Making A Keyhole Garden In Africa

Keyhole Gardens are a type of garden bed that allows food to be grown into the dry season (in African countries) and in dry climates. The plants/beds are fed/watered through a central basket which contains compost, manure, woodash, kitchen scaps etc and grey water. They survive floods as they are raised off the ground and work good in very hot weather as they retain moisture well.

If you like you can donate a “Keyhole Garden” which will basically help train more people in how to make them over in Africa: http://www.sendacowgifts.org.uk/build-a-keyhole-garden

Building A Planter From A Pallet

“You’ve seen pallet projects before but this one is simple, relatively quick, and results in a planter that you can use to grow strawberries, veggies, screening shrubs, or greenery of your choice. The resulting planter is not only functional but looks great too – no one would ever know that it was a simple pallet in its former life! The project requires one pallet, a few hand tools, and a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon. Once you’ve made one, you’ll be able to knock them out quickly so you could end up with an entire container garden using these upcycled planters.”

I think I’m going to use this on my weed ridden allotment to plant strawberries and maybe some raspberries.s

For the impatient, skip to 3 minutes in for instructions. Only one pointer really and that is to say that I’d personally buy some long screws to screw the legs into place.

Thanks for goes to Tanya over @ http://www.lovelygreens.com

Building A Hugelkultur

Video showing the benefits of a Hugelkultur (raised bed system), things like using little to no water/irrigation. It also shows how to build and maintain the bed. Interesting clip, I might employ something like this on my allotment instead of your standard raised beds.

Perennial Edibles Bed

Perennial Edibles Bed

Showing a Perennial Edibles Bed with things from Artichoke, Sweet Potato, Horseradish and Asparagus! An example of what can be grown. Great book by the way.
Photo Credit: Christopher Shein in Vegetable Gardeners Guide to Permaculture

Annual Edibles Bed

Annual Edibles Bed

Showing an Annual Edibles Bed with things from Mushrooms in the log borders to tall plants like Tomatoes, multilayered if you will.
Photo Credit: Christopher Shein in Vegetable Gardeners Guide to Permaculture