Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another Lesson In Newspaper Mulching!

Here's another post about newspaper mulching. I actually get quite a few hits from people searching "newspaper mulching" on google or whatnot. For the record. I have no idea what I am doing. I just read an article from the University of West Virginia who said this was good. I'm testing out those crazy West Virginians theory. Here is what I do:

Here I have my cheapo $10 paper shredder from Walmart that I bought to "shred my personal" stuff years ago. I bring it outside with an extension cord. I have this wonderful Ames wheelbarrel that the previous owners left. I shread and dump in there.

I just use basic old newspapers. I don't use ads.

Here's what my garden looks like now. Too much newspaper? I don't know. I try to build up around each plant to make the water stay around the plant.

And here is my beloved Gretchen.
I talked to my Polish neighbor. He asked me what was all over my garden. I told him I shredded a bunch of newspaper for mulch. I think he thinks I'm some sort of Ecofriendly Hippie. I'm not. I'm just cheap and do weird things like this from time to time.


Katidids said...

I think we have the same neighbor! I'm using your idea, i had it to close to the plants at first and almost lost them.
Doing great now!

cheapbychoice said...

What a great idea, I will have to try it.

Paula said...


Well gotta get rid of those newspapers some how.

Looks great to me.

Virginia said...

Oh neat idea! I put down newspaper below my raised beds as a barrier between the "garden dirt" and the regular lawn...

Hope the newspaper helps your garden!

Queenbuv3 said...

I just read about mulching tomato plants with newspaper and I'm going to try it. Also, in Parade this weekend they said to crush eggshells and put them on the dirt around your tomato plants. Good luck you cheap hippie! That's a compliment, by the way ; )