Step 2: Stockpile grass clippings

It's best to use fresh clippings since they tend to mold if you keep them in a pile for too long. It's better to have too much than not enough.
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Covering your garden with straw works just as well even after planting with seeds or anything to stop the weeds.
Oh that's smart!&nbsp; I&nbsp;always hated the look of newspaper lying around the garden, but putting the grass clippings on top takes care of that!&nbsp; Thanks!<br />
I do the exact same thing and have a virtually weed free garden. We also mulch around all of our shrubbery and trees with grass and leaves collected with our homemade riding mower collection system. Have not bought mulch of any sort for two years. The nice thing, it all decomposes and adds nutrients and compost back to the garden.
I also use newspaper successfully for keeping weeds out. However, I wet the newspaper first, then carefully lay it around the plants, this helps hold it in place until you can put the mulch on top. It also makes it easier to tear the paper if you need to place around a stem of the plant.
I have tried this before and I called the local newspaper about the inks in their papers and though some dailies are moving toward biodegradable inks the color pictures can be very toxic containing heavy metals which are not good for anyone?
I too had this question several years ago when I began this same practice. The word I got from my local paper was that the black and color inks used on the flat-surfaced (i.e. not shiny) paper are completely safe. Glossy papers (i.e. coupons, ads, etc.) are NOT good for this practice. The great thing about newspaper is that it is apparently quite high in nitrogen--obviously an attribute the plants love.
I had not heard this about color photos. All the papers I get do not have any kind of a color section and the few times I do, I recycle them since they do not cover much surface area. Probably a good idea to stay away from them. Most papers (I have been told more than 90%) use a soy based ink that is fully biodegradable. I know for certain my paper does. When in doubt, call your local paper (if it still exists). :-/ Thanks for the input guuber.
do the plants just grow through the newspapers?
No. What you have to do is allow gaps for the plants you want to grow. If you are planting actual plants, plant them first, lay the newspaper around the bases of the plants, then cover with grass clippings. If you are doing seeds, then leave a long narrow gap in the row where you have planted the seeds. This will allow some weeds to grow and you will have to do some (very little) weeding around the actual plants but it works great from keeping weeds down between rows.

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