Remember when people used to lift sod and till the soil to make a new garden bed? You don't still do that, do you? It's been 10 years now, since Pat Lanza first published "Lasagna Gardening", her method of layering compost and newspapers above turf, to create a no dig garden bed. I tend to follow an abridged method of this, with less layers, but it's always good to know the basics before you try to improvise. Danielle Lessovitz explains these basics in her No Dig Garden video. If you were thinking of starting a new bed, but dread the back-breaking work, take a look. And here's my short cut version.
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