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How to plant a lasagna garden
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance vegetable garden to brighten up your space, try planting a lasagna garden.
Want to know how to build a low-maintenance, colorful vegetable garden in a small space? Look no further. In this post, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for making a homemade planting guide, plus all the tools you’ll need to plant your lasagna garden with success.
The inspiration for this project came from an idea by greenwaysidegardens.com. (You’ll want to click through and sign up to their newsletter if you’re interested in gardening for a good cause, or just simply get a great email newsletter.)
How to Plant a Lasagna Garden
Here’s how to build a lasagna garden for your own backyard:
Start with a raised bed.
This is the heart of the lasagna garden: a raised bed. While raised beds look great and feel much better than using the dirt or clay from your garden, they’re typically harder to work with. You’ll need to provide support structures around the raised bed, plus add soil and plant material at the bottom of the bed.
Use different vegetables for the different areas.
If you want to keep the lasagna garden a single bed, consider sticking with a single crop in each section of your lasagna garden. But if you want to branch out, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to plantings. Start by placing the herbs in the middle, and work outward.
Supports and sturdy stakes.
Stakes are a must for raised beds. You’ll need one for every leg, as well as four to support the raised bed. Stakes can be buried in the ground or driven into the side of a raised bed, with or without the addition of wood, but a wooden stake is usually more stable. You’ll also want to use sturdy and weatherproof stakes, like these Stable Trades garden posts, which are easy to assemble and require little to no maintenance.
The same goes for any wooden stakes that you choose. Get a set that works well together, as an item of support or as a bench-style seat. You can also create two separate wooden benches in your lasagna garden for two types of vegetable growing: herbs or zucchini and tomatoes. It’s a good idea to alternate the areas in your lasagna garden as often as possible, rather than keeping all of your plants in the same place for long periods of time.
Soil and other plant materials.
You’ll want to fill your bed with a mixture of soil and potting medium, like the soil used in terrariums and bonsai pots. This is necessary for water retention, and makes the bed stronger and sturdier. When choosing your plant materials, remember that your food will grow in your lasagna garden, you don’t want to use heavy, filled-with-potting-medium mixtures. You’ll want to select lightweight soil for your mixture, like potting soil, because you’ll want your bed to dry quickly and efficiently. Also, make sure that you purchase fertilizer specifically designed for container-grown plants.
For the plants at the bottom of the bed, the potting mix you choose will play a major role in the success of your lasagna garden. If you use the kind of mix that makes for good potting soil, your lasagna garden is a guaranteed winner. This is especially true for perennial plants, as soil around their roots won’t dry out as fast and efficiently as soil in a raised bed.
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If you already own a space of your own, feel free to skip this part and go straight to the lasagna garden planning tool. However, if you’d like to start planting your own lasagna garden right now, the following plant materials and tools will help you to get started.
You’ll want to use a fertilizer specifically designed for container-grown plants. The best of these fertilizers include 20-20-20, Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, and a combination of both.
If you’re using these as planting mediums, choose potting soil, or, if you’re working with perennials, choose a peat mix.
This is an important part of any raised bed, but especially for the lasagna garden. Make sure your stakes are strong and sturdy, with enough soil and stability around the base. In addition to adding to the stability of your bed, stakes act as a visual support system that creates structure around the raised