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Paper mulch around red raspberries

Mulching with paper

Our junk mail built up to fill its box at the same speed as last year, meaning that I had a big bin of shredded paper ready to hit the garden once again in early June. I've decided that this windfall is best used around the red raspberries, which are my hardest perennials to mulch because canes come up in new spots every year. Shredded paper fills in all the gaps nicely, and I only wish I had more of it.

Speaking of raspberries, we're now harvesting a couple of cups a day of reds and blacks. Add that to the broccoli and cabbages that need to be processed this week and the cucumbers that are just getting ripe and we're eating well in the middle of June!



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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