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What is the Lasagna Gardening Method?

November 18, 2019


Hi I’m Tricia, an organic gardener and I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Did you ever wish that there was a no
dig way to prepare a great garden bed? Well there is, it’s called sheet layering or lasagna
gardening. Your gonna like this lasagna. Lasagna gardening is a slow compost
process with no tilling. You can start your lasagna garden any
time of the year but you wanna make sure that the vegetation underneath the site
is short or mow it short. One of the great things about lasagna gardening is you don’t have to pull out most kinds of weeds. If you have something really persistent
like bind weed, blackberries, crab grass or morning glory pull those out before you
start. Lay down four to six layers of
overlapping newspaper or cardboard. This is a light blocking layer that
will kill weeds and then compost them into rich humus or soil. On a windy day you can sprinkle it with
a little bit of water so that the newspaper doesn’t blow away. The next layer is the nitrogen rich chicken manure from my chickens. Other nitrogen rich materials include
blood meal, soybean meal, grass clippings, food scraps, coffee grounds that have
been already used you can even use weeds, as long as there are no seed heads. Now we’re gonna layer some carbon
material these can include things like pine needles, dried leaves, sawdust, straw. This method of gardening is easy but the
tradeoff is that it isn’t quick. Expect your bed to take between three to
six months sometimes as long as a year to be fully composted, plan accordingly. The bed I’m making in early spring will
be perfect for fall planting. My old cornstalks. Just add water to your lasagna garden as you go and now another nitrogen layer. Keep layering like this in alternate layers until your bed reaches eighteen inches to three feet. again you don’t have to do this
all at once you can build your lasagna garden uh… as you go, as you get materials. If you have a hard time finding materials you need for your lasagna garden go to the store lots of local coffee shops
and even some local grocers will have the nitrogen sources that you need. Edible lasagna ends with cheese we’re gonna end with a carbon layer
here to make sure that we keep the moisture in and the flies out, and also water at the very end. You can build your lasagna garden in a
casserole dish, just build a raised bed for more
information and options about that watch our Raised Bed video. You can put burlap over your lasagna
garden or if you live in the area with high rainfall or you’re worried about
critters you can use this Compostex compost cover. This can be used for any kind of compost
pile. The cover is great for keeping your bed
moist while shedding rain and snow melt and to help keep your bed from getting
too wet. an alternative method if you wanna plant
in your lasagna garden right away forget the compost cover, put three inches of
compost right on top of the straw and you can plant right away. to maintain your bed simply add more
layers and you can be a garden chef. Make your lasagna garden and grow organic for life!

25 Comments

  • Reply LittleBot March 14, 2013 at 3:18 am

    First

  • Reply MrVegetableGarden March 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love Lasagna I and I love gardening so this must be great!
    Tomas

  • Reply dawnswindow2237 March 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I hurt my back one year, and I did this method. I used old newspapers (soaked them, about 1/3" thick), and Home Depot dirt, then more wet newspapers and dirt. I planted within 10 DAYS. No special nutrients were added. It worked. It was ugly, but it worked!

  • Reply Juguemos con Sentido March 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I love Weimaraners!

  • Reply mightywong123 April 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Or you can put your pigs into that area for a week or two and they'll till it into a nice, rich loam, fertilizing as they go.

    …that is, if you have pigs…

  • Reply Edible Patio April 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Great video! Excellent explanation of the process! 🙂

  • Reply Vi McShannon April 25, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I've started three lasagna beds. It's best to start by soaking the newspaper layer. Then a layer of bagged topsoil. Layer of grass clippings. Layer of compost. Another layer of grass, Layer of dried leaves saved from bagging in the fall. More compost, layer of peat. I top it off with a layer of topsoil. You can plant in the bed right away or let it cure first.

  • Reply Vi McShannon April 25, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Basically you alternate dry and wet vegetative layers. There's a good book that covers it well Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza.

