This is Mrs. Smith:
Last month, she built this keyhole:
Then she filled it with a bunch of cardboard, yard trimmings and soil, stuck some plants and seeds in the soil, gave it a watering and left town for a week.
When Mrs. Smith returned 7 days later (Mr. Smith watered one time while she was away), her squash seeds looked like this:
True leaves in less than a week with so little water? Amazing!
…And then a big storm system moved into town and it poured rain for 3 days.
Mrs. Smith expected her keyhole garden to look like a swimming pool after the deluge. Instead, the soil just sunk a couple inches:
(An old pillowcase and some denim scraps peek out of their crevices. Crevices they were used to plug up.)
Other than some sinking, the keyhole drained like a champ. A couple days later, the soil was found to be pleasantly damp around the plant roots:
And what about that center feeding basket that Mrs. Smith throws all her produce scraps in?
All those peelings and rinds must take forever to decompose…
The hungry feeding basket leveled over a quart of bulky pineapple rinds in just 24 hours!
Mrs. Smith is so pleased with the progress of her keyhole that she has no qualms about taking the lazy route with other projects.
Behold, the cardboard path to the keyhole:
(Because Mrs. Smith was tired of stepping over weeds on her way to feed the garden.)
Cardboard also found its way into the tomato patch:
(Because Mrs. Smith did not feel like spending another summer pulling weeds.)
[NOT] THE END
For more info on this type of low-water, high-yield gardening, feel free to browse through my other posts!