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Ragdoll
Farmgirl at Heart

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Patti
Livermore Kentucky
USA
4 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2009 :  4:31:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My dear ol' Granny taught me years ago how to make a "Newspaper Garden". I've never found anyone who knows what a "Newspaper Garden" is before I explain it to them. Makes me wonder if Granny evented it herself?? In a newspaper garden you can plant your rows much closer together because you don't need the room to get cumbersome tillers, etc. between the rows because no weeds will grow there. After planting your rows you just lay newspapers between the rows (several thicknesses), this not only prevents weeds from growing there.....it also becomes very good compost that you can plow right back into your garden. The newspapers decompose nicely during the season so are easy to till into the soil and since they're made from wood are also good for your garden. And it works, it really does. I've never tried it but I bet this would also be good for strawberry beds(?).

"Every day is Earth Day in my world." -Patti Case

ruralfarmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

4309 Posts

Rene'
Prosser WA
USA
4309 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2009 :  5:54:31 PM  Show Profile  Send ruralfarmgirl a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Patti,
I have heard of it. Matter of fact I have placed newspaper under my raised bed soil.

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Aunt Jenny
True Blue Farmgirl

11381 Posts

Jenny
middle of Utah
USA
11381 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2009 :  5:59:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have really been thinking about doing this!

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herbquilter
True Blue Farmgirl

891 Posts

Kristine
Bonney Lake Wa
USA
891 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2009 :  7:22:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We build raised bed in layers:
-garden soil
-cardboard
-compost
Lay dripper hoses & plant

Our beds have wood sides and are the easiest to maintain!!!

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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2009 :  9:26:21 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I do this when I really get in my gardening mode. I love it. It really creates a nice topsoil after a few years! It also encourages lots of worms!!

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paintnpencils
Farmgirl in Training

31 Posts

jessica
glen rock pa
USA
31 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2009 :  8:40:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I save my newspapers all winter to do this, and then I mow and rake grass to place ontop and where I put it down I don't have any weeds!
I love this technique! it saves me alot of weeding time!

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Tina Michelle
True Blue Farmgirl

6948 Posts

Tina
sunshine state FL
USA
6948 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2009 :  12:52:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my ex landlord does this and also uses mushroom compost in his garden I just drove up to their house last week and they have the greatest garden, everything was so lush and green and producing like crazy.

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Ingrid
True Blue Farmgirl

428 Posts

Ingrid
BC
Canada
428 Posts

Posted - Jun 15 2009 :  1:30:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've done this for years and my dad also did it. Works great.

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LynnMarie
True Blue Farmgirl

612 Posts

Lynn
Staunton IL
USA
612 Posts

Posted - Jun 16 2009 :  3:21:30 PM  Show Profile  Send LynnMarie a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I also lay newspaper down but in addition to that, this year with new raised beds (I moved last March but only gardened in large pots last year) I added shredded newspaper and put leaves and grass clippings on top of it. Then I topped that with sheep compost, planted seeds, and topped the seeds with more compost. The gardens are doing great despite all the rain. I keep adding grass clippings and newspapers to the layers. It really keeps the weeds out and builds up the soil.

So far I have vegetables in 3 raised beds, 3 large flower pots, 1 wash tub, and a 4 sided wire square where I planted Indian corn, pumpkins, and zucchini. I still have to fill two more wash tubs to fill with compost to plant more stuff. Oh, I forgot to say I have an old copper boiler filled with painted daisies and zinnias.

I have the biggest, healthiest worms. : )

I've always been afraid to add cardboard to my garden because of the glue. Does anyone know anything about that?

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Linda Houston
True Blue Farmgirl

538 Posts

Linda
Lake Charles Louisiana
USA
538 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2009 :  2:57:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have heard of this but never have done it. I think this is the time to try. Thanks
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peapicker
True Blue Farmgirl

716 Posts


texas
USA
716 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2009 :  3:27:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea. I'm getting started with newspaper right away. Thanks a bunch.
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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2009 :  07:47:26 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I went to go get newspaper from the recycling center the other day and the truck was empty. And all I could think of was that they must have just emptied it and what a waste of good newspaper! LOL I mean recycling is great but my garden needed that news paper! LOL ;)

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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1247 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1247 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2009 :  2:46:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
newspaper garden is great for the strawbeery beds.
Laurie

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cajungrammie
True Blue Farmgirl

124 Posts

tina
dry prong la.
USA
124 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  07:05:10 AM  Show Profile  Send cajungrammie a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Great idea!i hate weeds.i will have to try this!thanks a bunch!

