MicheLLe asks: Glass clippings for vegetable garden safe for compost?
If I scoop my grass clippings into my garden to help prevent weeds from taking hold, and to give extra compost to my garden, would this be okay? Or does the grass take root and begin growing again?
Thanks for any advice? Also, is newspaper a safe and good weed preventative/compost additive? (I already use kitchen scraps and old flowers or plant leaves in my garden by cutting them into small pieces and letting them decay naturally)..I am just being over run by weeds, and I do everything completely 100% organic.
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Answer by Ishtar
Grass clippings are fine – grass spreads by roots and runners and won’t spread from cut blades of grass. It’s a good nitrogen source for the compost pile. Newspaper is safe, as are tissues, paper towels, and shredded cardboard, all of which add plenty of carbon to the pile but not much other nutritional value. Most of the stuff you have listed as additives are ‘greens’ so you probably need the ‘browns’ represented by paper products. Dried fall leaves are best, though – do you collect your leaves in the fall for composting?
You can lay down newspaper several sheets thick, or sheets of corrugated cardboard, in order to smother weeds and grass underneath it in a garden bed – punch holes in it to plant seedlings, and cover with mulch so it looks good.
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