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.

There are books published on this non-traditional, no-digging type of gardening, as well as information on the internet on sites such as Morning ChoresMother 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!

Plow & Hearth