Lasagna Gardening



Gardening Lasagna style  is a great way to prepare your garden from the very beginning. Is digging the site for your new garden like trying to break concrete? Does the idea of breaking ground at all dissuade you from growing your own vegetables?  Maybe it’s time to start thinking about ‘Lasagna’…


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Lasagna Gardening – by: Patricia Lanza

Lasagna isn’t just a delicious Italian meal.  It’s also a great way to garden.  This style of gardening uses a layering system, very similar to the way your grandmother layered pasta, sauce and cheeses to create her Lasagna.

In her great book, Lasagna Gardening,  Patricia Lanza gives you a step-by-step guide on how to garden lasagna style. Gardening lasagna style means bypassing the tedious job of having to remove all the grass in a new bed by hand.  It means not having to grab a shovel and ‘double dig’ your garden bed.

Instead, Ms. Lanza shows you how to do this easily by using items you probably already have laying around the house – cardboard, newspaper, grass clippings, leaves and other organic matter.  This lasagna style system helps to build healthy soil and there are fewer weeds to contend with. Small, medium or large, you can now start growing some of your family’s food without having to use the backbreaking and labor-intensive shovel method.


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Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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