Remember back in 2012? I don’t, really. Thank goodness for blogging.
That was when I first discovered the keyhole garden from a fellow blogger. It’s only taken two years, but finally, the keyhole garden is in business. (Thank you, Jocelyn!) Unfortunately, due to a very full schedule through the end of June, it may get sloppily planted with more expensive seedlings from the nursery rather than sowing seeds. I’m just too antsy to wait and do the whole thing in nature’s time (seed to fruit).
When something takes two years in the planning, some immediate gratification is in order.
Here’s what one Man-unit (a/k/a/ wheel barrow hauler), a pallet of unused household brick (free, leftover from the remodel), cardboard boxes, $80 worth — 1,000 pounds or so — of moss rock caprock, and one highly motivated dirt girl can build in the course of a couple of mornings.
This picture was taken before this past weekend, before filling it with entirely free curb-waste (thanks to my neighbors’ trash habits) — more than 25 bags worth, shown staged in the background — and moving boxes, in a 1:3 ratio of green and brown layers. Lasagna style; my favorite. Though the caprock is the only thing that cost me actual money from my pocket, other project “expenses” were minimal: bit of dignity (hoarding organic waste); locating and building of the 2-foot-high bed wall; two beautiful, sunny mornings outdoors; good, old-fashioned heavy lifting and elbow grease.
And don’t forget the cold beers for the quenching and celebrating. (I won’t say how many.)
‘Cause, you know what? I’m really pretty lazy, prefer to do my work at the front end, then leave the more difficult and laborious chore — turning all this organic material into beautiful soil — to the unpaid little guys. No waiting around either. This bed is already ready for planting, just as it is.
Once I get to the nursery, all I’ll have left to do is snug the plants into their homes and we’re all good to go. If the deer show up (and we have reason to think they will), we will simply wrap the “giant pot” with temporary chicken wire to keep their little faces out of our edibles; we’ll supplement them out by the creek instead. Birds and bugs will be free to come and go as they please as we use no chemicals or synthetic fertilizers.
The keyhole garden is a weed-free, invasive grass-free, self-watering, self-feeding, drought-hardy raised bed on steroids. Stay tuned to see how she goes. If this summer continues to be awesome, all indications are that yield will be prolific.
- Keyhole — The Smarter Garden | DirtNKids
- How to Make a Keyhole Garden | ByzantineFlowers
- Keyhole Garden: Is it the key to farming in a drought? | NestingSpot
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Happy, happy gardening!