With Spring right around the corner many peoples thoughts are already turning to this year’s plantings. One choice that many don’t know about is a keyhole garden. They are popular in Africa where there is more sun than rain. Not surprisingly they are making their way to Texas and in areas where drought like conditions are the norm. As you begin to learn about them you will begin to realize that these gardens are an amazing way to compost and grow simultaneously and they are small enough to put almost anywhere.
From the Texas Co-op Power website: A keyhole garden is the ultimate raised-bed planter. It is often built in the shape of a circle measuring about 6 feet in diameter that stands waist-high and is notched like a pie with a slice cut away. A hole in the center holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil. The garden, which from above looks like a keyhole, can be built with recycled materials and requires less water than a conventional garden.
Materials for the garden are readily available and if you can stack bricks and twist wire you can make a keyhole garden! For plans to make these amazing little gardens take a look here.