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Re: newspaper and - or straw

Did I wet the paper?????? This was summer 2003 in ne IN.  Floods everywhere,
plants rotting.
Dry winter?  Don't think so, and good snow cover.
It'll probably just ake another season.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 8:47 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] newspaper and - or straw

> Probably should read all the days posts before responding.... but...
> Did you wet the paper? How dry of a winter did you have? I do this in
> the fall and by spring time, the garden area is good to go... and no
> paper in sight.
> Can't help you with the straw. One year I did cover some tender stuff,
> and then tried mulching it in the spring... turned out to be a royal
> mess... never again!
> Donna
> > Last year (early summer)  I tried 2 ideas advocated on Chat.  I tried
> the
> > newspaper under soil for a new bed.  Well, after digging in there the
> > other
> > day I found I could still read the newspaper - does this seem right?
> >
> > Also, Gene and others suggested shredding up my excess straw from
> > overwintering and lay that in an area for a new bed and cover with
> soil.
> > It
> > is still straw under there.  How long does it take to at least start
> > breaking down?
> >
> > Am I missing something or am I just impatient?
> >
> > Kitty
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