Can shredded paper be added to the soil to help loosen it?

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Can shredded paper be added to the soil to help loosen it?

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  • Except for colored and glossy paper, which might contain some toxic heavy metals, newsprint and other paper is safe to use as mulch or in compost.

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Oct 02, 2018

    Here in the UK an old gardening hack is to put shredded newspaper (and peelings) directly into a trench in the vegetable garden and then in spring cover it with a layer of soil and plant our runner beans straight into it. I know that it's not really a direct answer to you question but thought you might be interested all the same :)

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Oct 06, 2018

    Yes, shredded paper can indeed be tilled or forked into the soil. Be aware some inks may not be the best for a veggie garden, but fine for a flower garden. We do shred all our envelopes, junk mail, everything for ours. This is especially helpful in hard clay soil or overly sandy soil.

  • Joanie Joanie on Oct 06, 2018

    I used it in my garden. It will keep the weeds down and bring on the earth worms, which are good for the soil.

  • Ray Porter Ray Porter on Oct 06, 2018

    Peat Moss worked into the soil works well too.

  • Merrill M Merrill M on Oct 06, 2018

    Shredded paper is great in compost - it is considered a "brown." Add some green and let it sit on top of the soil over the winter, then work into the soil in the spring. Or dig into the soil any time.