Keyhole gardens

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  1. Sherry Robitson

    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    Does anyone out there have a keyhole garden?Here is a picture of mine last fall when the greens were just getting started good
     

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    I like your garden beds and I have some questions:
    1. How high are they?
    2. Did you make them?
    3. If not, where did you get them from?
    I retrofitted some square garden beds into keyhole...
    key hole keyhole raised garden beds.jpg

    Here's a video I did on how I did it (starts 6:50 into the video as it's a bit long-winded but you can play it in full if you want the context).
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    The keyhole gardens is a circle 6 feet in diameter and 3 ft high with the keyhole wedge cut. There is a compost basket about 1 ft in diameter and little bit taller than the garden. The garden is watered through this basket providing your plants compost tea evertime time it’s watered.
    The garden can be made of stone, rock, old tires, sticks, or anything that can hold the weight of the soil. My husband has a very bad back, so we bought keyhole garden kits from keyholefarm.com
    This is a youclip introducing Dr Deb Tolman. She perfected this particular garden.
     
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    They're some nice looking beds.
    Is that corrugated iron or plastic?
    My only concern would be if the top edge is sharp.

    (it probably explains it in the video but I'm not able to view it right now...)
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    The kits we bought are made of polycarbonate and are not sharp. I was assured they are food safe. The beds can be made of anything, stone, rock, sticks, etc. just so they will hold soil. The important thing are the exact measurements, and the compost basket in the middle.
    We bought kits because my husband has a bad back. We have had them for 4 years and they show no wear...
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    I love the compost basket because you not only give your plants compost tea every time you water, but the baskets are full of earthworms which also adds worm castings.
     
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    They look great! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    That's very interesting and it's quite similar to the raised bed hugelkultur method I've been using in my high sided raised garden beds.

    I found this keyhole bed for sale the USA https://bit.ly/2zhUrHk what's interesting is the concept (as outlined in the video Sherry posted) of composting in the garden bed itself rather than having a separate compost bin or worm farm.
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    I am getting some New raised beds that will be 18 inches tall. I plan to use the Hegelkultur method in the bottom. Are these beds deep enough?
     
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    No, not really...

    To Huglekultur in a raised bed effectively you'd want about 18 inches in fill and then about another 12 inches for growing medium.

    But, if that's the height you want it's still good to pack the base with sticks and organic matter up to about 6 inches and then fill the rest with growing medium - soil, compost, mulch etc. This will become a nice garden bed.
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    Thanks!
     
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    Sherry, with the compost in the middle, does it ever start growing it's own vegetables from the scraps.

    These beds look great to use for people like me who don't want to bend down,
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    Yes, I am a senior citizen and the high beds help a lot.
     
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    Sherry Robitson Texas Bluebonnets Premium Member GOLD

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    Occasionally something grows out of them. I usually just pull it up. White I like is that I can dig down in them and find tons of worms.
     
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