Gardening season may be over for many people in the U.S., but not for everyone. Those living in warmer climates, such as those living in Albuquerque, may be looking to keep their backyard gardens healthy and green all year long. Gardens in Albuquerque are susceptible to dry conditions, so we were interested in a recent article by Dean Fosdick for the Associated Press. The article talks about keyhole gardens, a landscaping concept from Africa that could change the way Americans view home gardening.
Keyhole gardens are small, sustainable, raised garden enclosures that resemble a door’s keyhole assembly. These gardens require no fertilizer, 80 percent less water than most traditional backyard gardens, tolerate higher temperatures, and are typically constructed at waist level. This makes them easier to tend. Keyhole gardening is an agricultural technique that was pioneered in Africa and was recently revitalized in portions of the continent by humanitarian groups. These types of gardens are perfect for developing communities, as they are inexpensive and easy to assemble, often being built by children for their schools and families.
Great for Any Gardener
Keyhole gardens are perfect for those who are moving to Albuquerque and are just getting their gardens started. The garden’s small size also makes them great for green-thumbs who happen to be downsizing to a smaller property.
The gardens get their primary nutrients from compost and water being added to an open-ended tube in the middle of the garden. This opening is what makes the keyhole garden such an effective and efficient agricultural technique, according to Eddie DeJong, co-founder and head of Vita Gardens, a company that makes and sells keyhole garden kits.
“This trains the vegetables to grow deep roots down to where the moisture and the nutrients are,” says DeJong in the article. “Furthermore, if the garden is layered as intended, local yard waste like grass clippings, palm fronds and other materials are converted into rich soil, making the entire bed a composting nutrient factory.”
If keyhole gardening seems like an interesting concept that you would like to try, the Vita Gardens website offers keyhole gardening kits as well as other tips and products for effective gardening. You can also visit the site to read about their agricultural work in Rwanda. Here at Transcendent Moving & Storage, we truly admire all people trying to make a difference in the world through agriculture and other positive efforts. Thanks to Vita Gardens for their efforts.