Keyhole gardens lock out starvation in Lesotho

From Celesias: Keyhole Gardens Lock Out Starvation in Lesotho.

Sometimes, the best solutions are low-tech. For example, in the tiny African country of Lesotho, a simple organic gardening technique called "keyhole gardening" is allowing people to produce enough vegetables to nourish their families without having to invest in costly technology, fuel, fertilizer or pesticides. As the BBC reported on June 3, a number of NGO’s have been teaching people how to use this technique in Lesotho, with incredibly promising results. A keyhole garden is a raised bed shaped like a keyhole and walled in by stone. In the center, a basket made from sticks and straw holds manure and later, vegetable scraps for compost. The garden is watered primarily through the basket in the center, which distributes the nutrients from the compost to the plants.

This gardening system has several advantages: [continue]

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3 thoughts on “Keyhole gardens lock out starvation in Lesotho

  1. Great idea! I have a 5-foot-across circular organic garden, walled by brick rather than stone and it is quite productive. I really like the idea of putting the compost in the middle and then watering it via the central area so water and nutrients can reach the plants simultaneously. The raised beds are the only way to go, trust me.

  2. Have you seen Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening scheme? I read his book years ago and used his system in my veggie garden. It’s an excellent method, so I was planning to do that again here.

    But this keyhole garden idea – it’s brilliant! I think I’ll try it.

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