Lasagna Garden Pictures

I made my first lasagna garden in Spring of 2011, and pretty soon I'll show you pictures of how I built it. But first, let's talk about some of the awesome benefits of lasagna gardening compared to traditional gardening.

If you've ever planted a garden before, you know it can be time-consuming and require a lot of hard labor. But there is an easier way to do gardening!

Lasagna gardening requires no tilling, no digging, and hardly any weeding. You simply fill a raised bed with layers of organic material, plant the seeds, water them at the beginning, and just watch them grow. It's a much simpler process than traditional gardening, and it actually produces healthier and more beautiful vegetables!

Since this was my first time making a garden of my own, I followed an awesome ebook called Food4Wealth, which goes into great detail about how to build the garden, how to effectively plant seeds so fewer weeds grow, and how to maintain the garden (that's the easy part!). I definitely recommend the ebook to both the first-time gardener as well as the seasoned gardener.

The first thing I did was to find a level place in the backyard, where the raised bed would go...

Once I was satisfied with the location, I screwed 4 2x10 boards together to make an 8ft x 8ft square. This makes the garden qualify for being called a "raised bed garden."

Then I added a bunch of layers of newspaper. Part of the reason for this is to prevent weeds from growing up, but the other reason is so that when the newspaper decomposes, it will attract worms, which nourish the soil.

After laying newspaper, I put down a layer of hay. On top of the hay, I put manure, as well as a light sprinkling of bone meal and blood meal. You'll notice a 1 foot wide pathway in the center of the garden. That's there to make it easier to get to the food once it's ready to harvest.

Next, I added a layer of straw, upon which I laid the final layer: compost. I didn't have homemade compost at the time, so I bought some from the store.

Finally, I began adding kitchen scraps, manure, straw, and other organic materials to a trash bin, which serves as my compost bin. Compost is an essential component of any lasagna garden. If you intend to grow a thriving, healthy garden, make sure you learn how to make your own garden compost.

With all the layers laid, I planted a lot of seeds. And when I say a lot, I really mean a lot! Planting all the plants close together does two things. First of all, it leaves less room for weeds to grow. And secondly, it creates a healthy environment in which bad insects don't like to be, and in which plants can easily go to seed and reproduce year after year.

I could have started out the seedlings in containers and then transplanted them into my lasagna garden, but I decided to just plant the seeds directly in the garden, and to water them every day until they are all fully sprouted. In just a week's time, there were already little sprouts making their way up through the soil...

So that's the status of the garden, as of May 10, 2011. Check back later in the summer to see how everything progresses. In the meantime, if you want to make your own lasagna garden, do some research online about the topic, and definitely pick up Jonathan White's ebook "Food4Wealth." Happy gardening!