Finally, in spring 2008, I gave in to my urge to sink my hands into some soil and approached my parents about starting a garden on their Iowa corn and soybean farm, where I grew up and where they've lived for more than 30 years. "Gardens are a lot of work," my mom said. "[And] who is going to weed and water it?" My dad's response was nothing less than fatalistic. "Most gardens don't make it that first year," he said. "And your mom is right—gardens are a lot of work."
Just as I was about to file away my idea of having a garden on my parents' farm, I came across the book The Green Gardener's Guide by Joe Lamp'l. Joe writes about a method of gardening developed by Patricia Lanza that involves no tilling, no weeding, little maintenance and, best of all, is organic! It's called lasagna gardening, and it became the means to unlock my gardening dreams.