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.
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.