Making a vegetable bed

crozzroadJune 16, 2011

Hello

First time posting here :-)

I wanted to check if laying newspaper & compost/mulch is a good idea to make a vegetable bed in an existing lawn. One of my friends told me that this will not work as the lead content in the newspaper will make the soil unsuitable for vegetable gardening .

Your valuable thoughts ? ?

Thanks

crozzroad

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
duluthinbloomz4

Your friend needs to drink deeper into the proverbial Pierian Spring...

Nearly all of the ink in newspapers today is soy based using carbon to make the color black. Harmless.

Newsprint is simply thin paper made from a combination of recycled matter/fiber and wood pulp. Harmless.

Google lasagna gardening for instructions on how to best prepare the space and pile stuff on for future gardening/planting.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 4:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
inkognito

As d:in:flower suggests so much of gardening is of the suck it and see variety. But back to the beginning.....

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 6:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Call your local newspaper and ask if their inks include heavy metal. I regularly use newspaper and unprinted cardboard under my mulch to keep down weeds, but I know that my local paper uses soy inks.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 9:08PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Can a new wood fence be moved?
I recently purchased a house with a newly installed...
dyhgarden
Huge commercial project behind me
Hi, all. The Deathstar has arrived-- that is, the 60,000...
demeron
Privacy for Small Yard - Help!
Hi All! First time poster - LONG TIME reader! I'm in...
rsislow
Need help building a retaining wall
Hi all this is my first post so I hope I can get some...
jeffboyardeee
Bed lines don't matter if....
They're covered in snow! It will be interesting to...
Bama_Joe
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™