One of my friends and I are always comparing gardens. When I sent him a picture of my wife standing next to my corn, he said, 'OK, you win this time.' --Lewis BradyThe corn he planted the first of April has grown to be more than 12 feet tall. His tomatoes became wide bushes nearly 5 feet tall. And the green pepper plants reached more than 3 feet tall, heavy with blooms. "I don't know what happened, but I have to believe it's the paper," he said. "I've just never seen anything like this." Jim Lasley, vice president of operations at the Independent-Mail, said a lot of gardeners use newspaper for mulch. "The ink we use is soy-based, and the paper is recycled," he said. "I don't know if that makes a difference, but we do get calls from people looking to use the newspaper in their garden." The News Sentinel also uses soy-based inks and recycled newsprint. According to the West Virginia University Extension Service, using newspaper as mulch controls weeds, adds organic matter, provides good yields, retains moisture and provides cooler soils for desired crops. Brady said he thinks it controls the ants, too. "Wherever there is newspaper, there are no ants," he said. Brady usually grows enough to fill up two freezers, he said. That's the only part of the whole thing to which his wife of 56 years, Erah Brady, isn't looking forward. "He comes up with ideas all the time, and he decided to put the paper on the garden," she said. "He'll grow it all, but I'll put it all up." This article was published by www.knoxnews.com. To view the article at their website, please visit Gardener Says Newspaper Makes For Bigger Crops.
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