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Paper in your pile

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February 12, 2011 — Gardeners who failed to gather fall leaves, or who live where there are none, often turn to paper as a compost pile ingredient. Mike McGrath discusses paper, cardboard and wood. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

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Question of the Week

I’m a devoted fan of your show looking for composting advice. Many gardening websites recommend adding shredded paper to your compost pile. I’m concerned that the ink on printed paper contains chemicals, and I won’t have a truly organic compost come next spring. So should I add paper? Not add paper? Help! Get the answer »

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