Springtime is just around the corner and it's time to think about planting in our gardens or, if you're new to this, getting a garden started. You've seen my container garden (more about how to do the same thing in plastic tubs, later), but I wanted you to see just how easy it is to lay out a whole new garden -- with no digging! It's called Lasagna Gardening and you can find a book by Patricia Lanza here. Even though I found it hard to believe, I bought the book back in '98 and it changed my gardening, forever!
At left, you see my results after just 5-1/2 weeks. Beautiful loam just waiting for my 'birthing sheets'.
This is really a case of pictures telling a story that's easy to follow and then, do it yourself! Just so happened I
was teaching a community group how to do this and decided to take progression pictures. These three beds were done in one afternoon by this little old lady. So, if I can do it, so can you young whipper-snappers!
In Under Six Weeks, You've Got a Ten-Year Old Garden
This final corner garden was extended another three feet for balance. I'm using both garden number two and three for my 'orchard' and strawberry bed. The semi-dwarf trees are set in according to harvest: cherry, apricot-almond, peach, nectarine, prune-plum, and apple. The strawberry bed is in the bed of the first three fruit trees. (Will have pix of these gardens in a later blog.) The corner garden will also have some berry bushes put in this year.) Planting the trees in this finished soil took all of an hour, at my leisure. Don't even talk about the gool old days!