Sustainable agriculture method for a container
A well-read and experienced gardener demonstrates how he recreates lasagna gardening (layering of organic materials in which to grow plants) in outdoor plant containers. He then starts seeds and also grows a variety of vegetables in these containers with great results.
- Lasagna gardening (sheet composting) involves layering natural materials that will 'cook down' over time, resulting in organic, nutrient-rich soil.
- Tom uses 50% 'brown' materials: dry leaves, newspaper, cardboard, pine needles. These ingredients provide carbon. The other 50% is 'green' materials: vegetable scraps, grass, garden refuse, coffee grounds and eggshells. These ingredients provide nitrogen.
- Do not use organic waste that could contain weed seeds or diseased plants.
Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.