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Ga Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

2355 Posts

Karen
Meansville Ga.
USA
2355 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  3:36:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never heard of this but it sounds great if it keeps the weeds at bay!

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MrsDirtDoctor
True Blue Farmgirl

165 Posts


Hallowell Maine
USA
165 Posts

Posted - Jul 20 2009 :  3:56:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my mother told me about this but i haven't tried it yet. the weeds are almost unbearable..i think i'll go do it tomorrow
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carollewis
Farmgirl at Heart

1 Posts

Carol
Manning Oregon
USA
1 Posts

Posted - Nov 30 2009 :  8:01:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This sounds similar to "Lasagna Gardening." you can start a garden anywhere with this method - even on a gravel lot - put down straw and cardboard, newspaper, compost etc and then plant. The layers become your soil. I have never tried it, but it is something I want to try next year. Instead of recycling newspaper and cardboard, I am saving all of it for gardening!

Happy Gardening!!
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antoinette
True Blue Farmgirl

826 Posts

Toni
East Freedom PA
USA
826 Posts

Posted - Dec 01 2009 :  7:02:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I usually start a new garden patch this way. I lay down my newspaper and top with mulch
and next spring I have a new plot to play with. Toni
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herblady55
True Blue Farmgirl

3364 Posts

Judy
Louisville Ohio(Stark Co)
USA
3364 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2010 :  4:09:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Carol, my mom just gave me the book, "Lasagna Gardening" for a gift. I love it. Lots of great ideas.

Farmgirl Sister# 905
Judy
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marcyl
Farmgirl in Training

27 Posts

marcy
st peters mo
USA
27 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2010 :  1:45:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This sounds like a great way to recycle my packing papers and cardboard!
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peafarm
True Blue Farmgirl

182 Posts

Penny
South Dakota
182 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2010 :  7:42:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last summer I experimented with the sq ft gardening method. My "garden" was my cold frame and I started with spring lettuce and ended with fall carrots. I actually went thru the effort of cutting 'squares' thru multiple layers of newspaper. I planted my seeds in my holes and when the plants got tall enough I added grass clippings to add additional mulching as the newspaper broke down.

I eliminated the thinning, had very few weeds and watered much less too. Plus the lettuce was cleaner with the dirt not splashing on the plants after a rain. Next to nothing for bugs and had A LOT of lettuce (36 plants) in my 2' x 3' space. Too much actually for us to keep up with eating. This year will cut back the lettuce and add radishes and carrots. And will also beg for a piece of my husband's garden (he's the true gardener) to take over an additional square foot garden plot. My secret goal is to be able to admire my husband working out in his garden while I watch mine grow from my lounge chair.
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Ingrid
True Blue Farmgirl

428 Posts

Ingrid
BC
Canada
428 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2010 :  5:38:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have done this for the past two years and has eliminated the weeds on the garden paths. Works great.

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graciegreeneyes
True Blue Farmgirl

3107 Posts

Amy Grace
Rosalia WA
USA
3107 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2010 :  7:42:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did this too in conjunction with a modified square foot garden - it worked great in the part of the garden that I got done before the weeds got away from me. My goal for this year is to get the rest of the garden into this program. We have a huge space that was, at one time, a horse pasture, then was let go so it has lots of bindweed and thistles and morning glory weed. I had enough success last year though that I know I can get more done this year, now if it would just hurry up and be spring....
Amy Grace

Farmgirl #224
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shepherdess
True Blue Farmgirl

359 Posts

Robin
Eatonville Washington
USA
359 Posts

Posted - Feb 12 2010 :  12:29:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do all my gardening this way and I love it

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sw80689
True Blue Farmgirl

207 Posts

Sharon
Papillion Nebraska
USA
207 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2010 :  12:29:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have heard of the newspapers before but not tried it. I am going to try it this year! Thanks for the info:)

Sharon
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Wildcrafter
True Blue Farmgirl

340 Posts

Suzanne
Burlington WA
USA
340 Posts

Posted - May 01 2010 :  08:18:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info. I am starting a new garden this year. 25x50. Half herbs, half vegetables. It's a newly (January) tilled area that has been meadow, so lots of grass. I've tilled it twice, put down black plastic, but only for 3 months, so not enough time to fully kill the weeds. Lots of grass coming back up. So.....down went the straw. That works as long as it's put down thick enough, but I see places where my helpers and I had different ideas on the meaning of thickly laid down. I think I'll put the newspapers down as well. Very very good idea!

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