I really love the whole self contained idea and especially the reduce, reuse, recycle part of it. This takes square foot gardening to a whole other level. Im turning my square footers into keyholes ASAP. I love it.
Great write up Bev! Like your page layout and design too. I had never heard of Keyhole Gardens before. I saw a similar creation in a YouTube video for a small scale porch or deck version that used a large potato sack; made a keyhole design in the center and filled the center hole with stones - no compost. Then slits were cut in the sides of the sack and pulled open to fit in plants. The plants got watered from the top with the water traveling down the center.
What a great idea! I've never heard of keyhole garden structures, but I'm going to convince my DH to build one for me this summer, LOL. Those second-hand bricks I've been hoarding will come in handy. I'm also going to share this idea with a few gardening friends.
When DH and I eventually retire and relocate to Kansas, we'd like to have a gray-water system installed if possible. This summer will probably be a hot, dry one, to follow our dry spring. It's time to invest in rain barrels!
I'm glad you liked the keyhole garden concept enough to share! We've had a lot of wet weather this spring and our rain barrels are full. I hope we'll be ready for the hot dry summer that some have forecast for our area. I may soon regret waiting until next year to build our keyhole garden instead of this year!
Thanks for reading and commenting!
Have a great gardening season,
PS: There are one or more DG articles on how to make rain barrels if you're interested in DIY ideas.