Are you looking for a new way to garden? Perhaps you are growing weary of digging and tilling the earth in your garden plots. Lasagna gardening is quickly becoming a popular form of gardening and it may just be what you need to revive your own fruit, vegetable or flower garden!
If you are like me, the first time you heard the phrase lasagna gardening you probably thought of a garden filled with oregano, basil and other herbs that add to the flavor of excellent lasagna, but that is definitely not what lasagna gardening is all about!
The idea behind lasagna gardening is just like an actual lasagna - layers. The key ingredient to a lasagna garden is the creation of layers. Lasagna gardening is typically all organic, with no protein added in any form. Lasagna gardening produces very few weeds, because there is no soil used.
Follow a few gardening tips to create a successful lasagna garden. First, select a location. The sunniest spot in your yard is the best place for lasagna gardening.
No soil preparation is necessary. There's no need to remove turf, rocks or start digging. Start your lasagna gardening with a layer of very wet newspaper. Top it with peat moss, covering the peat moss with a thick layer of organic material.
Continue layering with alternate layers of newspaper, peat moss, and organic material until your lasagna garden is as thick as you want it. Water the garden until it has the consistency of a wet sponge. After that, all you need to do is plant your garden and mulch. Maintenance is simple in lasagna gardening; you simply keep mulching your garden.
And then… mulch
The type of mulch, or organic material that you use in lasagna gardening will depend on the area where you live and what you have readily available. Some common types of mulch used in lasagna gardening are grass clippings, leaves, manure, chopped up corncobs, sawdust, wood ash, seaweed or kelp.
Although almost everything grows well in a lasagna garden, asparagus, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, garlic, lettuce and potatoes do particularly well. With a little imagination, you can try anything while lasagna gardening, even oregano, basil and other herbs that taste good in traditional lasagna!