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.

Gardener Extras

  1. Lasagna gardening (sheet composting) involves layering natural materials that will 'cook down' over time, resulting in organic, nutrient-rich soil.
  2. 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.
  3. Do not use organic waste that could contain weed seeds or diseased plants.

Annette Shrader

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