Susan W wrote:I always chuckle when I see Grass Clippings. Am I the only one who leaves them be to nourish the lawn? I have the standard mulcher-mower, cut high, and sometimes things get thick. I just wisk any thick clippings around. Grass is green, haven't watered this season, but then we have had some rain!
This might be a funny sounding question to ask, but it's nevertheless something I think about when making mulch and adding shredded brown paper - do you think the printing ink on the brown paper affects anything at all in the mulch chemically?rainbowgardener wrote:Grass clippings are a good source of Nitrogen for your soil. They are not very complete as a soil amendment, unlike compost which has all the macro and micro/trace nutrients and soil biology to process it. You also have to be a bit careful with grass clippings as mulch, because they can pack down and mat at which point they tend to shut out air and water and don't break down well. I like to mix grass clippings and pulled weeds (greens) with straw or wood chips, shredded paper, etc (browns) for a nutritionally complete mulch.
Well its not that simple, to legally be able to call your ink soy based it need to have only 5% soy based ink in it, the rest can be all the bad chemicals you want, and been using since the dawn of time just dilute with 5% soy ink. So it could be almost as bad as it use to be, and sadly thats the cheaper way too. Because of this I recycle all my paper with print on, it becomes new paper and all is good. But I'm quite picky with these things. If I wouldnt I think I would prefer to compost it first, then add to the garden.imafan26 wrote:Most newpapers now use soy based ink for the black and white pages. so are o.k. for composting as long as you avoid the colored glossy paper which has other chemicals on it. Most of the inks used today are less toxic than before and should be o.k. The amount of ink should be a very small quantity when mixed with the other browns and greens. I have used shredded computer paper in the worm bin and it has not killed the worms so I think it would be o.k. in a compost pile.
Well that wasnt my main source, you missed the link? So read again. And it doesnt make much difference, becuase what was said there is true...imafan26 wrote:Consider your source. Wikipedia depends on someone editing it. My source is Cornell University.
Exactly! Good point made there.Vanisle_BC wrote:The printing-ink information on the website referenced by Mr green;
https://www.triplepundit.com/2013/01/soy ... h-reality/
mostly appears to come from Gary Jones, Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety, Printing Industries of America. Probably someone unlikely to be overstating any undesirable properties of printing inks.
About 35 years ago I made a lasagna bed with, new papers, cardboard, leaves, it was a disaster. I raked soil back, put down cardboard, news papers, leaves in several places then covered it with about 5" of soil it was late Oct. Spring I planted the garden everything was good until plants got tall and hot weather arrived. Cold winter weather did not allow any of the, cardboard, news paper or leaves to decompose roots were blocked from growing deep in the soil and tall plants fell over. Hot weather soil was too dry most plants died roots could not grow down deep where moisture was. I tried to till the cardboard, news paper, and leaves into smaller pieces but it wadded up in the tiller so I dug it up by hand then burned it later. I replanted the garden again in July 100 degree weather is a very bad time to plant a garden. Lasagna idea might work if I cut cardboard into small pieces, news paper wads a few inches apart, till dry leaves into soil instead of letting them lay there all winter like a wet carpet covered with soil. These days I burn cardboard & news papers they don't burn well there is a lot of black carbon that is good for the soil too. Tree leaves burned in a pile makes a lot of black carbon once flames are gone an fire looks like red hot charcoal I till it into the soil while it is still on fire & fire goes out quick. All that carbon makes the soil black but it is soon gone in another year or so. In fall before rain season starts I mow tree leaves it cuts them into tiny pieces and mower blows them onto the garden surface then I till them into the soil. The past 2 years we had to much rain tree leaves could not be mowed or raked.imafan26 wrote: 1. The first would be to make a lasagna bed.