Hi, Last fall I started a 'lasagna garden' in an area of my yard (previously =lawn + clay soil) that I'm going to be filling with Pacific Northwest native plants in as natural an arrangement as possible. Recognising that the soil beneath a native forest probably doesn't contain the same balance of 'greens' & 'browns' as your average garden, I decided to construct my 'lasagna' using layers of: cardboard, coir (instead of peat), lots of leaves (mostly brown, some green), grass cuttings (a bit), thin layers of 'Sea Soil' + mushroom manure + store-bought compost (couldn't afford much), a sprinkling of ashes & coffee grounds, a bit of well-processed homemade compost, medium-fine douglas fir & cedar mulches, plus some forest fines & *very* decayed cedar/fir (=from a local construction site where they're planning to pave over the forest - yuck!). After building the layers up about 8', I added some moss & licorice fern-covered logs and the hardiest of my native plants (salal, oregon grape, deer ferns, snowberry, etc), cushioning each rootball in store-bought 'outdoor soil' to ensure they'd have enough nutrients to last the winter. I also set up the layers so that the shady/wet side of the garden got most of the woody mulch & the sunny/dry side got very little of it - hopefully mimicking the gradient you'd find moving from a deep coastal forest into open meadows & forest edges. Well, all of those plants are doing great, the leaf mold is working hard, there are plenty of worms & mushrooms, and even a thin layer of moss in places (see the photos). So I'm pretty happy with the garden's progress so far. However I'm now wanting to add in some less hardy plants (shooting stars, camas, columbine, etc) and I'm concerned that the soil may be too heavily weighted toward carbon-rich 'browns' (even in the sunnier section) and that it contains far too little nitrogen-rich 'greens'. How can I fix this without having to buy compost from a store or to wait until the city (Vancouver) gives away free compost in May? Is it ok to just add a layer of chopped up kitchen scraps (straight out of the kitchen) & then cover that with some leaves?? Or do I need to let the scraps 'stew' for months before it's safe to add them to the soil? (note: my compost pile isn't very big & is v. hard to turn - so I'd rather not rely on its ability to process scraps quickly). I don't want to have to resort to fertiliser, but I also don't want to starve my plants. Can anyone suggest some natural nitrogen-rich materials that I can get for free and can add right on top of my garden 'lasagna' RIGHT AWAY so the worms & detritivores can get to work on it?? All my little spring buds are already pushing through the soil in their pots and I'd like to get them into their permanent homes asap.... Thanks muchly!!