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If you are new to gardening, you may not be familiar with techniques like tilling the
ground and digging for certain types of drainage. In this case, a good method to use is
called lasagna style planting. This type of gardening is often referred to as layer
gardening. Here are some things to know about this method of planting.
The Basics of a Lasagna-Style Garden
When you want to know what a lasagna style garden is, all you need to do is think about
an actual lasagna. The point is that it is a type of casserole where there are layers of
ingredients. You have a layer of sauce, a layer of noodles, a layer of meat, and a layer
of cheese. You keep repeating the layers until you reach the top of the dish. Lasagna
gardening is the same way. You are layering the different ‘ingredients’ for planting in the
ground. It is an easy way for beginners to learn growing their own food.
Benefits of Using This Method
There are quite a few reasons to use this method. First of all, the lasagna style garden
can be started any time of year. So if you are having a mild winter without frost, but you
aren’t planting until spring, go ahead and start creating the basis of the garden. By the
time spring comes, you have the area prepared for planting. It really does make it a lot
Another benefit is that you are using up a lot of yard waste and food waste that would
otherwise have gone to the garbage, as well as other materials that frequently end up in
the trash can or dumpster. It is like an automatic recycling system that also helps with
your gardening efforts.
Materials to Use
Now you’re probably wondering what materials go in these layers. This can be just
whatever you have on hand. You might have cardboard at home, so you can start with
that, then add a layer of old leaves, followed by a layer of straw or newspaper, and a
layer or grass clippings. There are many ways to do this with whatever you have on
hand. You can also add layers of coffee grounds, seaweed, wood chips, veggie or fruit
peels, prunings, and just about anything you would normally add to compost. Instead of
mixing them together, you are layering them one by one.