“Backwoods Home Magazine” for March/April, 2015 (Issue #152), includes an article describing one gardener’s experience with keyhole gardening. Consider it a mini primer.
Keyhole gardening lets you.
- Grow plants in difficult soil conditions
- Use compost easily
- Conserve water, especially in drought
- Grow food intensively in a compact area
Build a keyhole garden
By Katelynn Bond
One of the hazards of living on the side of a mountain in northern New Mexico is that I live on a rock. And I don’t mean the ground has a lot of pebbles and stones in it — it is solid rock with just a dash of topsoil to keep you guessing. After an interesting experience with the yard and a sledge hammer, I am pretty sure that my rock goes straight to China, which means that nothing grows in it except well-established trees, scrub oak, and the occasional cactus. Any gardening that I do has to be above the ground and it has to conserve water as well.
After a number of years of different kinds of container gardens failing in one way or another due to our climate, summer water concerns, or my sporadic travel schedule, I got serious about finding a way to garden on top of my rock to help our family be more self-sufficient.
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.