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Video:How to Set Up an Organic Lasagna Garden

with Angela Dawn

Using recycled materials and a little time you can create a beautiful garden using the lasagna garden technique. In this how-to video from About.com, learn how to set up a lasagna garden.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Set Up an Organic Lasagna Garden

Hi, this is Angela Dawn with About.com coming to you from Moon Lake Trading Company in Mentone, Alabama, and today I am going to show you how to make a lasagna garden. 

What You'll Need to Set Up a Lasagna Garden

To set up a lasagna garden you will need, newspaper or cardboard, some green which includes leftover vegetables, grass, and some brown, which are things like, hay, top soil, dead leaves, and bone meal, coffee grounds and wood ash. You can also collect some medium size rocks to make a border around your garden or pieces of wood.

How to Start a Lasagna Garden

First, mow the area. Measure out a section to plant your garden. I'm measuring 4 feet wide by 4 feet long. Then take some cardboard or newspaper, and lay it over the area, covering all the grass. This will break down the grass underneath. If you are using cardboard, you can lightly spray it with water, and walk on top of it to soften it up. 

Next, add a layer of brown on top of the cardboard. This layer should be around 2 to 3 inches high. Once finished, add a 4 to 8 inch layer of green. Alternate between these two until your bed reaches 18 to 24 inches in heigth. Add a thin layer of wood ash and bone meal on top to enhance the pottasium and phosphorus in the garden.  You can also place hair clipplings around the edge.  It's said the human smell will deter varments. 

Add some water and cover with plastic or straw to keep the heat in and let the garden bake for 6 to 10 weeks giving it some time to break down the mulch and create rich soil.  During this time your garden will flatten to about six inches.

When is Your Lasagna Garden Ready?

After your garden if finished baking, it is ready to plant.  You do not want to underestimate the amounts of green and brown you will need. A common problem is not having enough material. So, make sure you keep asking around for more materials, and saving your vegetable scraps in the kitchen so you will have enough ingredients for your lasagna garden.

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