Posted by Gail | Filed under Good ideas
Last year when I redid my front yard, I decided to lasagna it. This refers to using newspaper as a barrier to weeds. Worked like a dream. Buh-bye thistles!
You don’t have to have a serious weed problem to put all those newspaper you’ve piled up to good use. Lasagna an area of your garden that you want to turn into a bed just before the winter and you’ll have a grass-free zone for planting come spring. Simply cover the area you want for your new bed with about six layers of newspaper, dampening each layer as you go, and then top with a mixture of soil and shredded leaves. You’ll need about four inches on top of the newspaper. Again, wet thoroughly. Next spring your new bed will be ready for planting because the newspaper/soil covering will have smothered the grass/weeds beneath.
Newspapers are one of the unsung heroes of the recycling world. Perhaps because they are so easy to walk to the curb, we don’t think too much about what we can use our old newspapers for at home. But they’re wonderful for all sorts of things.
Line your veggie drawers with newspapers and they’ll not only stay dry, they won’t get all stinky.
If your shoes and boots get wet, stuff ‘em with crumbled newspaper overnight. They’ll absorb the moisture and smells.
Wrap unripened peaches or avocados to help them ripen quickly.
Add some to your compost bin. Tear it into strips first so it breaks down more easily, That’ll take care of your “brown” compost component since it is carbon rich.
Stuff it into toilet paper and kitchen paper rolls to use as fire-starters.
Nothing beats newspaper and vinegar for sparkling, streak-free windows. Ditto cleaning your mirrors.
Newspaper is a terrific deodorizer. Pack it into smelling luggage or gym bags, or stinky plastic containers and seal overnight. If you’re storing away coolers or other camping stuff over the winter, wrap it or stuff it with newspaper to avoid those stale odors.
Make your own seedling pots and you can plant the whole kit and caboodle when the frost has passed. Fold a sheet of newspaper in half so that it is about the length of a can of pop. Roll the newspaper around the can. Slip it off and fold in one end of the newspaper to make the bottom. Done.
Anyone who has ever moved knows the value of newspaper for packing. It’s fallen out of grace because cleaner wrap means you don’t have to wash everything when you get it to your new digs. But you can extend the use of your clean wrap by padding your box with newspaper and using just one layer of clean wrap directly around the object you’re wrapper, bulking up with newspaper to create the extra padding you need.
Newspaper all balled up is great for shining your stainless steel sink.
Create your own piñata. Each year for Alex’s birthday we’d blow up a balloon and layer on newspaper strips (using diluted mod podge, or white glue and water, or flour and water) to create our own piñata. Once the paper mache dried, we’d pop the balloon, stuff with treats, cover and decorate. Come party time we’d hang it, and let the kids whack at it to get to the goodies. Weeks of fun.
Use as wrapping paper. The black and white serves as a lovely backdrop for whatever coloured ribbon or accent you want to add. If you can find an article that’s pertinent to the recipient, even better.
Your turn. How do you reuse your newspapers?