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“What are those things in the middle?” I got that question a lot when I first posted about our new super space efficient, keyhole inspired, raised bed. I promised a post that would give more details so here’s the scoop:
* The two towers are compost towers, modeled after keyhole beds (google “keyhole bed” for more info on that).
* I used hardware cloth to make the towers. They go all the way to the bottom of the bed.
* I lined the portion that sits above ground with some free, used, burlap bags from a local coffee house (we ❤️ you @vervecoffee ). Worms don’t like the light so this will help ensure they don’t just congregate in the very center of the tower. It will also help keep moisture in.
* Compost towers = TONS of worms!
* I add fresh kitchen scraps and cover with a layer of straw just like I do with our big compost. The layer you can see in the video is a shovel’s worth of partially decomposed compost from our big bin. I added it to the towers to inoculate it with all the worms, bacteria, and microorganisms that do the work of decomposition. I do this with all my compost bins; it’s like giving it a jumpstart.
* I won’t be harvesting the compost, unless eventually it gets too full. The whole point is that the compost in these towers is for this bed, so harvesting it and moving it somewhere else would be counterproductive.
* I thought about using a five gallon bucket for the towers and drilling lots of holes in it, but buckets wouldn’t last as long (resulting in more landfill waste) and I get weirded out about having plastic in the soil next to my food.
* I am not planning on moving these around like many of you asked. That would be awesome (great idea!) but also a pain. I go for ease whenever I can in the garden. Someone else may want to do that though!
* When I water the towers the nutrients go straight into the soil. I’ll plant my super heavy feeders next to the towers. This year that will be two medicinal cannabis plants. I can’t wait to see how they do in this spot!
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I hope I answered all your questions! If not let me know 😊.

“What are those things in the middle?” I got that question a lot when I first posted about our new super space efficient, keyhole inspired, raised bed. I promised a post that would give more details so here’s the scoop: * The two towers are compost towers, modeled after keyhole beds (google “keyhole bed” for more info on that). * I used hardware cloth to make the towers. They go all the way to the bottom of the bed. * I lined the portion that sits above ground with some free, used, burlap bags from a local coffee house (we ❤️ you @vervecoffee ). Worms don’t like the light so this will help ensure they don’t just congregate in the very center of the tower. It will also help keep moisture in. * Compost towers = TONS of worms! * I add fresh kitchen scraps and cover with a layer of straw just like I do with our big compost. The layer you can see in the video is a shovel’s worth of partially decomposed compost from our big bin. I added it to the towers to inoculate it with all the worms, bacteria, and microorganisms that do the work of decomposition. I do this with all my compost bins; it’s like giving it a jumpstart. * I won’t be harvesting the compost, unless eventually it gets too full. The whole point is that the compost in these towers is for this bed, so harvesting it and moving it somewhere else would be counterproductive. * I thought about using a five gallon bucket for the towers and drilling lots of holes in it, but buckets wouldn’t last as long (resulting in more landfill waste) and I get weirded out about having plastic in the soil next to my food. * I am not planning on moving these around like many of you asked. That would be awesome (great idea!) but also a pain. I go for ease whenever I can in the garden. Someone else may want to do that though! * When I water the towers the nutrients go straight into the soil. I’ll plant my super heavy feeders next to the towers. This year that will be two medicinal cannabis plants. I can’t wait to see how they do in this spot! . I hope I answered all your questions! If not let me know 😊 ...

I have a secret to tell you. This is my personal garden, taken yesterday- August 21st. I have watered this garden *twice* this entire year. Yep, one two. The  rainy spring had the soil moist for about a month straight, but since then we’ve had some pretty scorching hot and dry weeks so far, and as you can see, the plants are thriving.
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How do I do it? It’s all about the soil. In addition to starting with a recipe combining the heavier native soils and a sandy, rich soil mix, I use compost and mulch religiously. I have also interplanted perennials within my raised beds to help maintain a healthy soil structure. The keyhole garden design also helps to conserve water and feed the soil while harbouring moisture in the centre compost core. It’s amazing what the garden is capable of producing, even with the slightest of efforts. 🌿 EDIT: I’ve also built the garden in a part shade area, chose drought tolerant varieties, and have definitely lost some plants to water deprivation. This was a great experiment!!.

I have a secret to tell you. This is my personal garden, taken yesterday- August 21st. I have watered this garden *twice* this entire year. Yep, one two. The rainy spring had the soil moist for about a month straight, but since then we’ve had some pretty scorching hot and dry weeks so far, and as you can see, the plants are thriving. . . How do I do it? It’s all about the soil. In addition to starting with a recipe combining the heavier native soils and a sandy, rich soil mix, I use compost and mulch religiously. I have also interplanted perennials within my raised beds to help maintain a healthy soil structure. The keyhole garden design also helps to conserve water and feed the soil while harbouring moisture in the centre compost core. It’s amazing what the garden is capable of producing, even with the slightest of efforts. 🌿 EDIT: I’ve also built the garden in a part shade area, chose drought tolerant varieties, and have definitely lost some plants to water deprivation. This was a great experiment!! ...

It's finally done! Yahoo!!
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Beets, carrots, spinach, parsnips, kale, chard and radish seeds are in.
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Cabbage, broccoli, onion sets and ground cherries are in too. Sunchokes, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries are in the perennial beds.
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This weekend we hope to get the trellises up and all of the plants that go in the keyhole gardens planted. Lots to do still but I feel like the hardest part is behind us.
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Thanks to @foggyriverfarm for the amazing design and the support 💚💚.

