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A New Garden Without Turning Over Sod

By ge1836
November 19, 2014

When making a new garden of any size, I use the lasagna method. In a large garden or a small spot where only dirt grows, this effortless plan works well if it's started a season before planting.

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hazelnut
Nov 21, 2014 7:30 AM CST
I love the way your garden is designed and planted. The lasagna method is a great way to achieve this. Instead of digging, you learn to raid dumpsters for cardboard! Or, I have asked the local hardware stores who sell refigierators for dibbs on the cardboard containers their refrigerators come in. I shred junk mail and put it under the cardboard. I am always short on mulch though. Im looking for tree cutters with a chipper. I did find a ready source of stepping stones--I found a dump of cracked up concrete. The pieces are just right for making a rustic path--and handling the concrete pieces gives you a total body work out besides!
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ge1836
Nov 21, 2014 8:03 AM CST
Whaaaaaaa !! I also used newspaper thick layers.
We were lucky with cardboard ,the kitchen was just remodles and cupboards came packed in big boxes.

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hazelnut
Nov 21, 2014 8:41 AM CST
When world gives you lemons, make lemonade! When the world gives you cardboard, make a lasagna garden!

Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Nov 21, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Absolutely.
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ViolaAnn
Nov 22, 2014 7:32 AM CST
I did a large garden like this a number of years ago. I DID lift sod just to give the garden a clean edge but not at all under most of it. (Nor did I dig out all the violets in the lawn). I used thick layers of newspaper. There are pictures at: http://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/The-new-Hosta-Garden-2007...
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Nov 22, 2014 7:49 AM CST
That is ambitious and looks great.

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