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Everything You Need to Know About Lasagna Gardening

| 11/29/2018 10:08:00 AM


It doesn’t come from an Italian background, there’s no pasta involved, and it isn’t Garfield’s favorite entree. Lasagna gardens gain their name from the layering technique used to build up a gardening site with a plant’s favorite nutrients. Moving soil isn’t easy, and for gardeners who are fed up with tilling, a lasagna garden is the solution.

For lasagna gardening, raised garden bed kits are popular due to the control they gives gardeners over the soil, watering, and spacing as well as the ease of its set-up and care. Instead of digging into packed, mysterious earth, gardeners can assemble a raised bed and fill it with soil in minutes. This method coupled with lasagna gardening could possibly be the simplest gardening method WITHOUT losing any garden quality. Maximum garden for minimum effort (our favorite combo!)

What You Need

  • Raised Garden Bed
  • Newspaper/Cardboard
  • Compost/Soil
  • Straw
  • Veggie scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds
  • Lawn Clippings

Placement and Size of Your Lasagna Garden

The most important aspect of garden placement is the availability of sun. Ensure that the garden will receive roughly 6+ hours of sun daily. The good news? Lasagna gardens aren’t inhibited by size. So you can build your garden as large as you want. Important Note: Your lasagna garden needs to be at least 16 inches deep. It’s the price we have to pay for ease, but most raised beds can be stacked to create deeper beds.

16" Tall Stacked Raised Garden Bed - Img source:

How to Build up Your Lasagna Garden

Honestly, just pile the layers until it crests over the sides of your raised garden. Having said that, there are popular build patterns that ensure your lasagna garden breaks down properly and provides maximum nutrients to the plants:

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