CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This topic is always popular: the lasagna garden! A no-dig, no-till, organic gardening method that ends with great soil -- how could it get any better than that?
Basically, it's a layered garden that enables the easy incorporation of organic materials into a garden. Some call it sheet composting.
Remember, you don't need to dig or remove anything from the garden.
Here are the layers:
All of the layers should add up to about 2 feet tall. Don't worry, it will shrink.
Fall is the perfect time for creating a layered garden, as there are lots of fallen leaves and yard waste available. It has all winter to "cook," with autumn rain and winter snow making it break down faster.
In the spring, just dig in! If you used cardboard, you'll probably have to cut a hole for planting, but newspaper will have disintegrated.
Your soil will be fluffy, it will need less water than traditional garden soil, and you'll need less fertilizer.