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Old 09-12-2018, 03:59 PM
Location: Washington state
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I used newspaper on top of my soil. In addition to keeping the weeds down, it also keeps the ground moist underneath so you don't have to water as often. And as Oldgardner said, when it decomposes it will turn to mulch.

I started out by putting newspaper around my plants when I got so sick of weeding, but the next year I laid the paper out on the dirt first, threw some more dirt on it (to keep it from flying away) and then just punched holes in it to plant. That worked really well for me.

When I had a garden I had pure clay for soil. I used to wait till it rained to till up the ground, because that was the only time you could dig in the soil. But I planted everything with a handful of peat moss and had a pretty good garden. The strawberries and tomatoes went absolutely wild. They loved that clay. Some stuff didn't grow in it but what did, really grew!

Yet I never hear anyone talk about using clay in a garden.

Edited to add: that clay took a lot of watering, though.
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