What if I told you that you could plant your garden and eat it, too? Okay, maybe the eat-your-cake metaphor was cheesy. But seriously, how does a bountiful harvest with almost no work involved sound to you? Pretty awesome, right?
Lasagna gardening is about as easy as it gets. No digging. No tilling. Less-to-no watering. Nearly no weeds. You build a bed on top of the sod, layering compost, manure, peat moss…and let it “cook” until spring. When the weather turns balmy again, you’ll have rich, dark fertile earth in which to plant. The earth is soft and moist. Perfect for nourishing young roots…
The first year Frank and I were married, we did a potted garden. It was terrible. I had to water twice a day, and my plants still ended up crispy and never really produced. My cucumbers shriveled into nothingness. My tomatoes suffered.
My grandmother is the one that taught Frank and I about lasagna gardening. She recently became a Master Gardener, and she grows hundreds of rose bushes, among other things, down in Alabama. Here are some pictures of her flowers:
So, in our second year of marriage, we planted a lasagna garden. Same location. Different dirt/gardening method. You guys, I don’t have a green thumb at all, but that year my tomatoes grew taller than my head, and then proceeded to expand sideways! We got hundreds of tomatoes! My peppers produced more than we could eat, and we had to start giving them away. And what’s more, is that I DIDN’T WATER THE ENTIRE SUMMER. And we live in Tennessee!! It’s hot!
Lasagna Gardening with Cara
Yesterday, Cara, myself, and the kids went to the home improvement store, and we bought a bunch of dirt!
If we want her vegetable beds to be ready for March or April, it’s best to start early, so the lasagna garden has time to “cook.”
We had quite a time building the layers! What’s more fun than kids and mud? ;)
How to Build a Lasagna Garden
If you don’t have all the “right” ingredients, don’t fret. It’s not an exact science. You just need good, fertile earth. Cara and I couldn’t find mushroom compost, so we used coconut compost instead. (And since we’re in California, it was 100% Organic Coconut Compost. Booyah.) Don’t have wood ash? Don’t worry. No leaves? Just throw on another layer of organic compost dirt and manure! No newspapers? Use cardboard instead!
Be sure to soak each layer with water as you build the garden. Using a garden hose to spray it lightly works great. You don’t want a flood. You just want to get each layer nice and moist!
Happy gardening! I’ve enabled pictures in the comments! Feel free to upload a pic of your successful lasagna garden! :)
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