Is digging and plowing the garden boring? Or you just don’t have time to do it. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful garden, though. Have you heard of the lasagna garden? This is an innovative way of caring for plants without investing a lot of time and effort. We are sure you will love it the moment you try it. Trust us, it’s no coincidence that this method has become a huge trend. Keep reading and find out all the details on how to make lasagna culture!
Lasagna culture, what is it really?
Lasagna gardening is a way of creating a garden that does not require a lot of work from the gardener. It is often used to increase the border of perennials or convert part of the lawn into a vegetable patch. In urban gardens where the soil is poor or contaminated, this is also a great way to fill a raised bed with healthy substrate for growing edible plants. The name “lasagna” comes from the fact that you add layers of organic matter that turn into nutrient-rich soil over time. This method is sustainable and environmentally friendly as you turn garden waste and kitchen waste into organic fertilizer to grow new plants. Here’s how.
The idea is to pile layers of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) organic matter on top of the soil, just as you would a compost pile. Thus, the garden bed becomes a large composting area.
Another benefit is that the layers prevent light from reaching the grasses and weeds below which suffocate and kill them.
You can use this technique to fill raised beds, transform a garden with poor soil quality, or save a grassy plot.
1. Define the boundaries of your garden using a rope. Then create raised edges for your garden using beams, rocks or other building materials to hold the organic layers as they decompose.
2. Create your lasagna garden : Apply a brown layer (shredded dry leaves, newspaper, pine needles, peat), followed by a green layer (yard waste, grass clippings, eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and fruit). The number of layers depends on the resources you have.
3. Add water : This is the magic ingredient that should not be missed. Materials should be slightly moist to promote decomposition, but not so moist that rotting occurs. Remember: balance is key.
Trick : To enrich your garden’s nutrient supply, add a little wood ash between layers. It will significantly provide potassium and phosphorus, essential nutrients for fruiting and good health of your crops.
4. Plant a garden: After learning how to grow lasagna, it’s time to select and plant vegetables of your choice, just as you would in any garden.
Warning! Remember that it takes 6-12 months for the decomposition process to complete. If you want to speed up the process, just add 10cm of compost to the lasagna crop. Like this, you can plant your vegetables or flowers whenever you want.
To keep the soil rich in nutrients, replenish your lasagna garden each year by adding brown and green layers. The best time to do this is autumn. This will give them all winter to rot before you plant your new plants in the spring. Do not compost meat, oil or dairy products, as they can attract pests and wildlife. Plants that are infested with pests or diseases should also be avoided, as they can spread to your new garden.
The rest is as you would in any other garden: weed and water as needed and it will thank you for good production.