Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Wellness Care Farm

Nourishing Hearts

Community Members

Here at Nourishing Hearts we are utilizing the no-till lasagna gardening method, which removed the need for machinery. With the risk and noise of machinery removed people can enjoy the tranquility of the day-to-day farming activities. Therapeutic farming not only provides physical activity but also provides the opportunity to participate in meaningful and purposeful work.

Did you know...

The mycobacterium vaccae is a microbe that is being researched and has been found to effect neurons in a similar way as medications like Prozac. This bacterium is found in soil and stimulates serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier! Research is also indicating it plays a potential role in regulation of emotional behavior. So digging in the soil is not only fun and sensory stimulating, it's also supporting our mental health!

What is Lasagna Gardening?

Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. The name "lasagna gardening" refers to the method of building the garden, which is, essentially, adding layers of organic materials that will “cook down” over time, resulting in rich, fluffy soil that will help your plants thrive. Also known as “sheet composting,” lasagna gardening is great for the environment, because you're using your yard and kitchen waste and essentially composting it in place to make a new garden.

No Digging Required

One of the best things about lasagna gardening is how easy it is. You don't have to remove existing sod and weeds. You don't have to double dig. In fact, you don't have to work the soil at all. The first layer of the lasagna garden consists of either brown corrugated cardboard or three layers of newspaper laid directly on top of the grass or weeds in the area selected for the garden.  This layer is wet down to keep everything in place and start the decomposition process. The grass or weeds will break down fairly quickly because they will be smothered by the newspaper or cardboard, as well as by the materials you're going to layer on top of them. This layer also provides a dark, moist area to attract earthworms that will loosen up the soil as they tunnel through it.

Ingredients For A Lasagna Garden

Anything you'd put in a compost pile, you can put into a lasagna garden. The materials you put into the garden will break down, providing nutrient-rich, crumbly soil in which to plant. The following materials are all perfect for lasagna gardens:

  • 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

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