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Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! Paperback – November 15, 1998
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“Pat Lanza is a genius! It's a pleasure to find a garden writer like Pat who speaks from experience and who shares practical information in clear, understandable language. Her no-till, no-dig method will save many aching backs, and the tips and time-savers she sprinkles throughout Lasagna Gardening are sure to please gardeners of all skill levels.” ―Walter Chandoha, garden photographer and author of The Literary Gardener
“I absolutely recommend Lasagna Gardening for every gardener.” ―Ralph Snodsmith, host of Garden Hotline, WOR radio network
More About the Author
When her parents divorced Pat stayed with her mother and they moved to Jacksonville, FL. By age 15 Pat was married and by age 27 would have 7 children. She and her military husband worked hard to raise their family and get them through school. After his retiement Pat and her husband moved to New York's Catskill Mountains to own and operate a country inn.
It was there, in the rocky soil of the Catskills, with little time or energy to spare for gardening, Pat learned to make gardens without digging, tilling or weeding. She called it "lasagna gardening" and the results of using this method got noticed.
A newspaper publisher asked Pat to write a weekly column, garden clubs asked for lectures and then for a book. Pat's first book, self-published in three months, "How to Create Beautiful Gardens" came out in 1995. Pat continued to write for the weekly and also wrote for a daily with 750,000 readers.
Legendary publisher Rodale Press took notice and signed a contract for Lasagna Gardening, No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! Published in November of 1998 it took home the Garden Writer's of America Quill and Trowel Award in 1999. Pat went on to write Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces in 2002 and Lasagna Gardening with Herbs in 2004.
Pat doesn't sit on her laurals and has continued to work as she nears her 75th birthday. Her latest work is a re-print of a book she bought at a yard sale: "My Garden Doctor" by Frances Duncan. First published in 1913 it is now in the public domain and out of print. The story is inspiring and worth being reprinted so others can read it and Pat loves it.
In addition, Pat is working on a book "My Grandmother's Aprons" to come out in 2011 or 2012. It is preceeded by a CD with Pat telling the first fourteen pages of the story of her own grandmother's aprons and what she did with them. The book will be a collection of other's memories of their own grandmother's aprons and illustrated.
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First, a short outline of lasagna gardening technique: soak b&w newspapers in water, then overlap sections in a single layer directly on top of premarked sod area. This smothers the weeds/grass underneath. Then put a 4 inch layer of moistened peat moss over that, followed by a moist layer of organic shredded green material, followed by another layer of peat moss, followed by a layer of moist compost or yard waste, repeat the peat moss/organic matter pattern until your bed is built up to at least 18 inches high. Finish with compost on top, then either let it break down for a few months for certain crops or plant seeds and transplants directly into the matrix by pushing aside layers and inserting. As the layers break down, the earthworms will be eating the sod and breaking up the newspapers, mixing the layers together for you. The final result is an organic, self-tilled soil that's rich and free of disease and weed seeds. It's so simple.
Note: the author did neglect to mention the importance of wetting down each layer as you build the beds. I only figured this out because I had made compost before and I knew you needed moist materials for it to work.
In late fall of 2002 I built a 5 foot by 25 foot border bed for perennial flowers the lasagna way after reading Patricia Lanza's book. It sounded almost too good to be true - no digging, no tilling, no weeding? What was the catch, I asked myself.Read more ›
The first chapter of the book explains the lasagna gardening method -- which involves covering up the ground where you intend to plant with a layer of cardboard or wet newspaper to keep down weeds, then topping this with 1 1/2 to 2 feet of layered organic materials such as chopped leaves, compost, straw, grass clippings, etc. You can plant into this straight away, or cover the beds and wait for the materials to decompose. The lasagna gardening method is simple and really only takes 1 chapter to describe. The rest of the book offers good advice on growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, dealing with pests, and special tips and techniques for making your garden unique. This information is comprehensive and beginners will probably find it useful. But I already own a number of gardening books and didn't find a lot of new ideas here. I would suggest experienced gardeners borrow this book from the library first before deciding whether to buy it.
I do have some reservations about the lasagna gardening method. I live in the city and have recently taken on a large garden plot which is overgrown with weeds and brambles. I have decided against pursuing lasagna gardening, for the moment at least. I don't have very much compost, leaves or straw on hand, and because I don't own a car it would be difficult and impractical for me to transport the large quantities of organic materials needed.Read more ›
Before using this book, our leader had a decidedly brown thumb. After using this book she starting throwing homegrown zucchinis and tomatoes about like water. This book was so easy to understand, so engaging and so up and at `em that any reader who does not get up and immediately begin a hearty search for composting materials must be stuck under something heavy or tied to an immovable object.
Lanza has found the magic formula for growing a green thumb. Make no mistake, this book is written for the beginner but even so, the advanced gardener would certainly find a trick or two between its pages. And yes, we understand lasagna gardening is just sheet composting in pretty overalls. But since we have yet to read a book about sheet composting that is even remotely as interesting as Lanza's lasagna, we'll continue to sidle up to her supper table for another helping.
Grab a helping for yourself, and while you're at it, buy a freezer and a pressure canner. You'll need it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book we borrowed, had to have our own. Well packed and came on time,Published 11 days ago by Scotsman
I bought several of these to give to friends and family as gifts. We are all loving them and can hardly wait until next summer to see if what they say is true.Published 2 months ago by Jean Watz
I used her approach to make new planting beds on tip of grass. Worked perfectly and I would highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Susan D
This came quickly! It was a great price! And in great condition. 5 stars all around!!! THANKS!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a replacement for my copy which I loaned out. (Remember to note the recipient when you make a loan. Putting your name on the item may not be enough. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TroyC