How to Make a Raised Bed Lasagna Garden

Raised garden beds, lasagna gardening and straw bale gardening are useful no dig gardening programs. Although it may not be possible to plant those tall corn stalks like the farmer, you can still plant all kinds of delicious fresh vegetables and adopt the no dig garden plan. 

An important factor in deciding to adopt the dig free garden design is the local soil: red clay. The content of calcium, potassium and other major nutrients is low, and it is difficult to dig and cultivate. Lime and other fertilizers must be added to grow vegetables. The second factor is that I have no tiller or tractor, and I don't really care.

Raised garden beds - along with lasagna gardening, sometimes called sheet composting - are a way to grow vegetables, flowers and herbs without the need for tedious digging.

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What is lasagna gardening?

Thousand layer gardening is a no dig gardening method, not a vegetable.

Benefits of a raised garden bed

Here is a list of the main benefits of having a raised garden bed garden:

Weed control is much easier.

The garden plot can be placed in the best position for sunlight.

The soil will be warmer.

It provides better drainage.

It requires less bending and stooping for planting and weeding.

Avoid weeds in access roads.

Cold air sinks around the bottom of the box, making young plants less likely to freeze.

It's easier to cover plants for late frost.

Children and pets are unlikely to cross the garden.

Build a raised garden bed Garden

For gardening with rocky soil or poor quality, the first good solution is a raised garden bed garden plot. The raised garden bed is a bottomless hole, different from the container garden. If you can't build it yourself, you can order a garden bed kit.

Ingredients of Melaleuca Horticulture

Whatever you decide to use for your garden bed, you need about 2 feet of soil or growth medium space.

Thousand layer gardening, also known as sheet compost, is a cheaper way to provide a rich and nutritious environment for vegetable garden planting. It involves layering carbon rich (brown) and nitrogen rich (green) materials. Just as there are different recipes for making lasagna, the ingredients of lasagna gardens are also different. When your MDF garden combines green and brown, please use what you have at hand.

Brown: old leaves, pine straw, shredded paper, sawdust, sawdust, dryer lint, animal hair

Green: grass dust, dead plants or flowers, fruit and vegetable leftovers, eggshells, coffee grounds, newspaper clipping, animal excrement, vegetarian animals

Put your thousand layer garden together

As long and slow baked dishes are more delicious, if you start "cooking ingredients" in the autumn before the next planting season, your lasagna garden will play its best role. The ingredient of lasagna can be used to form a garden bed without boards or borders, but I like to regard the raised box as a "pan" to accommodate the lasagna garden.

After you have a raised bed frame (built in a sunny place for "baking"), it's time to layer. First line the bottom with a newspaper or cardboard "shell" to make it wet. No excavation required. Please remember: this is a dig free garden. Newspapers or cardboard will be used to suffocate any grass or weeds that may grow in the garden. The dark and humid environment will encourage earthworms to enter the garden. They will eat the rotten paper and become "small farmers" in the digging free thousand layer garden.

Start layering the green and brown ingredients for the Millennium Garden. Make the brown layer thicker than the green one. Sprinkle wood ashes from fire or fireplace on the thousand layer garden. Wood ash will help regulate the soil and act as an organic insecticide. Finally, a layer of mulch - such as a pine park or pine straw - will seal everything in the "plate" and lock in moisture.

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Planting thousand layer garden

In order to save money and enjoy the garden experience more, it is best to start sowing in the seed starter three to four weeks before the sowing time. Peas, lettuce, green beans, beets, pumpkins, peppers, carrots and radishes will grow well.

Tomato seeds are very small, so you'd better buy seedlings. When the danger of frost is over, root vegetables, such as carrots and radishes, are planted directly in the garden. Spreading marigold among vegetables will increase color and beauty, so wild animals will also tend to avoid gardens. They don't like the smell.

Quick Method of Thousand Layer Horticulture

Assuming that the spring sowing time is approaching, you have just learned this method (like me). Just as some dishes have quick cooking methods, so does Qianlian Garden. Composting is an important process of introducing various microorganisms to form fertile loam. Collect green ingredients and start composting. If you add all the green kitchen waste, it will pile up quickly. Mix in last winter's dead leaves, pine grass or other brown ingredients. In one month, you will build a good composting problem.

Use several thin layers of high-quality black topsoil to compost in layers. I also added some local laterite. I think it must have at least some nutritional value. After all, it is iron that gives it red.

In order to make the garden more nutritious, please add several layers of animal excrement (only from grain eating animals). If you live near the farm, it will be free, or the pet shop will be happy to give you all the rabbit dung you want.

These quick cooking methods will help to start the Millennium Garden. Another option is to start planting in early spring and early summer. Either way, you will be rewarded with fresh vegetables and herbs without any hard excavation.