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Keyhole Garden

Keyhole Gardening
 
One of the unique features we have here at Memory Lane is our keyhole garden. 


My curiosity was piqued a few years ago when I read this article on keyhole gardening.  
 
Keyhole gardens are designed to assist people living in very dry climates to grow spectacular gardens with very little water.  In some remote regions people have to carry water daily from quite a distance.
 
Keyhole gardens are 6 feet round by design, with a notch or keyhole cut into the circle.  In the center of the garden is a basket which serves as an receptacle for vegetable and fruit scraps.  Once the garden is established, the roots of the plants will seek the nourishment from the center of the garden, and the garden should be watered through the basket.
 
Dr. Deb Tolman has done a lot of teaching and promoting of the keyhole gardens.  This is a fun interview with her.
 
I created our keyhole garden with the help of my husband and father in law in 2013.  Dr. Tolman advocates using cardboard or paper to fill the keyhole.  Out of concern for creating a haven for roaches (which I personally loathe) we chose another approach.
 
We chose to use bricks for the construction of the framework of this garden.  The filling consists of a base layer of sticks/branches.  On top of that we placed a layer of hay, then a layer of cow manure, and finally a layer of top soil.  By the fall of 2014 when I wanted to plant a fall garden the level of our soil had fallen so much that we put a layer of native soil on top of it all.
 
I am thankful that I was able to seed the garden in September just before an unusually rainy time here in South Texas.  This season I planted cucumbers, cantaloupe, zucchini squash, green beans, spinach, and corn.  


Green Beans



Squash




Can you identify this flower?


The garden has gotten off to a good start and I am hoping for a good harvest in due time.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..."  Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2.


4 Comments to Keyhole Garden:

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Annabella on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 4:46 AM
Your Keyhole gardening inspires me a lot and has increased to make such type of garden indeed. I am seriously thankful to your for posting this impression of Keyhole garden. Thanks and inform like this..
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Galbert on Monday, February 23, 2015 1:02 PM
Good to see
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James on Monday, February 23, 2015 1:06 PM
Good to see
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Curtis Stoner on Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:55 PM
Built my kit keyhole last year...using the recommended cardboard, wood, leaves,etc....tomato plants never really produced...garden seemed to hold water too well... This was from natural rainfall only..I live @ Fort Clark Springs.....pretty dry...usually...I decided to move the garden.... I couldn't believe the roaches under the cardboard and around the compost basket.... I'll be using your approach on the reconstruct.. Hopefully less pests this year with a different approach. Best Regards..Curtis
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