Report on first lasgna bed experience = positive

autodidactMay 4, 2008

I'm still a relatively novice gardener. Last fall I started my first "lasagna" beds after reading Patricia Lanza's book. I let them cook over the winter and I just want to report that they look like they're going to be fabulous. Dug into one and found beautiful dark soily stuff above and below the newspaper(although the newspaper is still there; I'm not going to worry about it.) Also no grass growing up, unlike my old beds that I de-sodded and dug with my very own hands. I'm looking forward to planting this week with no de-sodding, no digging, and no need to mulch, since they're under a big old layer of mulch already. Will report results after planting later, but I'm optimistic. This is the way to go.

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foxes_garden(Z5, CO Front Range)

Can you describe the layers you used and how thick each was? This definitely sounds like the way to go if it works...

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 5:10PM
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emagineer(z5 CO)

Foxes...it works great. Did this in my front yard to get rid of half the lawn. Didn't even wait for a winter over. Planted all right away. Though this is recommended. But the garden area I have and wished I'd been smart enough to do it in the back. The newspapers are gone the second year. What is amazing is the lack of weeds, another plus for using this program.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 8:59AM
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michelle_co(z5 CO)

I tried this to get rid of field grass and it has eventually grown through. Granted, there was some field grass in the adjacent area. Lasagne worked well to get rid of some lawn grass, though I eventually tilled it all together and then put a new lasagne layer on top.

In the really dry slick clay, the lasagne layer breaks down, but seems to stay on top. I think breaking up the clay with the tiller helps. I really like how my soil comes out if I till in the lasagne mulch after 6 months or a year.

Cheers,
Michelle

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 9:58AM
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gardenbutt(rocky mt 4-5)

I use this method alot, Pats book is a good one for beginners.I learned it years ago from my grandmother in the form of permaculture.
Michelle I have used this over lots of field grasses with out it coming through(some beds are over 15 years old).However instead of the newspaper I use several layers of cardboard boxes for the base.I also use it when planting in the wooded area, weed eat down and layer cardboard several layers thick.Add my layers of soil, compost, leaves straw, old manure etc. then follow up with 6 layers of newspaper and a nice wood mulch.Even use this for some of my clients gardens.
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    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 2:28PM
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