Saturday, October 30, 2010

Plan Now for a Veggie Garden Next Spring

If you've been thinking about starting a vegetable garden for next year, now would be a great time to start!  Fall seems to be an ideal time to prepare a plot for next spring.  Best of all- it can be as cheap to prepare as gathering free materials and building a 'lasagna garden'. 

I've done a lot of research on this topic lately and it seems an ideal way to build a garden bed on the cheap.  I wish I had known about it before my initial idea to start a garden two years ago, but the thought didn't get into my head until well after Christmas.  The key to a lasagna garden, also referred to as sheet mulching or a 'no-dig' garden:  Leaves!  And at this time in Nova Scotia, leaves are something that are in abundance and free!

There are lots of books and internet references out there that can guide you on the proper way to prepare a lasagna bed.  The basic principle is this:  you are basically building up a layered mix of greens (manure,kitchen waste, grass clippings, seaweed, etc) and browns (leaves,straw) on top of cardboard or newspapers. You let them sit over the winter and in spring, you have a fertile mix of soil to grow your veggies in.  Basically, you are building the soil 'up', rather than digging down.  Here's a reference to get you started:

http://books.google.ca/books?id=Zih2ggDzMSgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=lasagna+gardening&hl=en&ei=imnNTID3BcGBlAeA_-HjCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

For further inspiration, check out this 3 part you-tube video about a front yard vegetable garden in Seattle that used sheet mulching to get started :





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