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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Researching a new project. Lasagna Gardening!

Here is a short list outlining the process: (from an on-line article)
-There's no hard and fast rules about what to use for your layers, just so long as it's organic and doesn't contain any protein (fat, meat, or bone). The basics of making garden lasagnas are simple:

-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.

The images I used are from the Internet. There is a lot of information about this on-line as well as places to order the book.

Now, we have one of the best local farmer's markets here in town. I don't can or freeze food (yet). So I have to decide, is this something I will need to do? What if I grow "too much"? Hopefully, I will find that I love having my own tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant etc. right outside my studio door. Not to mention a great source for pesto!


Pieceful Afternoon said...

Clever way to garden - I've heard of it before - we can't really grown much here because of the deer and we aren't allowed fences in our community. Hmmm - maybe something just to cover the little plot to keep the deer out. I love fresh things and have a great farm stand nearby to buy fresh tomatoes - nothing tastes like a home grown tomato.

Enjoy your garden.

Janet said...

I have that book but haven't tried doing it since it's very difficult to grow things here. But I have done some container gardening and we enjoyed the veggies we got from there.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking about those upside down tomatoes, and herbs...lizzzy It will be interesting to see what you grow

Tammy said...

This sounds wonderful! I have considered a garden, but haven't done more than flowers!

I get fresh basil from a friend each summer. We just had a batch of homemade pesto that I froze the other night for dinner. I also have done canning and really enjoy it!

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