Organic Farm Share Kyogle in Australia.
Or “How to have your cake and eat it too ” …in the organic vegetable department. How to have your “OWN” locally-grown organic food brought to your door.
Recently we had a local Sustainable Living Show. One of the most inspiring and easily achievable garden additions was the Keyhole Garden.
It is a garden circular in shape, with a hollow central column. This is traditionally made of a loose-weave basket into which foodscraps, manure and greywater are tipped.
Around the outer slope, vegetables are planted and mulched to prevent water loss.
Due to the shortage of water, only greywater is used to water the garden by tipping it into the central compost column. Instead of watering on the surface and having a lot of water lost through evaporation, the water will drain through the soil, below the topsoil, thus watering from underneath.
As the water is percolating through the soil it is taking nutrients from the compost column with it and so as well as watering it is enriching the soil directly adjacent to the roots of plants. Insects and earthworms love this system and happily play their roles.
Plant around the circle according to the hemisphere in which you live. That is, in the Southern Hemisphere…..put sun-loving vegetable plants facing north and shade-loving ones facing south.
Let me know if you make your own DIY Keyhole vege garden.
This will help you out with your own organic vege garden, container gardening and your raised garden beds.
Yes if you look at the earlier posts on this site you will see a small pumpkin vine developing” outside the square” (or in this case rectangle) of the new raised garden bed in my organic vege garden. Resisting the temptation to keep things really neat and under control…the vine was left to develop and spread across the lawn. Then came the flowers…and now..
Even the runaway pumpkin vine is forming two small pumpkins so far. The tomatoes have started turning red and we have been enjoying a few each day of late. The compost mix is getting “thick, rich and creamy” with layers of goodies from the kitchen as well as efforts from the horses.
Out of the tangle of tomato vine a pepper plant is emerging and has a couple of small peppers forming. The zuchini plant has paused on production so I am hoping that some fertilizer and this good rain will encourage it to come back to work.
I planted a few more baby beet seeds last week as these were very successful and much enjoyed. Now that I have learnt that the young leaves are tasty too, I will be on to them early.
Last week we enjoyed a meal out with friends at their house. Amongst the home grown vege were some yummy carrots. I have been inspired to plant a few ASAP.
it is already attracting easy use as I can trim dead leaves and other debris from my nearby patch and drop it straight in.
I am paying attention to the idea of having layers of “green” waste and “brown”/dry vege material. Also a sprinkling of lime is beneficial, as is a sprinkle of water, a little soil and the vege waste from the kitchen.
All in all a delicious concoction is forming. Last night at the horse paddock I gathered a few droppings and have soaked them overnight in a bucket. Tonight the tomato plants will be watered with the liquid and I will add the manure to the compost pile.
A mixture of pine and douglas fir/oregon I am told. My wonderful man made it for us. It is of a good height so that we can get a spade in to it easily to turn the growing heap. And it is dismantleable when it comes time to dig out and distribute the compost treasure. There happened to be a concrete slab under it…great for clearing it with the spade. I hope it will be “connected” to the earth enough…time will tell.
The tomatoes in the raised garden bed are growing vigorously and setting fruit….all is well.
Watch this space for some tips on making compost.
Most of it from my raised garden bed.
Here is a pic of the bounty…and yes…hasn’t the grass dried off.
Baby beets, dwarf beans, spinach, coriander, parsley, my first courgette, chives and vietnamese mint. It all went together to make a yummy soup.
More baby beets are ready for harvest, and today I cropped another, larger zhuccini. Just as I was returning from taking out the compost this morning..a rather urgent and close-sounding tweet was heard. On the back deck was sitting a beautiful tourquoise budgie!!!
It didn’t take long before he or she was eating grass seed from a stem. I tried to catch it but to no avail…off it flew into the neighbour’s garden. I do hope it returns,….
here are some pics of the developments….
The baby beets are happy and the lettuces are all snuggled up together. Flowers on the tomato plants are encouraging. Zuchini babies are forming at the base of the plant. The silver beet on the far right are going to seed.
So these aren’t veges…but it’s hard to resist sharing the roses. I guess you could use the petals for rose jelly…or just enjoy them in the moment.