How To Build Beautiful Self-Sufficient Gardens For Any Climate: Keyhole Gardens | Amazing Earth
First made popular in Africa, keyhole gardens are catching on in Texas and other hot, dry places. Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. Although most helpful in hot and dry locations a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate.
Keyhole garden beds are commonly seen in permaculture gardens. These beautiful, productive gardens are ideal for small spaces and can accommodate a variety of plants like vegetables, herbs, flowers, etc. In addition, permaculture keyhole gardening can be easily adapted to fit the individual needs of the gardener.
In a permaculture keyhole garden, plants that are used on a regular basis (and those that require the most upkeep) are placed nearest the home quick and easy access. By using creative patterns and designs, gardeners can increase productivity, especially with the use of keyhole garden beds.
These beds can be designed in a number of ways, depending on the gardener’s needs and preferences. Typically, however, keyhole gardens are horseshoe shaped or circular (like a keyhole) so they can be easily reached from all sides. As for how to make a keyhole garden, there are various methods for its construction.
One of the best and most common methods for keyhole gardening construction is the use of raised beds. Raised beds are most preferred, as they reduce the need for bending or stooping while performing garden maintenance. They’re well suited for nearly any plant, especially perennials, which have deeper root systems and require less water. The floor of the keyhole garden is made up of compost that includes a layer of kitchen scraps, followed by a layer of sticks, twigs, and dry leaves, followed by soil and repeated.
Keyhole gardening is perfect for anyone who wants to grow productive, organic plants in any climate, in any space with little effort. It’s ideal for those sustainable enthusiasts that want to have greener lives.
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