Mary, what about the colored inks used on paper, reprints
of downloads, etc.?
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Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 9:32
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: Lazy
Man's New Flower Bed
I read a book called weedless gardening that suggested a
technique very close to this one and it works like a dream.....I never tried
the shredded paper, bit I have access to it at work also.......thanks for
Have a great day all!
I do the same, and fortunately, I have a good source for well
rotted horse manure compost. However, I do one thing differently; I
use about six inches of paper shredder shreds, then sprinkile them hard and
tramp around on them to flatten. This seems to work as well as the
newspaper, and gets rid of the shreds. I do not subscribe to a
newspaper anymore, and I have read that the colored circulars you get for
free aren't good for the environment. I work in a medical clinic and
there are tons and tons of papers shredded every day.
This is my third year doing this. Thought some of
you might be interested. My yard had the topsoil stripped and sold
when the house was built 35 years ago. I lay down 6 layer thickness
of newsprint (any less and the dandelions and clover find their way
through) overlapping all joints. Then lay on at least 8 inches of
(very fluffy) horse manure compost and let it sit until next year, when I
will dig only where I'm planting and use the soil from the bottom of the
hole for the top 4 inches, mixing the rest in the hole. Any weeds
that sprout between (very few from blown-in seeds) are really easy to pull
out of this light, fluffy compost. So far, no rot in my climate
BTW, this was not my idea. I read it somewhere on the
internet and decided to try it.
Anybody have a picture of Bernice's
Legacy? Stalk up on it and I bought it sight unseen.
Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5
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