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Clemson Extension features 2 new gardens

  • Friday, October 4, 2013

The lasagna garden at the Clemson Extension office in Moncks Corner features purple coneflowers. MICHAEL QUIRK/GAZETTE

 
The Clemson Extension office in Berkeley County has two new ornamental gardens.
A concept that dates back to the 1970s, the lasagna garden is designed to be a weed barrier. Its name is derived from its numerous layers resembling the Italian dish. It has the ability to grow plants in any environment.
The first level is cardboard or newspaper followed by compost then another layer of cardboard or newspaper.
“The result is a layer of rich soil that previously didn’t exist,” said Clemson University forensic horticulturalist Mark Arena. “If placed on weeds it is a great inhibiter to their growth.”
In an effort to conserve drinking water, the rain garden provides a cheap alternative, Arena said. By collecting rainwater from gutters into a barrel it lessens the amount of well water used. Plants in the garden should be able to experience swamplike conditions.
On Nov.16 Cypress Gardens will host the annual Garden Gathering. This year’s theme is increasing the amount of pollinators in gardens.
“Urban sprawl has decimated the primary pollinators like bees and moths,” Arena said. “We hope to raise awareness of the problem and encourage people to help out.”
For more information on gardening and growing, visit the Home and Garden Information Center on www.clemson.edu.

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