Lansanga Garden

I just returned from a 13 day “working vacation” in Victoria. One of the most important lessons I learned on this trip was the art of lansanga gardening. This layering process of soil eliminates the need for tilling and mixing of soil while creating a very healthy base for planting. There’s no hard and fast rules about what to use for your layers, just so long as it’s organic and doesn’t contain any protein (fat, meat, or bone). The basics of making garden lasagnas are simple:

Don’t remove the sod or do any extra work, like removing weeds or rocks.

Mark the area for your garden using a water hose or a long rope to get the desired shape.

Cover the area you’ve marked with wet newspapers, overlapping the edges (5 or more sheets per layer).

Cover the paper with one to two inches of peat moss or other organic material.

Layer several inches of organic material on top of the peat moss.

Continue to alternate layers of peat moss and organic material, until desired thickness is reached.

Water until the garden is the consistency of a damp sponge.

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