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In a message dated 8/5/2000 5:19:10 AM Central Daylight Time, 
mcorley@compuserve.com writes:

<<  It should help hold the moisture in
 during the hot summer months.  My iris bed is sandy and nutrients and
 moisture just head for China. >>

My dad used newspaper to grow tomatoes.  He scooped out the soil, layered the 
bottom of the hole with a couple of inches of newspapers and filled the dirt 
back in.  Dad ran a commercial cave in Mo.  They lived in the back of the 
gift shop which was at the entrance of the cave.  His garden was over the 
cave--dolemite rock and shale. He was gardening in a thin layer of heavy clay 
on top of a cave. When he watered his garden, the cave dripped more inside.  

Mom's garden was in a slightly less porous area by the parking lot.  She grew 
outstanding specimens of Lime Fizz, Powdered Snow, Butterscotch Bronze, and 
Vita Fire.  They grew just at the drip line of some very large trees.  Each 
night she watered her babies, the roses and annuals.  She broke a lot of 
gardening rules but grew a very prolific and outstanding garden.

Betty in Bowling Green KY  


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