home gardening

Asked May 1, 2020, 2:53 PM EDT

Lasagna style technique. I am looking for a "how to" to follow. At one time I had a diagram and am unable to find it now. I will be using an old orchard size pear box for my container. Is that appropriate? I like the size and I don't bend over easily, so waist high gardening appeals o me. Thank you for your expertise, carol

Hood River County Oregon

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. There really are no "no no's" when it comes to containers, especially so long as they do not have dangerous chemicals in their makeup (such as creosote from railroad ties). And, it gets extra points if it is comfortable for the gardener:

This is a cute publication with a drawing, starting on page 5, that may replicate what you lost: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/1/pcmgorganicnotillgardeningcomicbook.pdf

This is a bit more sophisticated a publication: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/sheet-mulching-aka-lasagna-composting-builds-soil-saves-time

Just note its warning: this is not an overnight construct. Using it takes time, to allow the soil microbes to break down the organic material so they are available for plant roots. You might want to consider a more traditional raised bed garden for this year's crop, and start a separate one for next year. Here's a guide to that: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/fs270

Good luck!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUCH A QUICK REPLY !! I dont have the body to create a raised bed, unless I find some teenager to help me w/pay. I just might have one near by.
Are there good ideas in the booklets you've sent me ?? Guess I'll have to look, eh ?

Thx again,
carol jurs

I think you might find some good ideas, Carol. One cheap, lightweight, size efficient construction might be straw bales. Lots of teens need work!