No, it’s not a kind of pasta. It’s a way to create an awesome fertile garden with little more than basic yard waste.
Check out the link, and think about it–the basic idea is that instead of buying tons of heavy expensive dirt and then amending it with heavy expensive compost and fertilizer, you just build your own dirt and fertilizer–layering card board or newspaper on top of the grass you want to smother (so it too becomes compost/fertilizer), and then on top of that layers of chopped leaves, peat, compost, manure, grass clippings, and so forth, until you put a nice layer of wood chip mulch on top. Let it “cook” for a while (doing this in fall and then coming back to plant the next spring works really well), and you have this awesome soil that’s full of awesome nutrients…that’s essentially what we did with our yard, though we didn’t really have as many layers as we should have, and we needed topsoil to finish it all off.
An alternate plan, if you don’t generate enough yard waste–get one of those half-whiskey-barrels from your local Homeowner Hell or nursery, and try the same thing there–make your layers, maybe get some real soil (preferably containing earthworms, they hurry this process along!) to add in there, and let it overwinter. Then you’ve got this awesome container garden set for planting next spring.
Okay, I know this idea is of limited help right now, since it’s spring already, but you can always get started with your half-barrel, and then spend the spring and summer dumping leaves and grass clippings into it layer by layer…or heck, get some dirt and plant in it this year, but then pile the new stuff onto it over the summer.
If you love your garden, never again take a bag of “yard waste” to the curb! Use it on your own garden! (Or give it to me! :-))