Aug 24
2017

A Lasagna Garden

The summer is coming to an end, and I’m exhausted….in a good way.  We planted a fairly large garden, and spent a lot of time fighting the weeds.  Despite the set backs, we were still able to reap the rewards of harvesting our own fruits and veggies throughout the summer.  I also got a lot of experience/wisdom, peace, work ethic, and most importantly….toned arms. Ha! However, I honestly don’t have the time to devote hours on end to keeping my garden free of weeds.  Something has got to change.

It’s time for a LASAGNA GARDEN.

My personal favorite harvest item.

The garden we planted this year might have been a bit too large.  We tend to bite off more than we can chew at times, but I don’t mind a challenge. Knowing the hard work would definitely pay off when it came time to feed my family.  I loved getting outside, and didn’t even mind the sweat!  However, the weeds brought me to a state of despair.

“Is this how I’m going to spend my time every summer?  Flipping weeding?!”

 “How am I going to do this when I’m older?”

 “ugh….my aching back…..(wide eyeballs…OMG I am turning into my mother!)”

MEH!

The Wizard and I did some research into alternative gardening methods.  He found some great stuff and so did I.  Conceptually coming to the same conclusions in each method.  More produce, better soil, and less weeds.

The new method we are going to use is called lasagna gardening.  Ever heard of it?  Its genius.  Just like most things in life, it brings simplicity back around to thump you on the side of the head.

“Hey dummy, why don’t you quit making things harder on yourself and just do it the way God designed it to be done?”  (That’s what it said to me anyway…….)

Derrrrr (just awful)

A lasagna garden is a system that makes perfect sense in organic natural environments.  Read the testimonies of the thousands around the world who have been doing it for a while, and you will see some converted believers!  The system includes recreating the organic strata of materials that are found in undisturbed soils and ecosystems.  For a visual example, just go for a walk in the woods.  Debris drops to the forest floor and without any help from man kind, creates a dark rich humus where the seeds of flowers and trees grow!! Simple and amazing.

Basically, you’re layering organic materials to grow your garden.   No tilling, or digging required!

Here’s a play by play for a lasagna garden:

  1. Pick a flat area with adequate sunshine throughout the day.
  2. Start with a few layers of newspaper or cardboard spaced out on your garden area.  (Do not use glossy paper….it will not decompose) Place this stratum of materials directly onto the grass or in our case, weed infested garden.  Yep, right over those rotten pumpkins (squash bugs…grrrr).  This will smother the grass/weeds and allow everyone’s bff, the earthworm, to do it’s thang.
  3. Next, add 1-2″ of peat moss or compost
  4. Add any of the following, but make sure you alternate carbons and nitrogens.  You can add peat moss between each layer.  Hence, the whole lasagna theme.
    • CARBONS (A.K.A. “da Browns”):  Peat moss, straw, fallen leaves (not oak), newspapers, cardboard, pine needles used sparingly, and wood chips.
    • NITROGENS (the greens): Manure, grass clippings, and kitchen waste/compost (see composting rules)
  5. Let this cook or decompose for a few seasons, watering regularly (late summer or fall would be the optimum time to start process)
  6. When the time comes around to plant seeds, don’t till or dig giant holes.  Simply drop seeds in your rich and fertile soil.
  7. Mulch with small wood shavings or chips to further hinder weeds
  8. Watch it grow!

Now doesn’t that sound nice?  No more tilling the ground, or weeding!  Aching backs be gone! Put in this extra hard work upfront to create the right environment, and hopefully we will all reap bountiful rewards.

Lasagna gardening!  Bada bing!

Side notes:

The Wizard and I were thrifty about collecting our materials…..surprise, surprise!

The lollipop guild helping.  Notice we are saving the okra, which is the Wizard’s favorite item.

We got newspapers end rolls from the local newspaper office.  They were nice to have, and made the job go much faster!

The Wizard

We also called a local sale barn where we knew there would be lots of cow manure.  Best part, it was free!! We had to load it up in our truck, but other than that it was pretty painless…… for manure!!

 

I also pulled a crazy, and pulled over anytime I saw some tree trimmers working.  I would ask if I could have their wood chips, and they said yes!  Just call and ask, or if you want to join club crazy…. just stalk them like me.

(****Make sure you ask tree trimmers if wood chips came from any diseased trees!  If so, you do NOT want!!)

 

Here is the method the Wizard found.  I absolutely love it.  This guy is great and so inspiring.  I definitely encourage you to make and take some time to watch this video.  It won’t disappoint.

http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/

 

Here is the method I found.  Same concept, but different method of achieving results.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/lasagna-gardening-zmaz99amztak

I hope you find this helpful.  Like usual, do your research, and see what you think.  I hope we can share success stories soon!!  Good luck!

 

For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

 

Comments

  1. Interesting!