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Lasagna Gardening
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March 20, 2012
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Lasagna Gardening, by Patricia Lanza, Rodale Press, 1998.

ISBN 0-87596-795-7. paperback

“A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!”

Wonderful book, well written, very informative and also humorous. This lady knows her stuff! She also has two other books out, “Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces” and “Lasagna Gardening With Herbs”.

I have used her ideas extensively in planning, preparing and planting my many gardens here. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in gardening, especially if you are just starting out, or revitalizing neglected gardens.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

June 19, 2012
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Why is it called “Lasagna”?  Is it because she’s raising tomatoes and italian herbs or because of the layers?  I must say no weeding, no tilling sounds great.  Is it the old trick of using newspapers for mulch?  Tell us a little more, brookdale, about what is special about the layering system.

June 19, 2012
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It is “special” because you don’t have to till or dig in the ground.

First, mow your garden area closely to cut down as much of the weeds and grass as possible. The wet newspapers or cardboard is used as the bottom layer, to kill the grass and weeds. Then you just add layers of garden clippings, compost, peat, soil, mulched leaves, composted manure, anything you have, watering as you go. You don’t have to till, or even mix anything up. Just pull apart spaces to plant your seedlings or plants. If you plant seeds, use a layer of fine compost or planting medium as the top layer.

It really does work, and is super easy too! All my gardens here are “lasagna gardens”. In a year or less, the cardboard or newspapers will be all gone and you’ll have lots of earthworms in there to help aerate and enrich the soil.

You can either plant right away, or make the garden in the fall and plant in the spring. I usually start in the fall, because my first layer on top of the newspapers is chopped-up garden clippings which compost down some in the winter snows. Then I add the rest in the spring.

And, I think it is called “lasagna” because of the layers!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

June 20, 2012
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Here’s a good website for lots of info about lasagna gardening:

http://organicgardening.about.com/od/startinganorganicgarden/a/lasagnagarden.htm

Or, just Google “lasagna gardening”.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

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