- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (November 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875969623
- ISBN-13: 978-0875969626
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 265 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
This intriguingly titled book?which has nothing to do with pasta and everything to do with layering?serves up a time-saving approach to gardening that will come as welcome news to the overworked and the horticulturally challenged. Lanza exhorts readers to build soil up, "instead of digging down," by simply layering organic materials onto a prospective garden site and close-planting directly into it. Together with generous mulching, she contends, this process eliminates some of gardening's more labor-intensive chores?tilling, double-digging, weeding and frequent watering. After outlining her basic premise, Lanza zeroes in on the specific areas of interest, including vegetables, herbs, berries and flowers, providing an abundance of detail on a wide selection of planting materials. Although this method of creating instant raised beds is not new, Lanza has refined it into a step-by-step procedure that she conveys with simplicity and clarity, and her chatty, first-person narrative makes the text a pleasure to read. Of particular interest to fledgling gardeners, this title will also appeal to those looking for new ways to streamline the demands of their favorite pastime.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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
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Lanza is mostly into herbs and vegetables, there's not much in her book about landscaping. But, I didn't care about raising my own rutabagas. What I wanted was a ground cover bed of English ivy, so I installed a lasagna garden of ivy. It looked nice for a few days; then we had wind. The peat moss and newspaper blew off. Sheets of newspaper blowing down the street turned our block into Litterbug Lane -- a big mess!
Lanza writes like a neighbor gossiping over the backyard fence. She just goes on and on about how wonderful her gardens are, but outside of her poorly-documented experience, there's not much helpful information.
Sorry to say, the lasagna method is half baked and doesn't work down here in the Florida sea breezes. (And it'd be even worse in Texas, where the winds blow even harder.)
Lanza's garden "recipe" is a flop. I cannot recommend it or the book.
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. When I was done I planted perennials taken from four inch pots, watered them in, and left them for the winter rains to take care of (we can do that in So. Cal, hee hee). They settled in nicely and grew steadily, but it was cool weather so the roots were doing most of the growth at that time. A few months later as top growth appeared I was encouraged to build more lasagna beds in my vegetable garden - two 5 by 5 raised beds to go with my other two traditionally tilled raised beds (those were a lot of work, double digging, sifting rocks, mixing compost, etc. I wish now that I had known about the lasagna method a few years ago!). After about two hour's work I was done layering my new vegetable beds and watered them down to compost a little. In late May, I transplanted sweet peppers and basil starts to one lasagna bed and planted cantaloupes and flowers in the other.
Those two lasagna beds outperformed the traditional beds in every way. That summer I harvested more sweet peppers than ever before. It was my first try growing cantaloupes, so I have no previous crops to compare, but they did well and I harvested quite a few delicious, sun-sweetened cantaloupes from that bed. Meanwhile the flowers seemed to love the soil in my perennial bed, and they grew to huge proportions, filling in the space nicely by season's end. As promised, there was little watering and even less weeding. As a bonus, I never fertilized because the soil was already so rich in composting organic matter. Best of all, no soil-borne diseases! This was an organic gardener's paradise.
Author Patricia Lanza uses plenty of real-life examples from her own gardens to illustrate the effectiveness of this technique. She explains in detail how lasagna gardening differs from traditional tilling and double digging, what the benefits are and which crops need to wait while the layers compost down and which can be put in right away. There is an alphabetical listing of ways to plant annuals and seeds in lasagna beds, a plethora of tips on maximizing your space and innovating ways to grow vertically if need be. There are also garden plans for flower borders and perennial beds grouped according to watering and sunshine needs.
Please don't be afraid to break with "tradition" - you could save not only your garden tool budget, but your back as well. And if the promise of all those fruits, veggies and flowers with less work and more pleasure isn't enough for you, then you must really love that rototiller!
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
My first year, I grew red pontiac potatoes in most of the beds, and during harvest time I was shocked--they came out as big as cantaloupes. I also grew carrots and many of those were as wide as 5 inches in diameter! The big mistake I made however, was after the harvest, I tilled it all under, thinking that if I mixed it in with the regular soil, it would make it all better. It didn't. The next year, the harvest wasn't even close. When she says "No tilling," she means it! Don't do it.
Having moved now, I've started over and I have even taught a class or two in my yard, showing neighbors how to do this and promote the book. It really is a sound way to do gardening. Instead of throwing produce scraps away, we just rake back a layer of one of the beds and throw them in; some chopped leaves at the end of the year and that's it--we don't remake the beds and they work great year after year.
I also disagree with another post that says using peat moss is irresponsibly ecologically. My local supplier sources tell me that peat is harvested and grown commercially so don't sweat it. Regardless, it does help and does work and Patricia knows what she's talking about. I've tried her system and having worked in farming for decades, I can vouch for it.