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Silvester
Ontario, Canada Zone 5b
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January 12, 2011 - 3:56 pm

I started my garden just a few years back and used this technique.  It's just like making lasagna!  I don't cut out grass anymore. I create the raised beds on top of the grass using cardboard boxes.  It creates a rich, loomy area on which to start the process by suffocating the grass.

I design the raised bed layout with the carboard boxes directly on the grass.

 

1. cover grass with cardboard boxes and newpapers (1/2 inch layer)

2. build the chemical free wood raised box on top OR leave as raised bed

3. add kitchen waste (no meat or dairy products)

4. add another layer of newspapers/hay/cardboard - Whatever you have

5. add more kitchen waste/ compost

6. repeat #4 and #5 until you have a 2 foot raised bed

7. always finish the top layer with shredded newspaper or hay and water

 

Imagine the wooden raised box/raised bed as your lasagna pan and keep adding layers as you have them throughout the season.  It takes a whole Summer to build a section unless you have lots of compost/newspapers/cardboard/hay and can do it in a few days

The earthworms ravage the bed and turn it into rich soil very quickly.  You don't turn it or do anything to the bed.  The earthworms prepare the bed for you.  The seasonal rain creates your soil.

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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January 13, 2011 - 6:19 am

Thank you SO much for posting this ~ I am dying to try it!!  With our clay soil and given how much I hate grass, this is the ideal solution.  I was just reading about this in Organic Gardening magazine, but you have made it clear and simple.  I have pretty much everything I need to get started.  W are always tossing out cardboard boxes at work ~ what a waste!  And I have a big bin just loaded with compost.  I am ready to go this spring.  Can you plant seedlings in it right away after you have created the layers?

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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January 13, 2011 - 10:07 pm

I built my raised beds this fall and put down the cardboard and added some leaves, manure and top soil.  Still need to add more soil.  I am putting my kitchen compost in one of the 4 beds I built.  I am hoping to plant at least 3 of them with veggies in the spring.  I'm not sure if the compost will be "done" enough to plant in by spring.  I have the bug now and am laying down cardboard between the beds and covering with mulch for the walkways.  I have a fenced in area that these beds are in and am hoping to have it all grass free thanks to the cardboard.  A great way to recycle.  I have 3 kids who love pizza.  Pizza boxes work well for this.  I am also stealing boxes/trash from work to put in my garden.  Loving this so far. 

I have winter sown some perennial seeds that I want to plant in a new flower garden this spring.  If I don't do the kitchen compost thing (only cardboard, leaves and soil and maybe some newspaper) in an unraised bed, how long do you think it will take before the flower bed is ready for planting? 

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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March 18, 2012 - 6:00 am

GardenLiv and KeyWee, how did the lasagna method work for you?  I was at a small lecture at a garden expo and found it very interesting. You can watch it on YouTube. Search Roger Reynolds Lasagna Gardening. Click on WPT The Wisconsin Gardener.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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March 18, 2012 - 1:48 pm

I'd have to say lasagna gardening was a success last year.  My beans and peppers did not do great, but my tomatos, cucumbers, squash and zuccini were bumper crops last year.  Didn't have many weeds either.  I am still planning to add more raised beds in my fenced aread (one of the many things on my to do list).  I hope to get this done during Spring break since I'll have a week off school and so will my helperSmile I'll use the lasagna method again. 

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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September 18, 2012 - 8:00 am

Now is GREAT time to try a new method of preparing an excellent soil bed for next Spring. Give it a try...LASAGNA gardening.  I did it last Fall and it was very effective and rewarding.  I will be doing it again, as soon as my veggies are done.Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 13, 2012 - 6:14 am

All the veggies are done for the season, except the sugar snap peas. I will just work around them for now.  So let the LASAGNA GARDENING begin! The greenhouse raised veggie bed has all the plants pulled. It is amazing how there isn't a trace of leaf, straw or veggie scrap debris from last Falls LASAGNA GARDENING. The plants did great with this method of gardening. Now I am hoping that adding these minerals of Azomite and Glacier Rock Dust (which is a bit pricey for me) will be even more rewarding.

In my veggie beds, I am using dried leaves instead of the cardboard. I am not layering it as high as in a new LASAGNA GARDEN, probably 18" or so. Since I have quite a bit of worm poop which will have some worms in it, I will be adding it over the leaf layer. As long as my Wisconsin weather permits, I will also be adding some of my kitchen scraps to these veggie beds and then more chopped leaves. 

We are getting rain this morning, which is PERFECT timing for watering of my LASAGNA GARDENS. The worms will love their new home, but they will be heading down deep in the soil as soon as the really cold weather hits. I will cover this area with clear plastic for while to keep it warmer longer. Which means the worms will be active longer. I will take the plastic off and on as needed to keep it moistened. As soon as the snow arrives I will take the plastic off until Spring.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 22, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Here is a picture of the progress. It is starting to rain hard. PERFECT for my LASAGNA GARDENING TECHNIQUE. Please check out my latest video on the veggie garden area where I have used the LASAGNA METHOD.DSC04374.JPGImage EnlargerDSC04377.JPGImage EnlargerSmile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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November 10, 2012 - 3:41 pm

After doing more reading on LASAGNA GARDENING, I decided to take the clear plastic off of the garden. I think it will break down just fine without the added heat. It will stay more moist this way...snow and rain.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 15, 2013 - 11:12 am

For a more detailed 'HOW TO' on LASAGNA GARDENING, please check out my NEW article on my HOME page.   Smiles, Lark

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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