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sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9107537

OK, so if I start with wet newspapers (three layers), then a layer of coffee grounds (is 2 inches enough, more than necessary?), and then old hay I've cleaned up around my round bale ring, can I use fairly fresh horse manure and then some topsoil, and still plant right away, or would I have to wait until fall or so? Can't wait to get started.
seran72
Bozeman, MT

May 2, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #9107926

I have read on other forums many, many people say they have grown well in that right away - even tho technically u might expect nitrogen to get tied up. Try it and tell us!!
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9108403

Well, what I'm worried about is the manure burning the plants. Is that what you're talking about?
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 3, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9108826

There is a lengthy discussion about lasagna gardening few months ago.

Bellie
seran72
Bozeman, MT

May 3, 2012
9:35 PM

Post #9109603

I'm not sure it's the same problem but I have hear that too fresh manure can do that. One thing I have seen is where the lasagna gardener uses actual soil but just in the holes where he's planting. Then the other lasagna layers don't have quite as much impact on the plants until the layers have time to decompose a bit.

Bellie is right that u can google and find long threads On lasagna gardening I various garden forums.
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9110150

Thank you both. On to more reading. lol

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 4, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9110225

Here's a link to an in-depth article about lasagna gardening from Mother Earth News:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/1999-04-01/Lasagna-Gardening.aspx
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2012
7:32 PM

Post #9113296

Yes, Honeybee, very interesting. Thanks for the link.

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