Lasagna Gardening in 5 Simple Steps

Lasagna gardening represents a form of gardening which helps you create rich soil from organic waste, relatively quickly and with minimum effort, allowing you to create a garden even in areas where the soil has a rather difficult composition.

Lasagna gardening photo: Ryan

Lasagna gardening
Photo Credit: Ryan

 

As it requires adding layers of organic waste over the soil, this form of gardening can’t be used for large surfaces. The practical solution is to create raised bed gardens,  which also provide a number of benefits to the soil, such as protecting it from being washed away and ensuring better drainage, and to the plants by offering protection from pests (who will have a hard time climbing to the plants or eating through the garden bed material). If you are interested in lasagna gardening in containers, here are a few steps you need to take:

1. Select the perfect garden bed

Garden beds come in a variety of colors and styles. They can be made from various materials, from stone to composite lumber or lumber. Finding one which is the perfect size and depth shouldn’t be too difficult.

Raised gardening beds are available in traditional cedar wood or try a recycled composite timber planter!

Raised gardening beds are available in traditional cedar wood or try a recycled composite timber planter!

2. Prepare the “foundation”

This is a no-dig garden, meaning that you won’t need to remove any of the existing soil or herbs. Instead, you need to cover them with a few (3-4) layers of newspaper, and then wet the paper so that it covers the plants perfectly. The plants won’t be able to breathe anymore and therefore die, decomposing and turning to compost. Additionally, the humid soil will attract earthworms which will help create and ventilate the soil in the bed garden. While you can use cardboard instead of paper, the latter decomposes faster and will allow your plants sufficient space to expand their roots later on.

3. Get organic matter

Finding organic matter for your garden is not as difficult as it sounds, although it of course depends on the season. Anything organic can go into the mixture, from kitchen waste and the grass you’ve mowed off your lawn to fallen leaves and twigs you find near trees. You can ask your neighbors for bags of grass clippings or go to parks or forests and gather dead leaves and small branches.

4. Add the layers of organic waste

You should try to layer the organic matter – first a layer of dried or dead organic matter, then one of green organic matter, and so on. Thickness doesn’t really matter, as long as you later it, as it will help it decompose faster. The height of the bed should be about 70 centimeter or more, as in a matter of weeks it will shrink rapidly as the plants decompose and turn into soil.

5. Planting and maintenance

Planting is done like in any other gardens after the soil forms. In order to maintain its quality, cover the surface of the soil with leaves or straws for a while, in order to prevent evaporation of moisture and the growth of any weeds.  

These are the basic steps you need to take when starting lasagna gardening. Feel free to read more information about this fantastic form of gardening here.

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