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Shredded paper makes super mulch for plants

Anyone who has access to shredded office paper can place a “collar of it around the base of tomato and other stand-alone plants to prevent drying of soil and deter weeds. Sprinkle with water immediately after placement to prevent blowing away. At the end of harvest it can be tilled into the soil to continue composting.
Anyone who has access to shredded office paper can place a “collar of it around the base of tomato and other stand-alone plants to prevent drying of soil and deter weeds. Sprinkle with water immediately after placement to prevent blowing away. At the end of harvest it can be tilled into the soil to continue composting. Emma Moore Davis, Conover

The winner: Anyone who has access to shredded office paper can place a “collar” of it around the base of tomato and other stand-alone plants to prevent drying of soil and deter weeds. Sprinkle with water immediately after placement to prevent blowing away. At the end of harvest it can be tilled into the soil to continue composting. Emma Moore Davis, Conover

Store Observer bags in tissue box

I save the plastic bags that the Charlotte Observer comes in and put them into an empty tissue box. I keep a box in the car and use the bags to hold trash and toss it out at the next stop. I keep a box in my kitchen for quick clean ups or as a disposable glove when I wipe down the counters. I also use the bags for sealing food scraps that tend to create smell in the garbage can in the summer heat. Mesha Kung, Huntersville

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