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Junk Mail Gardening : (1) Collect junk mail (2) Let Rot


I'm getting really good at touring the neighborhood and returning with bags full of junk mail. I can collect so much of the stuff that I can  cover a garden path 5 cm deep with paper product  in a week of fossicking.

It's a routine, like shopping.

Even though 'paper' isn't soil the plants seem keen to merge with these rivers of processed cellulose and I'm losing my garden paths to the invasion of marauding sweet potato, tomato, zuchini and the like.

It is a workable trench mulching model. I'm creating these  water sponges  that criss-cross my garden like so many canals that service plant growth with their ready habit of taking in and storing moisture.

On-foot navigation is not so easy along these pathways any more, but I won't  be insisting upon right of way as I  value these water works too much.  Instead I will create stepping 'stones' by filling  feed bags with sand, folding them tight and plonking them down as strategically located footholds between the invading plants.

It will be a sandbag thoroughfare. And adding sandbags to the garden -- earth bagging -- adds a whole new dimension to the possibilities of gardening on -- and with -- sand.


Sandbags can be customized for size and shape and easily lifted and moved about. They're cheap too : get bag, any bag, add sand. 

Beat it into shape.Very sculptural. 

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Comment by Dave Riley on May 29, 2012 at 11:39

You need lots of junk mail, preferably rolled up or folded. I collect with a shopping bag each outing and that full of stuff maybe covers just under a metre of path. A few brushes on top is handy to stop fly aways (and foster neatness). Your allotment neighbours may see it as an eyesore but after  a fortnight things begin to 'blend'. It seems to me that the rolls are useful as thrown down higgledy piggledy like so many sawn logs is better than,say, layers of flat cardboard or newspaper lasagna piled. The uneven nature of the cellulose surface is conducive to the efficacy of the mesh I think. More of my mulching experiments <strong><a href="http://kickbike.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Mulching">here.</a></strong>.

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