View Full Version : Has anyone tried the Lasagna Gardening methold?
03-10-2008, 12:10 PM
I came across this information looking under organic gardening on the web. Has anyone tried this way of gardening yet? I just ordered the book, Lasagna Gardening. From the reviews, people said that it's alot less work on the back, because of less digging. Look forward to the reading the book.
03-10-2008, 04:18 PM
The weeds loved the rich dirt and fertilizer I made. Florida is like that. I've sort of given up and have fallen in love with earthboxes.
03-10-2008, 05:01 PM
Hi FloridaPatty, When you say earthboxes is that like doing square foot gardening? I have a book about that but have never tried it myself. I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt. I've been sick with the flu and getting over a bleeding ulcer. Don't have alot of energy just yet.
03-10-2008, 05:18 PM
Is that where you layer compost, leaves, and cardboard on to p of the ground?
I read quite a bit about that technique, but I didn't see it called Lasagna!
I sounded delicious, I mean interesting to me, though I haven't tried it yet.
03-10-2008, 05:25 PM
Your right on. There's a book out called Lasagna Gardening. I just ordered it today. You can google it on the web to learn more.
03-10-2008, 05:30 PM
Thanks! I like not digging!
03-10-2008, 05:33 PM
Please let us know how it goes if any of you give it a go. Whatever gardening I do will have to be an alternative method since I don't have use of a yard for gardening. I do think I may be using the earth boxes (these neatcontainers that you can grow things in-I've looked them up online). I'm also thinking of that aero-gardner thingie that you use indoors (thinking about inside for herbs)... The Lasagna method sounds neat!
03-10-2008, 05:38 PM
I love my earthboxes and have several. Just getting it prepared is the most expense. Follow what to use to exact statement. Don't compromise soil. I had a bumper crop of peppers last year--bells too.
I also threw bunches of leaves on my ground and worked them into soil when I was getting to plant as they weren't totally decomposed. This year didn't have any leaves to mess with.
I love gardening. Need to start seeds indoors too. Still end up buying bunches.
There is a forum at www.earthboxes.com too.
03-10-2008, 06:39 PM
03-10-2008, 09:17 PM
Those earth boxes are the way to go if you don't have the garden space. Anybody that lives in an apt. with a patio or porch facing the sun could use these. Those aero-gardener things look like they'd be nice too. I think I looked those up and they're not cheap for as small as they are. I plan on planting some fruit trees. I just ordered 4 semi-dward heirloom apple trees and a couple of pear trees. I know the fall is the best time to plant but I'm anxious to plant. I'll just have to water more thru the summer.
03-10-2008, 09:19 PM
I have a small garden patch next to my back porch, where I tried the lasagne garden method, last fall. I put a layer of newspaper, then compost, fresh topsoil, etc. The dirt is very rich in color and the newspaper has totally disappeared. Also my chickens love it! They have found lots of worms in the mix and have "tilled" the soil with their little chicken feet.
I'm surprised how rich and dark the soil has become.
03-10-2008, 09:24 PM
Did you water your lasagne garden while it was breaking down? How thin did you layer? Did you turn at anyone or just it stay and break down as layers?
03-10-2008, 09:26 PM
Heh, that's great. Can't have chickens where I live but have a great area for a garden. We moved here and there was all yard and trees. So I'm going to have to cut down a few trees, they're not very large ones, to make space for a nice garden. I know it'll take time for the roots to rot. But I can avoid planting in the area by the tree trunks.
03-13-2008, 09:55 AM
I watered it down when I first started the lasagne garden. Actually watering helps the layers settle. Then of course fall became rainy, etc., so I haven't watered since then. No I didn't turn it, it's not required. The soil is so nice, and it will be very easy to plant seeds or plants in. I'm just afraid the chickens will eat the young plants. Still trying to figure out how to keep them out. They love plants.
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