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 and garden-style 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 the Lasagna Garden–Style
Lasagna is one of the most unique and different garden styles around.
While the name might sound unusual, a lasagna-style garden is easy to understand. 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 to grow their own food.
Benefits of Using This Garden Style
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 easier.
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.
Furthermore, if you have limited space at home for your garden you can also make a lasagna garden in mini raised garden beds. This is also ideal if you’re aiming for an above ground vegetable garden.
Materials to Use for Different Garden Styles
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 of 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.
Although there are different types of gardens, a lasagna garden-style stands out because of its amazing benefits. Above all, it’s also easy to understand and make, which makes it even better.