|New Lasagna Garden|
The term for this layering method was coined by Patricia Lanza who wrote the book Lasagna Gardening. The book's subtitle is A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! I think that says it all - she does not exaggerate! Actually, I started gardening in this way long before I knew about her book. I did it out of necessity, when I found I couldn't get a spade to penetrate the rocky soil of the Pocono Mountains. There is a joke in this neighborhood, "What is a trowel called in the Poconos?" The answer is, "A backhoe!" (That's a "digger" to my British friends.)
I began making the shade garden in 2005, using the no-dig method. Here are some before-and-after pictures...
|I marked out the area with rocks -- free rocks are plentiful on this mountain!|
|I began the layering process.|
|I added a focal point (statue) and plantings. Note there was no stockade fence back then.|
|I made a small seating-area where the new lasagna bed now resides.|
|Shade garden today extended to the picket fence.|
The lovely shrub against the stockade fence is a mock orange.
|Mock orange Philadelphus coronarius|
|Pink Honeysuckle Lonicera hispidula|
The first of my many clematis is in bloom ....
|Clematis Clematis x jackmanii 'Mrs. Cholmondeley'|
I have several types of iris. This is my favorite ...
|Iris Iris sibirica|
The rhododendron is putting on a superb show this year ...
I hope those of you who celebrate Memorial Day had a wonderful holiday weekend! Like many other families, we had our first cookout of the season. After an early-morning thunder storm, the weather cooperated. Now we are entering a heat wave. Oh, dear, and I am still planting my vegetable garden -- but that's a posting for next week ...
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