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RE: RE: sod< leaves now lasagna bed

The best part is that you use whatever materials you have on hand or are available locally.  I have a friend who saves me his newspapers, so I bring him fresh peppers in season.  The only money I actually spent on mine was for one bag of peat moss and the cinder blocks.  This is so doable, even on a shoestring budget!!  Good luck!!
BTW - I plant marigolds in the holes of the cinder blocks all around my veggie bed.  Looks pretty and draws more pollinators too!  I'm sold.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed,  1 Jan 2003 20:58:05 -0500 (EST)

> Pam:  Helps alot!  I think I'm going to do this for my vegetable garden...Thanks!
>Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
>"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
>--Albert Einstein
>On Wed 01/01, Pamela J. Evans < gardenqueen@gbronline.com > wrote:From: Pamela J. Evans [mailto: gardenqueen@gbronline.com]To: gardenchat@hort.netDate: Wed,  1 Jan 2003 14:33:12 -0600Subject: RE: [CHAT] RE: sodIt'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 we!
> ed 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
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