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Keyhole Vegetable Gardens

Keyhole vegetable garden drawings

Keyhole vegetable garden drawings


Keyhole vegetable gardens are:
- self-watering
- self-fertilising
- raised garden bed for the smaller types of vegetable plants.
Keyhole vegetable garden in Rwanda

Keyhole vegetable garden in Rwanda


YouTube video (Africa – where it is hot and dry) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykCXfjzfaco

Text from video: “Keyhole Gardens are a great garden to make – here is one being built in Uganda. This organic technique is part of Send a Cow’s training in sustainable agriculture and is a great home garden idea too. Keyhole gardens survive floods and arid conditions well as the raised bed holds moisture and is ‘fed’ grey water and compost via a central basket. Help more African families learn how to make these gardens and buy the charity gift of a Keyhole Garden for a friend at Send a Cow Gifts.org.” or http://www.sendacow.org.uk

The idea is that a good mix of compost (50% prunings, dry grassy stuff with 50% mushy food waste) will decay naturally and leach out the water and plant nutrition to the roots surrounding the basket. [Note from Liz: In Vanuatu don’t add soil or a roof to the compost basket). No plastic is used!]

Another video from Africa.

Text above from Maree McCarthy at Nature’s Magic Garden Designs
Note: These keyhole gardens would work great in Haiti where the soil is thin and rocky and growing conditions extreme.

More details on keyhole gardens:
Dave’s Garden
Texas Co-op Power: Keyhole Gardens
The Permaculture Research Institute: Building a Raised Bed Keyhole Garden

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One Response to “Keyhole Vegetable Gardens”

  1. Owen Geiger says:

    Here’s an excellent compilation of photos from Inspiration Green: http://www.inspirationgreen.com/keyhole-gardens.html

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