Digging in Life's garden with ReeAnna:
Lasagna Gardening also known as Sheet Composting is a set it and forget it method of preparing your garden bed for beautiful, healthy plants. Lasagna gardening is relatively easy and inexpensive, as well as appropriate for all ages to allow for great family project, so grab your kids! Grab your friends!
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There are a few tips for starting your garden that will guarantee success in this method of no-till no-dig gardening. The idea is to build up layers of organic material that over time will break down, allowing for a beautiful, nutrient rich soil that your plants are going to love. Much like building a lasagna in the kitchen, your garden will have alternate layers of browns and greens. You can start your garden any time of year but fall is a good time due to all of the good browns you can find all around your yard. If you do plan to start in spring or summer, just plan to add some topsoil at the end so you can begin planting sooner!
To begin your masterpiece, there is no need to even break the ground, just add three layers of newspaper or a layer of corrugated cardboard to the ground where you wish to start your garden!
Give the layer a good soaking of water to help the newspaper (or cardboard) begin breaking down and start the decomposition process-- weeds and grass will be smothered and the damp, dark place is perfect to attract worms
Begin layering! You’ll simply alternate bown layers (leaves, shredded newspaper, pine needles) with green layers (kitchen scraps, grass clippings, plant trimmings) there is no perfect way to do this, just layer your browns about twice as deep and your green layers. In total you are making around a two-foot tall “lasagna”
And that’s all folks! Just let your garden decompose for a few weeks and when your ready to plant-- go ahead with your regular method!