Keyhole Garden Theory

via Daily Prompt: Theory


Our son Jon and his wife Anna began a keyhole garden some two years ago, note the angle of teh bricks, the photo is just a segment of this vast permaculture process. I have done raised garden beds, but not in this style. The graphic below (from: explains the simplicity and theory well in visual form



This photo ( shows what it looks like early on, this one is laid with bricks flat. People have made them out of metal sheeting, plastic liners, cardboard, etc. In this photo you can see the central compost tower which receives your scraps daily and which feeds the garden daily. The raised bed is moisture retaining and ergonomic in that it is ideal for waist height gardening. It is drought resistant too, and water wise. It is a no dig garden, and permaculture is the theory behind it. It works well by every testimony online, and Jon has said before it has worked well for them. What a great theory!



Filed under food, Gardening, nature, permaculture

20 responses to “Keyhole Garden Theory

  1. Marit

    Great sustainable garden! 😃😊

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  2. This is very interesting. We have used raised garden beds for years,
    but I have never seen anything like this.

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  3. Wonderful indeed! I love it!

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  4. A different gardening theory to ponder!

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  5. MNL

    that’s awesome. looks like a good solution for a place like here with bad soil.

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  6. A fascinating design, Paul. I may give it a try this summer. I have two raised gardens where I could possibly add a spot for central compost.

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  7. Like everyone else, this is fantastic! I am a master Gardener and never seen the keyhole style in permaculture. Everything about it is “right on“ including the convenience. Very interesting.

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  8. It absolutely works. Nature does all the heavy lifting with a center-compost, so long as you don’t unwittingly wreck all the soil critters (bacteria, fungi, worms, etc.). Soil is built entirely from waste products as well — FREE substrate. Cheers!

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