Regardless of the size of your yard, you can enjoy a landscape. One of the ways in which small gardeners can do this is with a keyhole garden.
A keystone garden is a raised bed, drought-tolerant, sustainable garden. The plant material choices are whatever you want. In it, you can plant annuals or perennials, veggies or a mix of any or all of them.
This garden gets its name from its shape. It is circular with a notch that gives you access to the plants.
A wire mesh tube about a foot in diameter and four feet high sprouts out of the center of the circle. This is where you place table scraps and other compostable material, as well as water. The rest of the circle is also filled with compostable material and a top layer of potting soil.
Raised beds have several advantages, whether you build a keyhole garden or any other shape. From a design standpoint, they define the garden area. From a practical perspective, it is easier for mobility-challenged people to work in the garden. Also, grass or surrounding plant material doesn’t invade your planting bed. From an ecological point of view, raised beds can be designed to use less water, fewer chemicals and be sustainable. The keyhole garden is one example of a sustainable raised bed garden.
The keyhole garden is not an end all. I am introducing it to you as a way to get your creative juices flowing on raised bed sustainable gardens for your yard. You don’t have to be a designer to make this happen. All you need to do is share your thoughts with one of our creative landscape designers and have a completely turnkey garden this spring. If you want to invest some sweat equity by doing some of the work, we will be happy to work with you.