Robbinsdale gardener teaches lasagna method
Imagine a garden that requires no tilling and virtually no weeding. A Robbinsdale gardener is using a creative method to get the most out of her garden.

You can't help but to notice Priscilla Watson's garden. It's the corner house with the magnificent greenery and blooms. Several years ago, she planted two plots, using something called the lasagna gardening method, which involves adding layers of organic materials that will "cook down" over time. 

"You can put in layers of things like peat moss and leaves, grass clippings," explained Watson. 

It creates good soil that will allow your plants to thrive. 

"So what I did here is add layers of newspapers all wet, and I completely cover the ground, make sure they're good and wet," she said.

Watson chose this method because she didn't want to go through the trouble of digging up her yard.

"It's hard, when it gets dry, it just gets like a rock, you can't do anything with it," she said. 

Over the years, the gardens transformed into lavish landscapes with irises, lavender, sedum and some unique flowers, like the "cup plant."

"When it rains water sits in here, so birds and pollinators can come drink from it," said Watson.

She says lasagna gardening is not difficult, and she encourages others to give it a try.

"You just realize that it doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be good enough for who it's for."

Priscilla is also a member of the Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club. She says the other best thing about using the lasagna method is there are hardly any weeds because the newspaper prevents them from growing.

Sonya Goins, reporting

July 20, 2017


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