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Southwest gardening made more water efficient by using Keyhole gardening method. This is company makes it affordable, as well as portable.

Southwest gardening made more water efficient by using Keyhole gardening method. This is company makes it affordable, as well as portable.

Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. ~ DIY TUTORIAL with lots of pictures

Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. ~ DIY TUTORIAL with lots of pictures

A keyhole garden is the ultimate raised-bed planter. It is often built in the shape of a circle measuring about 6 feet in diameter that stands waist-high and is notched like a pie with a slice cut away. A hole in the center holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil.

A new twist to a key hole/circle garden – mini worm farm

A keyhole garden is the ultimate raised-bed planter. It is often built in the shape of a circle measuring about 6 feet in diameter that stands waist-high and is notched like a pie with a slice cut away. A hole in the center holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil.

Credit: Bill Smith    Creative landscape architect Deb Tolman tends more than 10 keyhole gardens on StarHaven Ranch in Bosque County, where she lives in a 10-by-10-foot converted oat bin. Most of her garden designs incorporate Central Texas’ bountiful limestone and include a frame to support a shade cloth during the hottest months.

Credit: Bill Smith Creative landscape architect Deb Tolman tends more than 10 keyhole gardens on StarHaven Ranch in Bosque County, where she lives in a 10-by-10-foot converted oat bin. Most of her garden designs incorporate Central Texas’ bountiful limestone and include a frame to support a shade cloth during the hottest months.

Deb Tolman:  instructions on building keyhole gardens (.pdf "field guide" link is free and very thorough)

Deb Tolman: instructions on building keyhole gardens (.pdf "field guide" link is free and very thorough)

This is a how-to & explanation of keyhole gardening with an expert on the topic. This woman is my role model! :)

This is a how-to & explanation of keyhole gardening with an expert on the topic. This woman is my role model! :)

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