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Gardening in America
Lasagne Gardening
by Nancy Fletcher

This is to be the year for experimenting with lasagne gardening.  A television program with a lady showing her home which had once been an old church house and also had a rich growing vegetable garden was an inspiration. She had turned the old church building into a cafe. With the method she called "lasagne" gardening the middle aged woman provided meals for a healthy group of people from what she grew.

To make a long story short the very easy looking garden was achieved by having one row of newspaper directly on the ground with a layer of peat moss over that. Next came a layer of manure. The next layer was another one of peat moss. Then there was a layer of potting soil on top.  Into the potting soil she planted her seeds.

This woman was so convincing as to the wealth of her garden, of course, we had to try it, and so far, it looks really gorgeous. There are cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower standing straight and growing rapidly.

We had to wet the place where the plants were to go after we finished our lasagne garden and then we took a small heavy metal wrecking bar to punch the holes through the paper in order to plant. This was an easy enough task, since my nephew did it for me. The strength of youth is wonderful isn't it.

He has a real love for gardening and is always looking for better ways to do things also. This makes for even more pleasant projects.

This is late March, 2003 and all though the war rages with Iraq we go about our business with a prayer in our heart wishing to look to a time when there will be peace and love between nations and mankind, knowing peace like any of the other virtues is a very difficult beatitude which requires as much work as my tiny back yard garden.


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