Lasagna Gardening – No Digging Required

I didn’t intend to write about gardening on my blog, but this is interesting … Lasagna Gardening … it has nothing to do with pasta and everything to do with layering.  I first heard about it on the Local Roots website AND learned that they are offering a class March 5th on this non-traditional style of gardening.  So, if you’re in the Wooster, Ohio area and this interests you, you might want to check out the Upcoming Events at Local Roots for more details.

There are books published on this no-digging type of gardening, as well as information on the internet on sites such as Mother Earth News and Our Garden Gang.

One of the best things about lasagna gardening is how easy it is. You don’t have to remove existing sod and weeds. In fact, you don’t have to work the soil at all.  Lasagna garden is less work-intensive, fewer weeds, better water retention, less need for fertilizer, soil that is easy to work: crumbly, loose, and fluffy.

You can put anything into a lasagna garden that you’d put in a compost pile:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Fruit and Vegetable Scraps
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Tea leaves and tea bags
  • Weeds (if they haven’t gone to seed)
  • Manure
  • Compost
  • Seaweed
  • Shredded newspaper or junk mail
  • Pine needles
  • Spent blooms, trimmings from the garden
  • Peat moss

I’m thinking alpaca manure would make some great layering material – I must give this a try!

Upcoming February Events at Local Roots

If you missed the Cooking Contest at the Roots Fest last weekend, the Winning Recipes have been posted!  It was a busy place with many activities throughout the day.

To die for was the Local Roots Birthday Cake, a Butternut Squash Layer Cake made by Betsy Anderson.  I wish I had a picture to show you – it was darling!  Betsy shares her recipe and a picture in the Local Roots February Newsletter.

There are some great classes scheduled for February at Local Roots.

I would love to get over for the Raised Gardening Class this weekend.  It is being taught by Master Gardener Susan Sivey in Wayne County.  She has pictures of her gardens on her website, Noah’s Landing.  Susan also has a yarn shop!

Susan's Garden


February 5
Open Knitting Circle
Local Roots, 10 AM-12 PM

February 9
Local Roots Board Meeting
Local Roots, 7:30 PM

February 9 and 22
Introduction to Poultry Production
Local Roots, 7 PM

February 10
Papermaking Class
Local Roots, 6:30 PM

February 11-12
Chocolate Daze
Downtown Wooster

February 12
WCSEN E-waste recycling drop off
Local Roots 9 AM-3 PM

Raised Beds and Permanent Beds
Local Roots, 2-3:30 PM

FREE “Upcycling” Jars Art Project
Local Roots, 9 AM-3 PM

February 14
Valentine’s Day

February 17
Basic Cheesemaking
Local Roots, 6:30 PM

February 19
Open Knitting Circle
Local Roots, 10 AM-12 PM

February 21
President’s Day

February 24
Water Workshop
Local Roots, 6 PM

For more information about the classes, read the Local Roots February Newsletter.

Interested in Raised Gardening?  Here are some books that might interest you.

What is Local Roots?

It is located in Wooster, Ohio just about 40 minutes from home for me.
Here is their mission statement…

“To establish a year-round market place for the purpose of connecting consumers and producers of locally grown foods and other agricultural products. Our goals are to encourage healthy eating, expand local economic development, promote community involvement, and sustainable living.”

If you’re in the area, it is definitely worth checking out!

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