garden yearly maintenance

by bman
(Prince George, BC, Canada)

I'm brand new at this and am just about to build my first garden. I'm going to do the lasagna method. Each year your vegetables will remove an amount of material from the garden. What is the best way to maintain and replenish the garden?

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Aug 31, 2015
composting NEW
by: bill from pa.

it is always best to use compost. its very easy to make your own. using mainly fall leaves and some kitchen vegetable scraps. just by turning and watering weekly you will have useable composted dirt in a few months. also covering your garden with mulched fall leaves and then scraping all but the bottom layer off in the spring helps to enrich and protect your garden in the winter.

Sep 02, 2015
Yearly maintenance of no dig or lasagna garden NEW
by: ~ Megan

It can be daunting to start a garden, so I'm glad you asked this question because it highlights a challenge that new gardeners perceive... that of what to do after the first heady rush of successfully growing organic veggies using no-dig/ lasagna principles.
Strangely the problem is not about the garden material disappearing, but more about the garden overflowing with material! Sometimes one has to take out some soil, which I have done, and often top up the compost heap with this soil or heave it over into the town reserve.
Then off we go again in our gardens, adding more good stuff. Compost is great, as Bill above suggests. You can do some layers again (kitchen scraps, leaves, grass clippings etc). You can also grow a cover crop over winter which will add nitrogen and be an excellent soil conditioner.

Gardening organically is a rewarding love affair with nature, and the fun part is the LEARNING as you go. Here's an article on yearly maintenance for a no-dig garden: Yearly maintenance of no-dig or lasagna garden

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