.

A usable compost, path topping, and fire bio-fuel; three good uses. I cant imagine why I've not done the shredding before!!

I too also purchased a shredder last year... I love the process of using up ones own waste to put to good use. 

Sad to say the shrdder has gone on the blink after about a dozen uses, but it may only be a safety mechanism, so I shall try again when the weather is warm enough to stand around. Meanwhile I shall use my hand saw. I've taken a week off outdoor exercise, so I'm getting better at yoga again! Very pleasant mist rolling across the valley today so perhaps I shall suceed in more tidying, while the farm tractor puts some good touches to the front hedge. No shredding material from there.

I use the shreddings on the open fire in the lounge or on the compost heap, or instead of gravel on top of weed blocker.

Sal Tuplin said:

I too also purchased a shredder last year... I love the process of using up ones own waste to put to good use. 

Gareth, my shredder packed up once and I found that when I had last cleaned it I hadn’t tightened down the top section hard enough. It seems you really need a good tight contact between the two sections and if there is a layer of debris/dust it can bring it to a help.


Exactly it Colin! Thanks. I was a bit tired so turned it on again before tightening the long screw.  Tightening the screw is lengthy for some reason, and safety may be the reason.

Colin Robinson said:

Gareth, my shredder packed up once and I found that when I had last cleaned it I hadn’t tightened down the top section hard enough. It seems you really need a good tight contact between the two sections and if there is a layer of debris/dust it can bring it to a help.

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