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Gardening in America
Mulch in the Garden and Flower Beds
by Nancy Fletcher

Hopefully this isn't a “too late smart” practice. The reason this can be said is for the learning such a  simple help with my gardening. For all the years to search for straw from wheat fields, hay grown  old while stored in barns, and, or, any other mulching material, something must be said as to the nuisance of the efforts. When we didn't happen to own a pick up truck, it was fortunate a generous Uncle lent us his. Once the hay we brought home was so full of mildew it about was the last straw (is that a pun?)  Sorry!

Last year after seeing a television show on Lasagne gardening at the web site: It was determined we would give this a try.

Well, let me make it clear.  It is a wonderful way to garden. The only regret is that we didn't try it earlier. In the flower beds  the newspaper is simply opened up and put around the flowers you wish to protect from weeds. If one immediately can  wet the paper down with a water hose, you have ready,  the paper has less opportunity to blow away. The windy hill where we live make this a must. With layering of top soil and a little manure the plants become  just remarkably lovely.

For an added bonus it was  discovered bales of newspapers  can be purchased from the local newspaper office here for a very small sum. Of course, you may ask friends to save their used papers for you also. This year finds a freedom from having  to search about for the mulch needed.

What a great thing it is for folks to share their  ways of doing these little things.

A large wrecking bar to punch through the paper in order to set plants helped make it easier to plant. Seeds can be sown without punching through the paper, but just on top of the layers.


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