I recently watched the documentary Back to Eden
, which outlines a gardening method that sounds similar to lasagna gardening. The main idea is layering good quality compost on the soil and then topping that with a layer of untreated wood chips. The key is *not* to till the garden in the Spring and/or Fall, but to continue to add a layer of compost and a layer of wood chips at the end of the growing season. By maintaining a "cover" on the soil, it becomes soft (without tilling), nutrient rich, keeps weeds down, and maintains its moisture (thus having to be watered far less).
I hope to experiment with this method starting this summer. Has anyone here gardened successfully this way?
The film (1 hour 43 mins) can be watched free here:http://backtoedenfilm.com/#movie
The film has a bit of a religious overtone, so if you are bothered by that sort of thing, this is fair warning.
There is a video FAQ section on the Back to Eden site here:http://backtoedenfilm.com/faqs/index.html
I also found a YouTube channel by a fellow who has posted many of his conversations with Paul Gautschi, the gardener featured in Back to Eden.https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA3DFF63E16876307