We’re thrilled to introduce this growing technique to home gardeners! Our U-shaped, elevated Keyhole Garden has an integrated composter that transforms kitchen scraps into rich fertilizer and delivers it to plants. Pioneered in Africa, self-sustaining keyhole gardens are a traditional way to grow food in regions with poor soil and limited rainfall because they require less water and fertilizer to produce a big harvest.
Keyhole gardens are traditionally filled half-way with alternating layers of "brown" and "green” materials, similar to building a compost pile. As these materials decompose, they build rich, fertile soil, and they act as a sponge to hold moisture so it's available to plants during dry times. You can fill the rest of the bed with a mixture of Potting Mix, topsoil and compost. You're ready to plant! (If you prefer, you can fill the entire bed with a blend of Potting Mix, topsoil and compost.)
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By garden angel
from Lancaster, PA
Comments about : Cedar Keyhole Garden:
My family put it together for me in 2 1/2 hrs. Instructions were great and easy to follow. We had snow today hoping Spring arrives soon. I saved some of the potting soil from the old bed we tore down and we made the compost tube smaller. I use compost and big bags of potting soil from a greenhouse, the vermiculite keeps the soil from getting too heavy.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great, Unless You Try To Fill It With Soil
from Deatsville, Alabama
I ordered two of these. They arrived quickly and in good condition. Nice quality materials, and assembly was easy -- about 2-3 hours on each one (doing it alone). The problem arises when you try to add soil. I saw the information about using the cardboard and branches and such in the bottom, but I thought that over time all of that stuff would decompose and I'd have to be adding more soil regularly to bring the level back up. In order to avoid that, I ordered 5 yards of quality top soil and filled both planters. After assembly and placement and before the soil was added, it was clear that the sides would not hold the weight of the top soil. So I installed 5/8 inch rebars attached with metal straps and screws on the insides of the back and sides. I drove the rebar down two feet into the ground and each bar stopped about 6 inches from the top -- 6 rebar for each planter. What I didn't plan for was the entire front part of the planter. After a good rain, the weight of the wet soil pushed the front of the planters out about 1-2 inches. Now I need to go back and dig the soil out, knock the planter back in shape and secure the front with rebar. On top of that, the bars that I put in on the sides and back are not enough to keep the sides from splaying out at the top under the weigh of the soil. The bottom line is these would probably work just fine with about a foot of soil on the top of a bunch of compost. However, it you have a mind to ever fill these up with soil, you are going to have problems.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Jacksonville, NC
Ordering process exceptionally easy. Delivery quick. Quality good.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
is is perfect for me, just what I need!
By Garden Keeper
from Krum, Texas
I am in my 80's, but still love gardening with a passion. I can reach in and garden without bending, and still enjoy being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. I always save my kitchen waste and use it for compost, and this is so handy right outside the kitchen door. It always makes me feel better to be able to go out and "play in the dirt"!
Easy to Assemble
from Kingsville, MD
I am not very handy, but this was pretty easy to assemble. My teenage son helped when pieces had to be held. Otherwise, it could be a one person job. I would recommend ensuring you have the materials to fill the garden if you want to use it immediately. I should have had more green materials to fill, but was able to find free mulch and compost at our local landfill. I am considering planting a few winter crops to see how it grows. So far, the family is happy with the garden.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Exactly what I needed
from Ridgecrest, CA
Perfect height to allow my 87-year-old Dad continue to grow the vegetables he loves to grow. Easy to assemble and looks good.
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By Sister K I'm a nun
from Buffalo New York
we work with wheelchair people so this is ideal
(22 of 30 customers found this review helpful)
Better wider for wheelchairs
from Elizabethtown, NY
Keyhole raised beds are also great as accessible garden spaces for those using wheelchairs. However, the width of the keyhole in the current model is only 24" wide. Any possibility of looking at making one where the keyhole portion is at least 36" wide? Other design changes would be needed for such a keyhole garden to be truly wheelchair accessible, but thought I'd mention the possibilities. The current model looks very interesting and useful for older gardeners, as well as those with limited space.
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