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RE: RE: sod< leaves now lasagna bed


Great reference, Maria!  Thanks!

Blessings,

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Maria Olshin
Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2003 4:37 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] RE: sod< leaves now lasagna bed

There is a very good graphic at
http://205.147.231.111/uof/lasagnagardening/heck.html
that explains the technique. An added benefit of this method is that if you
toss a few worms into the new bed, they proliferate like mad. I'm not sure
if I inoculated the bed or the lasagna attracted them, but there are hordes
of wrigglers there now.
Maria


> 
> It's a garden bed constructed like you would put together a lasagna dish
(in
> layers).  The book Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza got the whole thing
> going.  Excellent book, I borrowed Jesse's copy.  Basically, you start w/
lots
> of newspaper and raw materials.  You wet down the newspaper and lay a
thick
> layer over the sod. then a layer or straw, grass clippings, garden
trimmings,
> green kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, peat, sawdust, manure -
whatever
> you have and just lay it down in layers.  Newspaper, peat, more paper,
grass
> clippings, etc.  You generally end up w/ a bed between 12 and 18" high (it
> will settle some over time).  I edge mine w/ cinder blocks just to keep it
> neat, but you can use anything you like.  This creates a very nice, nearly
> weed free raised bed.
> And it's a LOT easier on the back than double digging rock hard clay and
> amending w/ compost, lava sand etc.
> It's a GREAT idea and I have grown my best crops of peppers ever in my
lasagna
> bed.  I add shredded leaves to it every fall and it is enriched by the
kelp I
> use on the peppers all summer and fall.  Basil in this bed grows chest
height
> and quite bushy!  No fungal problems either.
> Does that help??
> 
> Pam
> 
> ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
> Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date:  Wed,  1 Jan 2003 15:00:36 -0500 (EST)
> 
>> Okay, since I'm sure there are plenty on this list who will say there is
no
>> such thing as a dumb question, here goes...What exactly is a lasagna bed?
>> 
>> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
>> 
>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
>> --Albert Einstein
>> 
>> --- On Sat 12/28, Pamela J. Evans < gardenqueen@gbronline.com >
wrote:From:
>> Pamela J. Evans [mailto: gardenqueen@gbronline.com]To:
>> gardenchat@hort.netDate: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 09:46:55 -0600Subject: RE:
[CHAT]
>> RE: sodYou can plant a lasagna bed the same day you build it.  Wish y'all
>> could see my cardinal convention right outside this window!!  :-)
>> 
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> Kemp TX/zone 8A
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