Wednesday, February 8, 2012

So you want to lasagna compost

Fantastic! You are on your way to simple easy no care composting!!

Lets start!

First pick out the spot where you will garden, this is where you will compost.

Here are the basics:
Lasagna composting is the easiest form of composting, you compost directly where you will plant. You do this by starting with a bottom layer, normally cardboard boxes or newspaper then continue to layer your goods. This is a no dig no hassle method.

Here is how you will rotate:
Greens
Browns
Greens
Browns
etc..

~ Greens: vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, grass clippings, manure

~ Browns: fall leaves, shredded newspaper, peat, pine needles, hay, twigs, sawdust

Try to make your brown layers 2x thicker then your green layers don't be to picky about it though.

Example Bed:
~~Top~~
6 inches of rich soil
Hay
Garden trimmings, and no longer producing plant
Newspaper & Sawdust
Grass clippings
Fallen Leaves
Veggie scraps
Hay
Cardboard Boxes
~~Bottom~~

SO work your way from the bottom if you use this example in your garden.

Keep adding more and more layers because as everything decomposes it will settle down cause a 2 ft tall bed to become something like 6-8 inches of wonderful compost.

(Note: As with most compost do not add meat or meat products)

You can start your lasagna compost garden at anytime if you plan to use it right away make sure you top it with about 6 inches of rich soil to plant in as the rest decomposes.

This is a fun and simple way to compost easily!!

2 comments:

  1. Hey Brittany. Do you have a local source for hay to use in compost or for mulching vegetable beds? I haven't really mulched my vegetable beds in the past and I'm sure it would help out with the moisture level. Thanks!

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  2. Hey Kelly, I get mine at Feed Depot on bearss and nebraska i think its like $6 a bale but if your just mulching 1 bale will last you a little bit. :)

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