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Newspaper as Mulch

By valleylynn
January 21, 2012

Inexpensive weed block: I use newspapers as a free source of material to block weeds once my tomato plants are in the ground. Over the growing season the newspaper is converted to wonderful compost by a combination of water, soil contact, and worms.

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fiwit
Jan 20, 2012 6:05 PM CST
I use newspaper and/or cardboard as the base for any new beds I make... Layer it thick, wet it down, add whatever soil amendments, etc, else on top of it. Created an 8x16 raised bed that way in summer 2008 -- took 3 years for the crabgrass to start coming up through the sides of it.

I'm a HUGE fan of newspapers/cardboard as a weedblock.
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woofie
Jan 20, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Does anyone know if newspaper with colored ink on it is ok to use?
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dave
Jan 20, 2012 6:14 PM CST

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The colored ink is fine, but I wouldn't use the "glossy" sheets.
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valleylynn
Jan 20, 2012 6:22 PM CST
Glossy sheets don't work well and I believe it is not the garden friendly ink used for glossy printed material. : )
I'll have to check on that.
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Marilyn
Jan 20, 2012 6:38 PM CST
fiwit said:I use newspaper and/or cardboard as the base for any new beds I make... Layer it thick, wet it down, add whatever soil amendments, etc, else on top of it. Created an 8x16 raised bed that way in summer 2008 -- took 3 years for the crabgrass to start coming up through the sides of it.

I'm a HUGE fan of newspapers/cardboard as a weedblock.


I agree That's what I have been doing! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Green Grin! Big Grin Green Grin! Thumbs up Thumbs up

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valleylynn
Jan 20, 2012 6:56 PM CST
I love the fact that it helps retain moisture in the ground, plus discouraging weeds. I have also noticed that it helps improve my clay soil.
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KyWoods
Jan 20, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Hmm, I need to put a newspaper/cardboard donation box at the end of our road then... Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 20, 2012 9:06 PM CST
We don't get the newspaper, so I go to the recycle box and get them. : )
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LindaTX8
Jan 20, 2012 9:14 PM CST
I use it mainly for pathways where I don't want weeds coming up. Has to be replaced by more from time to time.
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valleylynn
Jan 20, 2012 10:01 PM CST
It sure kept the weeds from coming up around our tomatoes this last summer. Saved a lot of time weeding. Thumbs up
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Marilyn
Jan 20, 2012 10:40 PM CST
We haven't gotten the daily newspaper here in a long time, so I use the Boone County paper that comes once a week and cardboard from boxes. When the next good weather day comes (who knows when that will be, with the weather we've been having Blinking ), I'm going to try and get some things done outside and that will be one of the projects. Thumbs up

Gotta try and remember to save the county paper instead of tossing it. Whistling

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valleylynn
Jan 21, 2012 12:23 AM CST
Hilarious! Tie a string around your finger Marilyn. Green Grin!

We've been raining and flooding here. Won't be working outside anytime soon. Sad
Sand bags are up and that is all we can do for now.
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Jan 21, 2012 11:49 AM CST
Yikes, Lynn, I hope you stay high and dry!
Marilyn, it's supposed to get up into the 50's tomorrow. Hurray! I'm trying to figure out how I'm gonna get down this icy hill to get to work at 7:30 am though...
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LindaTX8
Jan 21, 2012 1:24 PM CST
These hills very rarely get really icy...but it does happen on occasion. Whole different ball game going up and down hills with ice there, not like ice on level places!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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valleylynn
Jan 21, 2012 2:09 PM CST
Call in Renee. I'm such a chicken when it comes to icy roads that are downhill. Sad
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Jan 21, 2012 3:55 PM CST
I thought for sure that since I was finally able to pry the door open, that it was warming up and thawing out, esp. since I put salt down. Glare
I had to call and get someone else to cover my morning shift, and I'll take the afternoon shift when it thaws out. Thank goodness a tree was there to keep me from rolling off the hill into the woods. Hilarious!



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Marilyn
Jan 21, 2012 5:35 PM CST
We've been inside all day today, because of the freezing rain and icy conditions. All I did was go outside to put some birdseed on the ground, since the feeders were iced up. Supposed to get to 50 (hopefully) on Sunday. We were only in the mid 20's for the high today, which is well below average.

Did you say Renée that you were out on the roads today? Blinking Blinking Blinking

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LindaTX8
Jan 21, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Oh, no! My driveway goes downhill. Once when we had a bad ice storm, we stayed home without power for days. I knew for sure if I tried to drive down the driveway, I'd end up sliding down, then across the road, and to where the ground goes downward to the dry creekbed.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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KyWoods
Jan 21, 2012 6:08 PM CST
Um...didn't quite make it out of the driveway...
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 21, 2012 6:16 PM CST
Renee, is that your car? Blinking
Oh please don't go out.

No ice here, just rain. We have the sand bags down, and they'll stay down until all danger of flooding is over. We have another big rain front coming in Tue. Thumbs down

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