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Feb 24, 2012 10:23 AM CST
Name: Chris Powell
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This was mentioned on The Survival Podcast today and I think it's worth mentioning, especially in the context of small scale or urban permaculture design.

Here's a PDF covering the basic design elements of the keyhole bed


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Feb 24, 2012 11:02 AM CST
Name: Chris Powell
Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b)
Living a better life; if times get
Permaculture Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Herbs Organic Gardener Dog Lover
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More on keyhole bed design, this one from Florida : http://www.urbanoasisproject.o...
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Feb 24, 2012 11:31 AM CST
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I really like the keyhole garden concept. The only reason why I haven't made one yet is because they are fairly small, so I went with the mandala shape instead.

Maybe this year I'll make a keyhole bed somewhere so I can get better acquainted with the idea.
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Feb 29, 2012 2:58 PM CST

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I never thought of using metal cans as layering in a garden bed. I don't eat anything out of cans, but my dogs do-- so I have a lot of them that I put in the trash to be hauled away by the city.

Has anyone done this. Do the cans disintegrate?
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Apr 29, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Name: Kristi
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I wondered that myself. The old type of cans would deteriorate and I would think they would add iron to the soil. The newer type (aluminum?) that is common in pet food cans would be doubtful.

I've been reading a lot about the keyhole gardens and am intrigued. Lots of good info and links out there.
If we have continuing drought, I will wish I had established a few.
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May 11, 2012 7:06 AM CST

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Garden tour: keyhole and other permaculture features.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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May 11, 2012 7:21 AM CST
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I like that herb spiral.

If you know the author of this video, please ask him to rotate it to landscape mode so we can see more than 2 inches of the video.

The plant he's calling an eggplant is actually a Datura. Smiling
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May 11, 2012 11:45 AM CST

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Its a YouTube video from Appalachian organics. If that eggplant is datura, I hope that little farmer there doesn't eat it! I remember graduate students who spent many an evening smoking it, but I would hate to see that little guy wind up that way! I notice Milkmood has already been there suggesting conversion to landscape mode.
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May 11, 2012 11:59 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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He's going to wonder why his eggplant has huge white blooms that leave behind spiny fruits! Hopefully he won't try to eat the fruits or he'll have a similar experience to the graduate students you remember. Smiling
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May 11, 2012 3:21 PM CST

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I never saw so many super-smart guys enjoy getting stupid.
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