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10/9/12 9:25 A

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Thanks for the info, I will have to ask my neighbor for some leaves. I only have evergreens in my yard since the last aspen died. I want to start two new beds along the side of the house.

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10/8/12 10:55 P

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Lasagne gardening is a low maintenance way to start a raised bed. You don't even have to remove the grass below. Just choose where you are going to put your raised bed. Cover the area with layers of wet newspaper (entire sections, making sure to overlap them), or cardboard, in order to keep the grass from being able to grow through to the top. Then you layer your compostable materials like lasagne layers - chopped up leaves, grass clippings, household scraps, manures - sheep, cow, horse, rabbit, or chicken (they don't have to be aged either if you are preparing the bed in the fall to plant in the spring), coffee grounds, and even some soil between the layers if you wish. These provide lots of nutrients. You usually top it off with a few inches of soil, either now or in the spring before you plant. Then in following years, you just work in compost as you would normally. As the organic materials break down, the soil level will settle lower.

I actually do something similar with my large planters. In the fall, I dump out all the old dirt into a wheelbarrow. Then I put about a 4" to 6" layer of the soil in the bottom, add a layer of leaves and more soil, mix that up together and tamp it down, then repeat. I top it off with soil so the pot is completely full, which will settle by spring time, leaving enough room for the plants to go in as well as to be able to water them. The water that comes out of the drainage holes in the bottom is brown, like tea, so you do want to have a tray under the pots if you are putting them somewhere that it might stain. This year I am just mixing the finished compost with the old soil instead, and putting the chopped up leaves on the garden beds and around my perennials as a mulch, and will till them into the soil in the spring.

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10/8/12 10:18 P

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What is lasagna gardening? I've never heard of it.

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10/7/12 2:58 P

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Welcome to the group. Fall is an excellent time to start making your lasagne garden beds, as much of the compost should be at least partially broken down by the time spring planting comes around. Plus there are lots of leaves available. These will break down faster and more completely if you chop them up first. Either go over the leaves with a mower, and then put the grass catcher on the mower and go over them again to pick them up and empty them in the new bed, or else you can always put them through a chipper to chop them. We've done it both ways, but usually the mower is the easiest and quickest for us. It doesn't pick up all the leaves, but the ones left behind help to feed the lawn.

Another source of materials for the beds are coffee grounds. If there is a coffee shop in your area, you could always ask if they would be willing to save the grounds and you could come and pick them up frequently. The coffee filters also will break down, so I add them to the compost pile here.


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I'm trying to garden, this year I got plants and no veggies. Hopefully next year I will get veggies. Would love to have a couple of chickens, but I live in the city and don't allow them. My brother keeps telling me I need a rabbit or two ~ for the droppings ~ not sure if I could eat them. I could be a vegetarian and be happy.


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10/7/12 11:15 A

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Hello I am new to this site and this particular group. I am very excited to find this group because everyone I tell about this technique laughs at me because they have never heard of it. I will actually be combining this technique with another technique called lasagna gardening this spring. At the present time I am doing all the planning and building the beds as we have such poor soil I will be planting in raised beds. I am also planning on raising some chickens and rabbits for meat and eggs in the future. I hope to share more as things start developing.



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