|Thursday Techniques: Lasagna Gardening|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Thursday, 13 May 2010|
Lasagna gardening. It's probably not what you think it is. When I first heard of lasagna gardening I thought it was like salad gardening where you planted all the ingredients used to make lasagna. Nope. It's all about layering--like a lasagna. No soil, very few weeds, and it's eco-friendly and organic. It's also effective and it’s easy to do--great for family gardens, gardening with kids and grandkids, and community gardens. What more could you ask for? Here's how it works.
You can build the lasagna garden at ground level or as a raised bed. No tilling required. Simply start with a layer of wet newspaper (preferably ones that use non-toxic inks), add a thick layer of peat moss, and top it off with another thick layer of organic material. Repeat the three layers in the same sequence just as you would when making lasagna. You can add as many layers as you want. Water thoroughly until it's the consistency of a very wet sponge. Then, plant your garden and use plenty of mulch. Keep mulching throughout the growing season. The vegetables that grow best using the lasagna gardening technique are cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, and beans.
The Floyd Bennett Garden Association in Brooklyn, NY has some great pictures of lasagna gardening in progress.
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