Keyhole gardening resources

I am loving my keyhole garden (KG)!
Back in April.  Note the bird deterrent hanging there.  Don't laugh too hard - it works!

Back in April. Note the bird deterrent hanging there. Don’t laugh too hard – it works!

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing; I had a big slug problem but now I have food-grade diatomaceous earth & that has helped. The extremely unusual weather patterns have meant that I’ve not had good luck in direct seeding my KG but I will overcome that.
I know now that in building my KG my layers were too thick since the top of the garden had dropped about eighteen inches already, but I have plans to build two more which I’m collecting cardboard for.  One of the new ones will be my permanent asparagus bed!  I promise to take some more photos very soon. I also hope we can build one at the Baha’i Center here.
My parents were here for a few days and are now interested in building their own KG. Yay! I pray that the “KG infection” spreads! I sent them an email with a bunch of links & I hope others will find it useful too. My dream is to see these popping up in backyards (or any yards!) all over the place.
My parents will need to do something like this to keep the critters out!

My parents will need to do something like this to keep the critters out!

Here are some good links for websites:

This was the first website I ever saw about keyhole gardens: http://www.valhalla-project.com/2012/01/from-africa-to-valhalla-keyhole-garden.html
(Watch the videos too)
An article about them & Dr. Tolman: http://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/nature-outdoors/keyhole-gardening
Dr. Deb Tolman’s DVD on how to: http://www.debtolman.com/dvd.htm
An overview of keyholes at Dave’s Garden: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3726/
These guys sell kits which look really good!: http://keyholefarm.com/
About halfway down this page, there’s a very good photo of an intensively planted keyhole garden: http://keyholefarm.com/update-021112-skirting-the-update/
(However, this guy has NOT sloped the planting area, nor filled the garden to the top, but I’m being picky….)
http://www.zombieapocalypsesurvivalists.com/2013/02/keyhole-garden.html

Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/keyholegardens?fref=ts – this is really good to look at to see the materials lots of other people have used, and many times Dr. Tolman will answer questions directly.
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And some good links for videos:
Dr. Deb talking about her gardens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hobrYWufEN0
Very sweet animated video about KG’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUUJDG4zv5c
Keyhole Farm (the kit people) made this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVTQxstJ1Ck
This page has several lovely videos of keyholes in arid, rocky southern Africa: http://www.sendacow.org.uk/keyhole-gardens
Lots of resources here too: http://www.sendacow.org.uk/lessonsfromafrica/resources/keyhole-gardens
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/feeding-the-world-with-rocks-raised-bed-keyhole-gardens-in-africa-video.html
This could be my favorite of all the videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grritAZ7CHI
(It’s unusual in that men are shown helping….and you can ignore the recommendations against tomatoes & corn!)
More Dr. Deb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oejd1aiarOs&list=PL775DE7ACF3C961EF

I encourage y’all to watch all of these ‘cos it will give you a good idea of how to make your garden. Go to Google images & search for “keyhole gardens” & it will show how people have used all different kinds of things for the walls.  I find it inspiring!

Even though hers aren't raised up the way mine will be, I like her layout!

Even though hers aren’t raised up the way mine will be, I like her layout and her enthusiasm!!

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