I am pleased to announce my new gardening column, Indy Garden Sense, appearing each Thursday in the The Southside Times, a local weekly newspaper available at various locations in southern Marion County and northern Johnson County. My first column appeared today.
I would like to give a special “Thank You” to The Hoosier Gardener, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, who featured my blog in her column in The Indianapolis Star a few Saturdays ago, which led to me getting this opportunity!
And thank you to all who read my blog and encourage me to keep writing about gardening!
And now, some hopefully useful information on how gardeners can use newspapers...
You can use newspapers to:
- Make paper pots for seedlings.
- Help smother weeds in a garden bed. Lay down several pages of newspaper over the sod and weeds, wet it down, and then top off with stuff like chopped up leaves, dirt, and compost. Pile it high and let the mysterious processes of composting work through the winter. By the following spring, you should have a nice garden bed ready for planting.
- Contain the mess when you are repotting houseplants inside. Use the newspaper as a handy drop cloth, then when finished, throw the whole mess, including the newspapers, into the compost bin.
- Shred the paper and feed it to the worms in your very own vermicomposter.
And of course, you can:
- Read a newspaper, because maybe there will be something in it related to gardening. And if there isn't, let the editor know that you want to read about gardening in the paper!