A No Dig And No Till Lasagna Bed Garden

Categories : Garden Design and How-To Ideas
Spring is definitely here, and everything is greening up out there! Here is a great no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that will give you rich soil, and best of all, it's easy to build and maintain. "Lasagna Gardening" is actually the building-method-name of a type of garden design. You will add layers of organic material that will decompose over time, and the result will be soil that will help your plants thrive. It's great for the environment because you use your yard and kitchen waste, and then compost it to make a new garden.
If you don't feel like doing all the work it will take to clean up your garden now, then this just might be for you...or for your spring garden in 2025. One of the best things about lasagna gardening is how easy it is. You don't have to remove existing sod and weeds from your garden, and you don't have to double dig. In fact, you don't have to work the soil at all. The first layer of your lasagna garden consists of cardboard laid directly on top of the grass or weeds in an area you've selected for your garden. Wet this layer down to keep everything in place and start the decomposition process.
The grass or weeds will break down fairly quickly because they will be smothered by the cardboard, as well as by the materials you're going to layer on top of them. This layer also provides a dark, moist area to attract earthworms that will loosen up the soil as they tunnel through it.
Anything you'd put in a compost pile; you can put into a lasagna garden. The materials you put into the garden will break down, providing nutrient-rich, crumbly soil in which to plant. The following materials are all perfect for lasagna gardens:
Grass Clippings
Fruit and Vegetable Scraps
Coffee Grounds
Tea leaves/ tea bags
Hay or Straw
Shredded newspaper or mail
Pine needles
Trimmings from the garden
You'll want to alternate layers of “browns” such as leaves, shredded newspaper, peat, and pine needles with layers of “greens” such as vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, and grass clippings. In general, you want your "brown” layers to be about twice as deep as your “green” layers. What you want at the end of your layering process is a two-foot tall, layered bed. You'll be amazed at how much this will shrink down in a few short weeks.
You can make a lasagna garden at any time of the year. To maintain the garden, simply add mulch to the top of the bed in the form of straw, grass clippings, or chopped leaves. Once it's established, you will care for the lasagna garden just as you would any other. While you will be maintaining it the same way you would care for any other garden, you will find that caring for a lasagna garden is less work intensive. You can expect:
FEWER WEEDS - thanks to the cardboard suppressing them from below and the mulch covering the soil from above.
BETTER WATER RETENTION - due to the fact that compost (which is what you made by layering all of those materials) holds water better than regular garden soil, especially if your native soil is sandy or deficient in organic matter.
LESS NEED TO HAVE TO FERTILIZE - because you planted your garden in almost pure compost, which is very nutrient-rich.
SOIL EASIER TO WORK - crumbly, loose, and fluffy.
Lasagna Gardening is fun, easy, and allows you to make a new garden at a much faster rate than the old double-digging method.
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