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Re: Spuria Identification

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Spuria Identification
  • From: Lawrence & Helen Lacey lacey@avalon.net
  • Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 18:06:17 -0600

Since you used my photo, I will mention what I do.  The city picks up one 90 gal wheeled garbage dumpster of garden refuse each week during the growing season.  I reserve that for tall bearded foliage, seedy weeds, 
a species of allium  I am trying to get rid of, and anything else that is either not dry enough or too tough to grind in my hammer mill.  I reworked my chipper shredder into a decent hammer mill, by removing the chipper disc, covering the hole, completely redid the fixed hammer unit by welding diamond bar (1/2"X3/4" tool steel) to each hammer, replaced both bearings,  bought a new custom 3/8" hole screen and replaced the balky under powered gas engine with a 6Hp 220 volt electric motor.  One hundred fifty feet of welder extension cord gets me wherever I need to go.  I took the chipper disc out because it only had one knife, was always dull and thus constantly clogged up.  I can usually grind brush up t 1"in diameter if not long and extra tough in my improved mill.

Lawrence Lacey

On Mar 8, 2006, at 8:20 AM, Steven Hill wrote:

I'll borrow Mr. Lacey's beautiful picture to illustrate my question. During the growing season, I  have lots of garden garbage, and can't seem to find a way to dispose of it short of taking it to the landfill. I have tried composting, but the weekly volume is too much. Does anyone have  great ideas as to how to recycle iris foliage and return it into the soil. It sounds so simple, but I can't seem to find ways to "chop or grind" up the vegetation. I am looking for all ideas, thanks.




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