Thanks for the response! I'll probably use it in entire sheets (with a large hole cut out around the plant that is being mulched) in order to suppress weed growth and keep the ground moist. My veteran vegetable growing parents suggested this, so I assume they know what they are talking about.
Hopefully, as long as I don't leave the escort ads facing up, it will be fine with the P-patch.
You are not Scully. This is a forgery!
Shall I be first to the obvious Zinger?
"IT'S BETTER AS MULCH THAN AS READING MATERIAL!"
Just out to make the Boss Man Steen proud.
I have chickens at my place, and I find that old Strangers, passed through a paper shredder, are ideal bedding material. Much cheaper than straw, less dusty than wood shavings, and newsprint covered with chicken shit is amazing worm food. My creatures have never been so happy!
If you're trying to kill grass, make sure you put down a LOT, and overlap like crazy. We're killing some grass that way, and although twelve sheets thick was recommended, that's not nearly enough. I would actually use cardboard if I was doing it again, although you lose the mulch aspect -- the idea with newspaper is that once it's all dead you can just turn it into the soil. Cardboard we're going to have to pull out of there.
I am far too lazy to pull weeds (I hate grubbing in the dirt!), so I've been using the "bury it" method for years - put down several layers of newspaper, wet it thoroughly, then cover with a couple inches of mulch. I use compost, because it looks nice and enriches the soil. It's the only method that works worth a damn for someone as disinclined to garden as me.
I did it using full-size newsprint (Thank you Pee-Eye!) several years ago. It does work very well at keeping the weeds from popping up, but also as noted above it won't really compost on its own. You will need to mechanically till it in somehow.
It could be I didn't do it quite right, and/or was misinformed- I put it down right over the weeds, then put black visqueen down over it, weighed down with rocks. Let it sit all year, and next spring expected rich, thick mulch. While the weeds were dead (the black visqueen absorbs light, and gets nasty hot underneath, killing everything), the newspaper sort of just sat there and got a little mushy.
But I tilled it in, and the garden ended up growing very well.
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