Can newspapers be used as a mulch in the vegetable garden?

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Can newspapers be used as a mulch in the vegetable garden?

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Yes, shredded newspapers or whole sheets may be used as a mulch in the vegetable garden. Newspapers use organic inks so gardeners need not worry about lead contamination.  When using newspaper sheets, place a layer of 2 to 4 sheets between plant rows in the garden.  Water the sheets so they stick to one another and to the soil surface, then place a layer of dry grass clippings, shredded leaves, or straw over the newspaper.  

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