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Garden Beginnings

(post, Renee Andrews)

I recently purchased "The Lasagna Garden" in which the author purports that a garden rich in nutrients can be "planted" right away, even on sod without turning the soil. First a thick layer of wet newspaper is laid down to smother weeds, then layers of peat moss and compost are alternated until a 24" neat stack is made to the size you specify. You pull the layers aside and pop your plant in, water and mulch. The can be done with vegetables, flowers, herbs, even shrubs. Ideally, this process is started in the fall and the pile overwinters and shrinks down to a 10" layer of crumbly perfect soil. I am trying the right away method. I purchased all of the components today and will create my first bed tomorrow.