When Haleigh Doyle of Eternal Returns brought up the idea of lasagna gardening I had no idea what she was talking about. She was helping me pull weeds in my epically weedy garden. No matter what I have done the wild wants to take over my garden. I am not willing to use chemicals so I either needed to become a full time weed puller or find a new gardening method.
Lasagna gardening to the rescue! This untraditional gardening method is earth friendly, natural and puts recyclable material to great use.
- Collect enough cardboard to break down and cover your entire garden. Gather rocks, bricks or other heavy material.
- Stomp down weeds flat. My weeds we incredibly thick and deep so I pulled them prior to putting down cardboard.
- If you have compost put it down first and then cover with cardboard.
- Put down rocks, bricks or other heavy material on top of the cardboard. You can wet the area to moisten the cardboard, but once it dries again a good windy day could disturb your cardboard layer.
- If you still have a harvest growing simply place the cardboard all around your crop without covering the growing plants.
- Some lasagna gardening directions include another layer of compost and cardboard or newspaper, but with the size of my massive garden I decided to go with one layer. I’ve already peeked underneath the first layer and found rich soil filled with an abundance of earthworms.
- When it is time to plant simply dig a hole through the cardboard down into the nutrient rich soil below. There is no need to till the garden before you plant.
- After you plant you can allow the plants to grow over the cardboard or if the appearance of the cardboard is unappealing to you add mulch.
- Enjoy a relatively weed free garden!
- Water as usual, but keep in mind that a lasagna garden has better water retention because of the compost forming under the layers.
After the weeds won the battle last summer I am looking forward to this new venture in gardening. By now my garden would normally have weeds covering every inch of it again, so I can already see that it is working.