Lasagna gardening is a time saving organic gardening method which requires no digging, no tilling and no sod removal. It's too good to be true.
Lasagna Gardening is an organic gardening method that relies on a layering method .The “name"Lasagna," comes from the way garden beds are created from layers, the same way you layer ingredients when making a pan of lasagna. Watering and weeding are reduced through the heavy layers of mulch and by planting crops close together. The lasagna layering method quickly builds soils that are rich in nutrients, resulting in higher than average garden productivity. The method also works great for container gardening.
Thick layers of organic mulch are the main ingredients of every lasagna garden. Chopped leaves, grass clippings, straw, hay, sawdust, wood ash, compost, animal manure, newspaper, etc., are just some of the materials that might make up the layers of a lasagna garden. Individual materials will vary in each individual's garden according to what is available to them.
To make a lasagna garden you plan out your garden site and begin building up the beds layer by layer. The first layer involves laying down something heavy over sod, like thick pads of newspaper or flattened cardboard boxes or burlap to kill the existing grass. The next layer should consist of 2-3 inches of a water absorbent material like peat moss. Next, a 4-8 inch layer of organic material, such as compost or leaves is spread over the peat moss layer. If you have any leaves from the fall this would be a great place to use them. Another layer of peat moss or soil would be added on top of that, and then yet another layer of organic material, like grass clippings, leaves ect. on top of the peat moss and on and on until the beds reach 18-24 inches high. Finally, the tops of the piles may be sprinkled lightly with bone meal and wood ash for added phosphorus and potassium.
One of the greatest advantages to the lasagna gardening method is that you can layer your beds and plant your crops all in the same day. When you're planting a lasagna garden, no digging is required. For transplants, simply pull back the layers of mulch, drop in the plant in your lasagna garden and pull some mulching materials back over the roots. Sowing seeds is easy, too. Sprinkle a little finished compost over the area you want to plant, sow the seed, and cover it with a little more of the finished compost. Press down on the bed to secure the seeds and water thoroughly. Water thoroughly each day and watch your garden grow.
Lasagna garden bed method can also be applied in a raised garden bed. With the lasagna garden bed you are not limited like you are with a raised garden bed. Also every year if you want you could keep adding to your lasagna it to make it bigger. in essence you are making a compost garden bed..
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