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Old paper becomes mulch


Shredded-paper mulchThe shelves behind my desk saw a major overhaul this past weekend. The area probably still looks cluttered and messy to you, but believe me, if I'd taken a before photo, you would be able to tell the difference!

As a bonus, I scored three shredder-runs worth of old phone books, junk mail, and no-longer-needed-written-in notebooks to turn into garden mulch. This time around, the blueberries were the lucky recipients --- three plants are now all mulched and ready to repel the weeds of spring.

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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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Ive used shredded paper for wprm bins but never shiny & or heavy inked paper. For mulch do you watch the type?
Comment by Jim Mon Jan 19 09:01:25 2015
Jim --- Good question! I consider the quality of paper to be (from best to worst): black and white newsprint, black and white computer-type paper, non-glossy newsprint with colored ink, glossy colored paper of any type. I'll use the first two without batting an eyelash and will mix in a moderate amount of the third time. The really glossy, colored paper, though, isn't worth using.
Comment by anna Wed Jan 21 18:40:05 2015

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