3 Ways to Build an Organic Lifestyle with the New York Times

My husband is a New Yorker and one of his favorite things to do is to read the Sunday New York Times from cover to cover. I am more of an outdoors type and my favorite thing to do on Sunday is catch up on all of the tasks that need doing in the yard, garden and barn.

We lived in New Mexico for 12 years and he read the NY Times on the internet. When we relocated to Pennsylvania 3 years ago, the first thing he did was order the real paper New York Times for Sunday delivery.

I have discovered 5 ways a Sunday New York Times can help you build an organic lifestyle.

1) To make an organic garden with very little digging, just spread the New York Times on the ground in long strips and pile twelve inches of organic composted horse manure on top. You will not have to till the ground. Make a fence of small T posts and chicken wire around the strips, put in your seeds and plants and you are good to go.

2) If you want to keep chickens, the New York Times is a great resource for your brooder box and baby chicks. Just lay a good thickness of the paper open in the bottom of the box or coop. As the chicks use it, fold the soiled pages and discard.  My chicks are now almost 8 weeks old and we have not purchased any shavings.

Garden edge

3) If you want to edge your flower beds but you do not want to use pesticides or black plastic to retard weed growth, fold the New York Times into 6 inch wide strips. Spray the edge with Green Match a non toxic herbicide made from citric acid, lay the newspaper over it and put the mulch on top. I did this in the spring and there are still no weeds poking through the mulch.

Please share more ideas!


About Pathfinder Pursuits

Camille is a licensed clinical social worker and writer. She is the author of the Quincy the Horse children's books.
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One Response to 3 Ways to Build an Organic Lifestyle with the New York Times

  1. Do not attempt these with the iPad version of the Times. 😉 (PS, I still enjoy the paper copy, too, esp. on Sunday!)


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