Is this raised bed method the "key" to gardening success?
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Experts love keyhole gardens — and you will, too
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I'm always looking for ways to make gardening more streamlined, so when I stumbled across the concept of a keyhole garden, my interest was officially piqued. These garden beds look like raised beds — and it's no secret we love a raised bed — but they have an ingenious added feature that makes them even more efficient and easy to care for.

Naturally, I needed to know more about keyhole gardening and whether it's as game-changing as it seems, so I reached out to a few master gardeners to pick their brains. Here's what I learned.


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What is a keyhole garden, exactly?

At first glance, keyhole gardens might look like your average raised bed, but there are some key (sorry, I couldn't resist!) differences — starting with the shape. Keyhole gardens are often circular, and they have a cut-out that leads to the center of the garden — if you looked at it from above, it resembles a keyhole, hence the name.


This path allows you to access all areas of the bed, but it serves another purpose as well: "Unlike regular raised beds, keyhole gardens use the center of the garden bed as the compost area where plant debris from yard waste and vegetable scraps are decomposed right in the garden," explains Angelo Randaci, Master Gardener and Horticulture Expert at Earth's Ally. "This provides a central composting and watering area."

Just like raised beds, keyhole gardens can be built from a variety of materials. "A keyhole garden can be constructed from many different types of inexpensive materials such as bricks, concrete blocks, rocks, and other inexpensive stackable materials," says Randaci. If you opt to build one using wood, he recommends avoiding treated lumber and adding a…
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