Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Will just leaves work?
I have the makings of my first lasagna garden. I have knee deep leaves, which were chopped up in a lawn vacuum device, my concern is, I missed the step where I was supposed to add the manure. Am I in trouble? I have been adding my kitchen scraps(not meat related). Is there something I need to do?
Look at my composting handout from here. You need mostly carbon (leaves) and some nitrogen ingredients in a deep mulch Lasagna garden. You don't have to use livestock manure. I have not grown in pure leaves, so I don't know.
I am coming to the conclusion that not as much nitrogen is needed in a deep mulch garden as is recommended for soil based gardens. (I think there may be microbes fixing N from the air.)
Last summer, one school garden had 12" leaf mold and 3-4" of hay on top and that was their garden--it grew really well.
Watch your plants, you can add fish emulsion or blood meal during the growing season for a quick N fix, if they look like they need it.