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on June 25, 2001
I really like the concept of this book. The author has taken practices of no-dig gardening, mulching and sheet composting and combined them to come up with an innovative method for quickly creating a productive garden without the back-breaking work traditionally involved.
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.
I also strongly disagree with the author's recommendation to use peat moss when establishing garden beds -- from an environmental point of view I feel this is highly irresponsible. It appears from her descriptions that she uses bales and bales of peat herself -- 5 or 6 two-inch layers for every lasagna garden she makes. Peat is not a renewable resource and harvesting it for use by gardeners worldwide has a devastating effect on ancient peat bogs here in Britain. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has campaigned for the past 10 years against the use of peat in gardening because the destruction of peat bogs eliminates birds' habitats. Alternatives to peat are now widely available, and no one who cares about the future of the earth should be using peat in their garden.
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