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The Lasagna Gardening Method

Updated on March 8, 2012
Growing with the lasagna gardening method
Growing with the lasagna gardening method

The lasagna gardening method is a no-dig organic way of organic vegetable gardening for beginners.. Now when people hear lasagna they think of layered pasta, sauce, meat and cheese. The lasagna gardening method uses the same concept as you would making a delicious lasagna dinner. Creating an organic vegetable garden using this method enables you to have a beautiful and bountiful garden even in the most rockiest of soil conditions.

What Is The Lasagna Gardening Method

The lasagna gardening method is a very simple way to start an organic vegetable garden for beginners without having to dig up the soil. You begin with three layers of black and white newspaper or one layer of used brown cardboard. Simply lay this on top of the ground where you want your garden. Once you lay this layer down, soak it with water to begin the process of decomposition. The grasss underneath this layer breaks down quite quickly because the newspaper or cardboard prevents sunlight and virtually smothers the grass.

Once you have the initial layer down, begin building compost on top of it. Now just as you would do when making a compost pile, you must alternate between “brown” and “green” ingredients. Start with layer of “brown” ingredients such as dried leaves, newspaper, and other dead organic materials. Add a layer of “green” material such as fruits and vegetables scraps and trimmings from the garden and grass clippings. Your brown layer should ideally be twice as thick as the green layer.

When To Start The Lasagna Gardening Method

It is a good idea to plan and start the lasagna gardening method in the early fall. However, you can begin gardening in this way anytime of the year. One way to start the lasgana gardening method in the spring is to place down the layer of newspaper or cardboard and follow that with a 12-inch layer of rich organic compost. If you have a compost pile use that material. If you don't have a compost pile, most nurseries at home improvement centers sell bags of organic compost.

Benefits Of The Lasagna Gardening Method

Organic gardening gives peace of mind when harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for you and your family. You know that the produce does not contain any traces of the harmful pesticides and herbicides associated with traditional gardening methods. The lasagna gardening method also provides some extra unique benefits to your organic vegetable garden.

  • Less weeds due to the layer of newspaper and cardboard. This layer suppresses the sunlight from getting to the weed seeds and germinating them. Though you will have a few here and there, you will not have the amount you would with traditional methods.

  • Because of the layering process of compost, the lasagna gardening method provides better water retention without soaking. The soil is loose and airy which also means it will not hold excessive moisture which leads to root rot like traditional gardening.

  • Again due to the compost there is less need for fertilizer of any kind. Compost is nutrient-rich and provides your plants with the nutrition they need to produce a bountiful crop of delicious juicy produce.

  • The soil is compost and very easy to work with. The compost soil is loose, fluffy and crumbly allowing for easy planting and care.

Organic vegetable gardening using the lasagna gardening method is a quick and easy way to start and maintain your organic garden. Because the soil is so light and fluffy, you can simply poke seeds into it for germination or simply scoop out an area for seedlings with your hands. Organic gardening is a fun and environmentally safe to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. The lasagna gardening method provides an even better experience because there is no backbreaking tilling or digging involved. Start your lasagna garden anytime of the year and begin to enjoy the benefits of fresh organically grown produce.


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      Ken Crawford 6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Thank you all for your comments. There are a lot of misconceptions that organic gardening is too time consuming. In actuality not only is it more healthy, but reduces the amount of "work" you have to do to maintain an organic garden.

      Growing up my grandparents did nothing but organic gardening. My grandfather started his first worm farm back in the early 70's way before it was popular. I remember the first year he used stuff like "castings" and "worm tea" and really dark compost. He stood 6-foot tall. He had rhubarb growing taller than him with his arm stretched over his head. I have been hooked on organics ever since.

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Good explanation of this method of growing fruit and vegetables, voted up and useful.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      great ideas - thanks thumbs up

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      A good reminder of the method. Thanks! (Vote up.)