Keyhole gardens

Keyhole gardens are a brilliant way to grow vegetables with little water. They have really made a difference to the lives of people who have received one. Students from Lampeter university work with the community to construct them for people in Chinamhora village.

They are a great addition to any homestead due to their benefits. One key hole garden will last four years without having to re-dig it. Although compost can be added as required to help the plants blossom.

The circular shape and the deep trench enable them to hold a great deal of water. This mean that they are self-sustainable. Crops in a keyhole garden will last longer with little water than crops on flat land. After a lot of water initially, keyhole gardens only need to be watered once a week.

Please see the process of constructing a keyhole garden below.

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A keyhole that was completed in April 2017

Digging the trenches of a keyhole garden


The first layer: Add twigs to the keyhole garden.



The second layer: Add straw to the keyhole garden.


The third layer: Add leaves to the keyhole garden.

The fourth layer: Add manure to the keyhole garden.

The fifth layer: Add top soil on top of the manure.