  • Reply Bob Brunson May 6, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I went to a seminar recently by Patricia Lanza, the author of Lasanga Gardening. You basically have to keep in mind to use 1 part green and 4 parts brown in your organic material. I was very impressed and do plan on trying it.

  • Reply Vi McShannon May 6, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Neat Bob! Wonder if she ever gets close to Nebraska ?

  • Reply Derek Wong June 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

    After each summer or winter season. I take my old plants like the leaves and stems, chop them up and throw it back over the bed. Then I add more compost on top, so the old plants become extra compost and attract worms.

  • Reply MimzyManor July 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I LOVE these videos. So helpful!!! Perfect for those of us with short attention spans, quick and thorough. (plus I love how you say "from my chicken" lol )

  • Reply WisconsinEric October 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    She says to build it up to 18"-36" deep, and then she proceeds to build a 4" deep bed.

    18"-36" is between knee and waist deep….. that would likely be tons of material for a small bed. Sounds great, but it will require a lot of prep work. Someday I will give it a try.

  • Reply Sheds Direct Manchester January 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Everybody would love to follow this very simple gardening approach. Lasagna gardening sounds really great for it requires no tilling and no digging process at all. I guess this gardening has a minimal maintenance. I would really love to create my own the soonest.

  • Reply Timothy Hall February 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    great way to make a great garden bed but just pulling out blackberries does work too well , they will usually come back with a vengeance then its really hard to get rid of them. 

  • Reply Garden Sheds Kent February 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I have learned various growing tricks through watching this video. There are several gardening process that really taught me a lot and I guess it would be of great help to every beginners in gardening. Two thumbs for this post! 

  • Reply Gambler 4life March 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    If I am gonna do all that I might as well just dig,., seems like a lot of work and a good place for snakes to bed.

  • Reply Garden Sheds Devon March 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I was very amazed how easy this Lasagna Gardening is! Apparently, this organic technique in doing a garden bed is really good and for sure this will ensure that the vegetable will grow healthy and more productive. I just want to know how long it will take to have a perfect compost for a garden bed like this? I appreciate your great efforts in sharing this with us. Thank You!

  • Reply EJ's Lawncare March 28, 2017 at 4:11 am

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  • Reply TT KG September 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    is it possible to make a lasagna garden with food scraps vegetables and fruits) in an apartment? Im thinking that there wont be enough bacterial activity to decompose properly all the scraps.?
    Best regards

  • Reply allanpennington September 13, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Hi I am starting brand new vege garden, and have three 2400x1500x300 raised beds and a 3000×2000 poly-tunnel.. I am bringing in 50/50 screened topsoil and spent mushroom/bark mix compost to start and have placed cardboard on the grass. On one "experimental' bed I have placed rotted tree branches from the bush as a base with autumn leaves and coffee grounds. Not really hugelculture but I figure it can't harm. I have constant weekly free supply of shop coffee grounds. Can I blend this with the soil without composting first? I also have 2 CuM of wood chip which is weathered and will spread this on top of cardboard around the beds. Ultimately the back yard will become like a 'bush floor' instead of grassed as it is now. Do you also use the wood chip as a mulch on the beds? Can you let me know if these ratios are OK to start my new vege beds please.

  • Reply FrothingFanboy April 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Soybean meal (plain crushed soybeans) would be a lot cheaper in a 50-100 lb bag from a feed company. In a little box like you show, soy meal would be much more expensive. Just saying.

  • Reply Richard Janssen March 8, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Nice dog!

  • Reply Shelly Pfluger April 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I enjoy watching everyone’s different ways of making a no dig bed. My favorite way so far is Morgan Gambles way of doing a no dig bed. Ahe has a video on YouTube. She basically does the process in reverse, and her reasoning for that really resonates with me. Thank you for sharing your no dig method with us. Happy gardening.

  • Reply Tinthia Clemant August 18, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Another way is to prepare the bed in the fall and a layer of oil in the spring and you're good to go.

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