Hi there! Have you wondered where I’ve been? Since I returned to work I stay completely too busy. Too busy to write. Too busy to take pictures. Too busy to garden. Too busy for much of anything. Just enough time off to get the necessities completed.
But with this long weekend I took an extra day off. And during this extended time off work I was determined to work outside. If only for a little while each day. It is truly something I love to do so it doesn’t seem like work. I know some people abhor doing chores of that nature, but I do not. Yard work and gardening are very relaxing to me, not to mention rewarding. I know there are a few of you out there who agree.
Every year about this time I take on a new project. And it’s usually something I have mulled over and maybe studied throughout the winter.
I wanted to share with you this year’s spring project that I recently ran across on Pinterest. I know awhile back I warned against Pinterest and the whole copywright issue. I deleted my boards and swore off pinning another thing. But since then I have re-thought the whole Pinterest thing and have been happily pinning away. If you wonder what my interests are drop in on my boards and have a look around. There are so many good ideas out there!
So anyway, back to this sping’s project…..
Have you heard of a “Keyhole Garden”? I followed the links from Pinterest to this site. I was very intrigued after watching the videos. I mean, it makes perfect sense to me.
Oregano and chive garden beside keyhole garden.
You see my issue is that I have a compost pile that has long been neglected simply because I don’t have time to turn it and water it and move it. So I eventually stopped putting kitchen scraps there. It made me sad each time I dumped peelings or scraps in the trash because I know how beneficial they could be to my garden. Keyhole gardening takes all the work out of composting and still leaves the benefits of the “black gold”.
This year I started with a small keyhole garden. It will eventually be an herb keyhole garden but because I am “very” late with my planting this year I will be using it for cucumber and maybe a companion plant or two.
At first I had two small herb beds. One of them has oregano and chives, both of which are perennials. So that bed is established. But the second herb bed did not have perennials. This is where I dug up and built the small keyhole garden with the help of The Captain and Boo.
And by the way, after the videos I “forced” them to watch, they also became intrigued.
Keyhole garden wall made from brick.
It is very inexpensive if you have things lying around that you could use, such as the post, the fencing and the brick that I used to build mine with. The only expense that I had was the garden soil. I know, there is dirt all around, but you must remember that I live in flat country and I didn’t just want to dig a hole and leave it for someone to fall into.
My small keyhole garden.
I’ll be sure to post images of it as the season advances and let you know how it is working for me. But I honestly don’t see how it could not be successful. At the end of the season I’ll let you know the pros and cons I may experience.
So tell me…..
Have you heard of the “Keyhole Garden”?
And if so, have you created one?
How did it turn out for you?
Let us know in the comments.
My readers and I would love to know!!
P.S. Just in case you’re wondering my keyhole garden is about 3′ from center all the way around and I used about 100 bricks.