There’s always something new and interesting to learn about in the gardening world. I thought I’d share this interesting post about keyhole gardening today. I’ve never heard of this idea which was developed in Africa to conserve water and resources. Wouldn’t this be a great addition to a home or school garden?
Keyhole gardening is considered an “African survival strategy” in a land of scarce resources and unforgiving climate. According to reports from the BBC, 3 keyhole gardens can feed an African family of 10 for an entire year.
A humanitarian aid organization in southern Africa developed this particular sustainable gardening method. The design originates in permaculture which is a branch of ecological design & engineering that develops sustainable human settlements & self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
A keyhole garden is the “ultimate raised-bed planter.” It consists of a circular shape w/ a 6 foot diameter & stands about waist-high. A notched-in section like a pie-shaped wedge allows access to the plants. It can be constructed from local recycled materials & incorporates a central composting basket into which food scraps/organic wastes are placed. The garden is also watered through this basket. It uses far less water than conventional gardens &…
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