Hi Everyone! I've been reading this book called Lasagna Gardening, and I would love to try this. So far I've only got some feed sacks down. I've noticed that I've made the fire ants quite cozy. Has anyone on here tried this method in the South? My major concern is a huge fire ant population next year. For those of you who haven't read the book, it's about laying layers of different compostable materials to build up your soil and encourage a low weed season the following year. It's also supposed to keep you from having to use a tiller ever again. In the spring, your'e supposed to be able to just make your hole and put in your plant or seed, mulch and water, and presto! You start by putting down a thick layer of newspaper, then peat moss, then manure, peat moss, grass clippings, peat moss, shredded leaves, peat moss, unfinished compost, peat moss, etc... Then you are supposed to finish this off with some wood ashes and let it sit all winter. In the spring you are supposed to have several inches of wonderful soil. My plan was to cover it with some plastic to keep my chickens from scratching it all up. The author gardens in the northeast, so I don't think fire ants were a concern for her. We have them so bad, if I let anything sit on the ground for a day or two, the fire ants have taken up residence either under or next to it. The other idea I had was to use mushroom compost in place of some of the peat moss layers. I read somewhere that peat bogs were being depleted by over harvesting. Mushroom compost has peat moss in it. I found a source for the mushroom compost in SC, only problem is I need a pickup to go get it, or they will ship me a semi truck load for $1,350.00. A pickup load is only $25.00. The semi truck load is out of the question. I'm sure I'm not the only one planning a bigger and better garden for next year!