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Re: Using newspapers

Back when I knew something about the issue, it was generally accepted that you need only worry about colored inks on newsprint, since the black ink is, as best as I can recall, a soy-based product.  The real danger of using newspaper, however, is the threat of finding the pages distributed across the county by our friend the wind.  Here in New England, our handy supply of rocks helps with that problem, but I doubt Blacksburg, VA is so well endowed.  Also, remember that decaying newsprint will tie up nitrogen, so plan to add a nitrogen source.
-----Original Message-----
From: James Shepherd <jashep@usit.net>
To: community_garden@mallorn.com <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Date: Thursday, September 09, 1999 9:35 PM
Subject: [cg] Using newspapers

    Can anybody tell me about the possible dangers of using newspapers as a way to kill grass where one want's to make a flower/garden bed?  My girlfriend is trying to do some resarch on the subject for a professor at VA. Tech.  I was hoping that this would be a good place to ask. 
                                Thanks to any who reply,

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