Dear Gentle Reader,
This evening, I went outside to water and check my gardens. The mosquitoes were out in force! I have been watering my lasagna garden at least every other day, but usually every day. It has settled by about 1/2 of its original height, which was expected. It looks mostly like a pile of leaves. However, there are little bean sprouts all over it. Horray!
That little yellow ball is one of the immature peaches that fell off of the diseased/infested peach tree we have. All of the peaches will fall off and rot. None of them will mature, due to the disease/bugs. They are all over my raised beds.
In any case, since this lasagna garden is heavy on the browns (carbon), I plan to chop up the bean plants (after harvest) and fork them back into the pile. If I could have, I would have used grass clippings, in addition to the leaves and straw, to build this, but I don’t have any. This seemed like a good solution, at least partially. Next year, I will add some balanced, slow release fertilizer.
Have you tried lasagna gardening? How did it work out for you?
Update 6-14-10: Bambi (or maybe Thumper) ate the tops off of all of the plants. Some of them seem to be getting new leaves, but moste are forlorn looking purple stems.