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Keyhole Garden Build & Feast

September 20, 2014


A DIY Sustainability Workshop with Deb Tolman
September 20th, 2014 from 2-7pm

Located at the Plant at 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC.
For directions, click here.

The keyhole garden provides a self fertilizing, self watering walled compressed garden that can produce year round. It’s like a 7 foot wide walled pie with a keyhole notch on one side for you to stand and poke in your kitchen scraps and “lasagna” greens and browns to maintain the composting nutrients. The garden will sink over time as the layers of cardboard, leaves, phone books, clothing, leather items, junk mail, donkey manure and grass clippings are digested by tiny critters and microbes to create the finest soil you can imagine.

What you’ll learn is how to make one, get a feel for how it works and how easy it makes gardening, understand composting, and at the end I’ll give you a few tips on how to design the look of it.  You won’t have to weed this, you won’t have to bend over, you will use far less water than a conventional garden, and you will learn how to use it as a self-watering, self-fertilizing garden, and it only gets better with age.

After building the garden, we’ll prepare a gourmet feast and enjoy drinks from Fair Game Beverage Company.


Register online:
Pre-registration is required.  For this workshop, Abundance offers one work/trade position (email us), a student rate, and a regular rate.

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Video by Deb Tolman about keyhole gardens:


About the instructor:

Debbie Tolman holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences/Resources and Geography from Portland State University. With over thirty years experience in academic research and landscape design, she also has extensive training in plant nutrition, economics, and environmental education. She is currently owner of Avant Gardens, a multi-purpose business with the mission of developing sustainable approaches to landscaping, education, and building practices. Based in Clifton, Texas, Debbie balances her time between research, education, writing, and sustainable community outreach. In her spare time, you can find her in her own garden!




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