It's finally done! Yahoo!! . Beets, carrots, spinach, parsnips, kale, chard and radish seeds are in. . Cabbage, broccoli, onion sets and ground cherries are in too. Sunchokes, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries are in the perennial beds. . This weekend we hope to get the trellises up and all of the plants that go in the keyhole gardens planted. Lots to do still but I feel like the hardest part is behind us. . Thanks to @foggyriverfarm for the amazing design and the support 💚💚 ...

Quand tu rentres de congés après 10 jours d’absence 😍
#potager #jardinage #keyholegarden #zerodechet #slowlife.

Quand tu rentres de congés après 10 jours d’absence 😍 #potager #jardinage #keyholegarden #zerodechet #slowlife ...

🌿Why starting a garden in 2020 is better than any New Year’s resolution:
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🌱you grow your own organic food.
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🌱gets you moving your body outdoors.
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🌱swap out screen time for a healthy hobby.
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🌱supports your mental wellbeing.
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🌱reduces your environmental footprint (home-scale climate action...yay!).
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🌱saves you money (unless you have a seed buying problem like me).
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🌱combats countless health issues
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👉🏼Choosing to grow a garden this year keeps alive so many of those resolutions that would otherwise soon disappoint and fade away. Now is the perfect time to start planning your garden; contact us to book a consultation, and we will get you growing by spring!.

🌿Why starting a garden in 2020 is better than any New Year’s resolution: . 🌱you grow your own organic food. . 🌱gets you moving your body outdoors. . 🌱swap out screen time for a healthy hobby. . 🌱supports your mental wellbeing. . 🌱reduces your environmental footprint (home-scale climate action...yay!). . 🌱saves you money (unless you have a seed buying problem like me). . 🌱combats countless health issues . 👉🏼Choosing to grow a garden this year keeps alive so many of those resolutions that would otherwise soon disappoint and fade away. Now is the perfect time to start planning your garden; contact us to book a consultation, and we will get you growing by spring! ...

Ce midi, je mange le 1er concombre de mon potager !! Pour suivre les aventures avec mes bacs de culture dont ceux de @monpetitpotager.insta, vous pouvez consulter les 2 stories à la une sur mon profil Instagram 😊😊
#potager #keyholegarden #nature #zerodechet #zerowaste #autonomiealimentaire.

Ce midi, je mange le 1er concombre de mon potager !! Pour suivre les aventures avec mes bacs de culture dont ceux de @monpetitpotager.insta , vous pouvez consulter les 2 stories à la une sur mon profil Instagram 😊😊 #potager #keyholegarden #nature #zerodechet #zerowaste #autonomiealimentaire ...

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#KualaLumpur day 196 - #Gardening: Checking under the #coconut #husk #covering over some #eggplant #seeds I planted here in #KeyholeGarden circle 2. Apparently it takes 7-10 days for #seedlings to appear... and this went straight into the #soil 10 days ago. Not sure if these are its new #shoots. Or perhaps some #weeds found its way 😆 let’s see.
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#tropical #garden #hardwork #sweat #toil #nature #growwhatyoueat #StayHomeSaveLives #MCO #organic.

#KualaLumpur day 196 - #Gardening : Checking under the #coconut #husk #covering over some #eggplant #seeds I planted here in #KeyholeGarden circle 2. Apparently it takes 7-10 days for #seedlings to appear... and this went straight into the #soil 10 days ago. Not sure if these are its new #shoots . Or perhaps some #weeds found its way 😆 let’s see. . . #tropical #garden #hardwork #sweat #toil #nature #growwhatyoueat #StayHomeSaveLives #MCO #organic ...

Work from home/on call work order update. Love the results of the latest improvements & ongoing garden projects. #PerseaAmericana #Zeamays #Capsicum #Solanum #Cucurbita 
#HumulusLupulus
#Cortinarius #KeyholeGarden.

Work from home/on call work order update. Love the results of the latest improvements & ongoing garden projects. #PerseaAmericana #Zeamays #Capsicum #Solanum #Cucurbita #HumulusLupulus #Cortinarius #KeyholeGarden ...

Look at what I grew in my little kitchen garden, a radish!
#keyholegarden #radish #veggies #hugelkultur #gardengifts #permaculture.

Look at what I grew in my little kitchen garden, a radish! #keyholegarden #radish #veggies #hugelkultur #gardengifts #permaculture ...

When your social distancing during teotwawki build gardens. #teotwawki #palletgarden #keyholegarden #repurposing #southernexposure #iwontstarve #beprepared.

When your social distancing during teotwawki build gardens. #teotwawki #palletgarden #keyholegarden #repurposing #southernexposure #iwontstarve #beprepared ...

Planted our first #garden today! We have basil, rosemary, beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, Swiss chard, butter lettuce, kale, onions and potatoes planted. #raisedgardenbeds #keyholegarden #backyard #home #urbangarden #cityliving #columbus 🍅🥬🥔🧅.

Planted our first #garden today! We have basil, rosemary, beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, Swiss chard, butter lettuce, kale, onions and potatoes planted. #raisedgardenbeds #keyholegarden #backyard #home #urbangarden #cityliving #columbus 🍅🥬🥔🧅 ...