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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in On the farm

Cleared gravel & black plastic.
Dug 1 ft down x 3 ft reach.
I know it doesn’t look like much right now, but this keyhole garden is the most efficient permaculture in practice in our entire backyard. It really ties the farm (room) together, a bit like the Dude’s rug in the Big Lebowski. We started the raised beds before there was much livestock litter to go around, so the timing worked out quite well. A few key points -Sunken beds are the best gardening practice in Phoenix with the perpetual drought and clay soils. -Keyhole gardens are the most efficient garden design to increase garden area per square foot with minimal path. -And the cherry on top, or the goat berries in this case, is that this is filled with the ultimate, bombproof sheet mulch; all of which is generated right here on our farm. Yes! Rock dust, thin layer of chicken manure, cardboard, another layer of chicken manure, one foot thickness of livestock litter aka trampled hay, straw and goat berries, topped with leftover compost from the 5 ton delivery back in February. We’ve been watering her down for the last couple of weeks and started some okra, tomato and black eyed pea seeds today. It feels great to compost in place and turn a linear path into a whole system where waste meets function all in the same quarter acre. 
First layer – coop sweep.
Covered with cardboard.

Another layer of coop provisions.

Mucked out the goat pen. 

Filled the pit one load at a time.

Took straw and all to fill the 
rest & topped with compost.