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Welcome All! I'm a dreamer, I hope you are too! A Posse ad Esse, or From possibility to reality, is a general state of mind. I hope you'll share your possibilities with me as I will with you. Namaste~

November 12, 2008

Isn't it funny how when you are focused on something that it has a tendency to manifest itself? Well providence strikes again. A~ stopped by our local thrift store today and guess what she picked up? Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza.
And Just after I've built my first Lasagna beds. I haven't read it yet, but have looked through it at some length and it has some really good information in it. Oh and don't let me forget the best part, She picked it up, essentially unopened, for four dollars. It's regularly $15.95, you can't beat that.
I wanted to address another thing really quick too. FarmMom left a comment on my last post that said:

Be careful though. I've heard about people who have done that and the chem residue from people's treated lawns renders their garden a barren wasteland where nothing will grow.

She was referring to the grass clippings that I had said that I scrounged from some neighbors of mine and she is absolutely right! It's very easy, if you're not careful, to introduce broad leaf weed killers into your gardens via lasagna beds or compost piles if you put chem ridden clipping in there. Thanks for bringing it up Angie, I should have mentioned that prior to collecting the clippings, I made sure to ask when the last time either of the "donors" had applied any weed killer to their lawns. They had applied a liquid spray but not since the latest June. The nice thing about liquids is that they are foliar sprays, meaning that they enter the plants through the foliage or leaves. After over three months, the bad stuff had been long mowed over and was now clean growth. So now, it's time to let nature take it's course, and make my garden beds ready for me.
Till tomorrow when, hopefully, I'll have some good news for you all.

3 comments:

Susy said...

I love this book. I'm planning on building a lasagne bed in a week or two. When you have terrible rocky soil this is the way to go!

Sadge said...

A little acknowledgement for you, over on my blog.

Amber said...

Hi there. I found your site through the Simple Green Frugal Coop which I love.
I got a second hand copy of the Lasagna Gardening book at a Church Bazaar a couple of weeks ago.
Something that I wondered about, upon flipping through, when using newspaper for the bottom layer, is there any concern of chemicals from the newsprint, like formaldehyde, leaching out, into the veggies?
Just wondering if you had any insight into this.
Thanks!
Amber