Directions

  1. Measure the bed and mark the corners, then stomp down any tall weeds or grass.
  2. Lay wet newspaper-—about 10 to 12 sheets thick—over the sod, overlapping the edges.
  3. Now make your "lasagna": Cover the paper with a 2-inch layer of moistened peat moss, then 4 inches of grass clippings, 2 more inches of peat, then 4 inches of shredded leaves, 2 inches of peat, 4 inches of compost, 2 inches of peat, and 4 inches of manure. (You can substitute other organic materials, such as hay or straw, for the peat moss, grass, leaves, compost, and manure.)
  4. Moisten each layer thoroughly as you go, repeating the layers until all the ingredients are used. Sprinkle the ashes or lime over the top of the bed.
  5. Cover this "lasagna" with plastic, using rocks or bricks to secure the edges, and let it "bake'' for at least a few weeks—the longer the better.
  6. When you're ready to start planting, remove the plastic, and stir all the ingredients together with a garden fork. Then pop in your plants, water, and mulch.

Yield: One 4 X 12-foot raised bed that can provide fresh herbs, vegetables, and flowers for 1 to 4 people all season

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Peat moss

Compost

Peat moss

Shredded leaves Peat moss

Shredded leaves

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Peat moss Newspaper

Note: Pat says this recipe gives you a rich, raised bed with delicious soil and without any digging. "It's so easy, and it takes little time and little money," she adds. And, just one season after you build your bed, you'll tind that even the hardest clay soil under it will he looser due to the magic worked by the composted materials in the bed (and the earthworms they attract).

(Learn more about Pats time-saving gardening techniques in her book, Lasatfna Gardening, due out in bookstores in 1998.)

Peat moss

Compost

Peat moss

Shredded leaves Peat moss

Shredded leaves

Create the perfect soil tor raised beds! After covering the top of the pile with plastic, sun-bake lasagna-like layers of organic ingredients for a few weeks. The materials will break down over time to create rich, crumbly compost you can grow your plants in.

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