Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lasagna Gardening???

So, normally we spend LOTS of time and money on tilling our garden. 
We don't own a tiller, so we have to rent it.
Since we rent it, we try to make sure to do all the areas we might want to plant in at once. 
Sometimes, we don't have all the plants or the time to actually do all the planting on the same day.
SOMETIMES, the ground is hard as a rock again by the time we get around to trying to put our plants in the ground. 
It's a vicious cycle, I tell ya.

A friend of mine was shocked that I hadn't heard of LASAGNA GARDENING.  Here's the "mini" version of the instructions....

Don't remove the sod or do any extra work, like removing weeds or rocks.
Mark the area for your garden using a water hose or a long rope to get the desired shape.

Cover the area you've marked with wet newspapers, overlapping the edges (5 or more sheets per layer).

Cover the paper with one to two inches of peat moss or other organic material.

Layer several inches of organic material on top of the peat moss.

Continue to alternate layers of peat moss and organic material, until desired thickness is reached.

Water until the garden is the consistency of a damp sponge.

Plant, plant, plant and mulch, mulch, mulch.

Seems pretty straight-forwad and simple!  We are definitely going to give this a try this spring.  All this gorgeous weather is really giving me the bug to get out and planting.  To bad it's a few months tad early!
Have any of you out there tried this way of gardening???

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