LIVING LAB WORKSHOP “HOW TO BUILD A KEYHOLE GARDEN”

Our hardy team of intrepid volunteers and our esteemed leader, Kim Doyle Wille, of Growing Empowerment built a “keyhole garden” on Saturday.

The “big idea” of a keyhole garden is to combine the planting and composting parts of a garden into one holding moisture and nutrients in place.  The idea originates in Africa is being adapted by many gardeners in hot, arid climates.  The Pitkin Couty landfill garden certainly qualifies!

Ours is made of materials diverted from the landfill and will use our compost (available for sale.)  Eventually the produce we raise will be donated to LIFT UP.

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In progress!  We cut discarded lumber from a tear down to size and held it together with chicken wire and strapping tape.  The black “dirt” is our compost and the cardboard, diverted from our recycling, is here re-purposed into a weed barrier.

first image of key hole

The finished (nearly) keyhole garden.

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