How would you like to have a garden that is low maintenance and highly fertile? Have fluffy supple dirt that will enable you to grow even the most finicky plants. It may come as a surprise to some people, but there really is a way to have an amazing garden with no plowing, tilling, or back braking digging. Lasagna gardening is the perfect way to a bountiful garden.
What is needed to make a lasagna garden?
To get started, you need to find a sunny spot of land in your yard that you would like your garden to be. No need to remove rocks and weeds, just decide on the size and shape of the area you would like to work on. You will need:
- News Paper or Cardboard
- Organic materials such as grass clippings, leaves, straw, peat moss, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves and tea bags, manure, twigs or old trimmings, or compost.
Do not use anything with protein in it such as meat, bones, or fat.
This will be the perfect time to put your kitchen scraps to good use. The earth will be indebted to you.
Creating your lasagna
Place at least five layers of newspaper on the ground where you would like your garden to be. You may use cardboard if you prefer. Wet the paper down and then cover that with two to three inches of peat moss. Next comes a layer of organic materials such as leaves or grass clippings. The idea is to alternate layers of green items to a layer of brown items. Your green layer would consist of grass clippings, vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, and fruit scraps. The brown layer would consist of twigs, leaves, peat moss, shredded news paper, or pine needles. Depending on where you live these items can be modified to what is in your own surrounding area. If you live near the ocean you could use seaweed.
Continue to layer your lasagna with good things such as manure, if you can get it, and compost. After you have layered your lasagna to about two feet high, water it down. Don’t worry about how tall it gets because it will all cook down as the materials start to decompose. Mulch, mulch, mulch, and you will be rewarded with soft fluffy soil.
You can create a lasagna garden anytime, but the fall is the best time because of the easy access to leaves and your garden trimmings. You can allow your garden to permeate over the winter season and benefit from the rain and snow, and begin planting in the spring if you like. If you don’t want to wait for your garden to brew and you feel the need to plant right away, you should add more top soil or peat to your layers. You have the control of how you want your lasagna to bake.
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