Q: Going to start shredding various types of paper--no cardboard--and wondered if the various toners/inks would cause problems with the plants or if the plant would absorb the chemicals and I would end up eating them from the vegetables produced. Looking at onions, potatoes, peppers, cabbage and other "stuff" I decide to try.
Q: I'm putting cardboard and chipped wood over much of my backyard to keep the weeds down. How much room should I leave free of cardboard around the trees (one planted only a year ago) so they get enough water (whether mine or rain)? Would it be OK/better to put the chipped wood around the trees but no cardboard? how close to the trunk should I get if I do that?