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Posted on 23 September 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

How To Make a Mulch Garden: The No-Till Garden

Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I went to an herb sale and sat in a class called “Mulch Gardening.”

The goal, it seemed, of this speaker was to convince everyone to get rid of his or her tillers.

How wonderful that would be.

A garden produced without fossil fuel and a low carbon footprint – what more could a gardener ask for when it comes to creating a garden space?

A mulch garden is very similar to a lasagna garden but without additional layers every year. The first layer is created by simply mowing the ground and letting the cut vegetation remain there. No bagging, raking, or weeding the area and no digging. Sounds great so far.

The second layer consists of cardboard or newspaper. The corrugated cardboard works great but if you cannot find cardboard or do not have enough newspaper will work. When using the newspaper remember to lay down at least five to six layers and do not forget to only use Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 April 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Lasagna Gardening: It’s Not Just for Dinner Anymore

By Vanessa Richins

One gardening method that works very well for urban gardens is lasagna gardening.

I’m not talking about growing tomatoes, oregano and basil together (as heavenly as that sounds right now).

Lasagna gardening, rather, is a bed preparation technique that requires no tilling or digging. You won’t need a separate compost bin, either. It can also be used for containers.

The name lasagna gardening refers to the layering technique used to build up the bed. First, you select the Read the rest of this entry »

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