I'm trying to grow a lasagna garden on a new farm with untilled soil and cannot seem to find enough material to layer with. Any suggestions? What would be a suitable replacement for the recommended peat moss? We don't have any available this season.
Thanks so much for any ideas!
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By SLL from MO
Basically the idea behind layered gardening is to smother the grass and weeds, include everything plants will need over time. You want to go from coarse to fine. You can use cardboard/newspaper for bottom. Small twigs, branches, bush trimmings for next layer up, followed by something to keep finer stuff from falling through. An old wool blanket, layers of damp newspaper with some small holes poked in it, then grass clippings, coffee grounds,
veggie trimmings, anything you'd put in a compost heap, straw, hair, old wool bits [nitrogen from hair and wool]. Then topsoil, then compost. You can use old plants from inside you want to throw away in the coarser layers [medium coarse]. Basically you are planting on top of a compost heap in the making.
Rake leaves in the fall to cover it with if you'd like.
This sounds like a great idea and I am going to do this!
If you have any trees nearby, leaves are great ! In the fall you can pick up bags of raked leaves on people's curbs and use cheap manure from home Depot $2.00 bag. Start a compost now. That needs to be a good % !
Use what you've got; look at undisturbed natural settings near by and copy it. We use grass clippings, raked leaves, wood ash, hay, manure from our rabbit, and composted veggie and fruit scraps. Also, in spring and fall, tree services tend to trim around power lines and mulch the branches/leaves. I got 4 truckloads of woodchips mulch this way- ask the crews if they'll dump the trucks on your property. This saves them time and $ if your address is nearby because it costs them to dump at a designated site. Win-win situation.
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