How To Build Beautiful Self-Sufficient Gardens For Any Climate: Keyhole Gardens | Amazing Earth

How To Build Beautiful Self-Sufficient Gardens For Any Climate: Keyhole Gardens | Amazing Earth

First made popular in Africa, keyhole gardens are catching on in Texas and other hot, dry places. Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. Although most helpful in hot and dry locations a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate.

Keyhole garden beds are commonly seen in permaculture gardens. These beautiful, productive gardens are ideal for small spaces and can accommodate a variety of plants like vegetables, herbs, flowers, etc. In addition, permaculture keyhole gardening can be easily adapted to fit the individual needs of the gardener.

In a permaculture keyhole garden, plants that are used on a regular basis (and those that require the most upkeep) are placed nearest the home quick and easy access. By using creative patterns and designs, gardeners can increase productivity, especially with the use of keyhole garden beds.

These beds can be designed in a number of ways, depending on the gardener’s needs and preferences. Typically, however, keyhole gardens are horseshoe shaped or circular (like a keyhole) so they can be easily reached from all sides. As for how to make a keyhole garden, there are various methods for its construction.

One of the best and most common methods for keyhole gardening construction is the use of raised beds. Raised beds are most preferred, as they reduce the need for bending or stooping while performing garden maintenance. They’re well suited for nearly any plant, especially perennials, which have deeper root systems and require less water. The floor of the keyhole garden is made up of compost that includes a layer of kitchen scraps, followed by a layer of sticks, twigs, and dry leaves, followed by soil and repeated.

Keyhole gardening is perfect for anyone who wants to grow productive, organic plants in any climate, in any space with little effort. It’s ideal for those sustainable enthusiasts that want to have greener lives.

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For more information on permaculture keyhole gardens visit:
Keyhole Garden Beds – http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/keyhole-garden-beds.htm
Inspiration Green – http://www.inspirationgreen.com/keyhole-gardens.html
How to make Keyhole Gardens – http://www.sendacow.org.uk/lessonsfromafrica/resources/keyhole-gardens

Andreas Vollenweider – Behind the Gardens – Behind the Wall

Tracks on the original 1981 vinyl (pre-CD era) release:
1. Behind the Gardens-Behind the Wall-Under the Tree
2. Pyramid-In the Wood-In the Bright Light
3. Micro-Macro
4. Skin and Skin
5. Moonlight, Wrapped Around Us
6. Lion and Sheep
7. Sunday
8. Afternoon
9. Hands and Clouds

Behind the Gardens is a studio album by New Age artist Andreas Vollenweider, released in 1981. It is almost entirely instrumental, and centers around Vollenweider on harp.
While not literally Vollenweider’s first album, Behind the Gardens is widely regarded as such because it was his breakthrough album, gaining him wide recognition. The earlier and more obscure Eine Art Suite in XIII Teilen (An Art Suite in 13 Parts), 1979, remains available chiefly online, while Behind the Gardens can still be readily found in music stores worldwide.
The contemplative and moving second track, “Pyramid,” is a favorite of fans and has become a concert staple, always garnering applause when the first harp notes are played.
While the album originally stood on its own, in 1990 it and the two following albums (Caverna Magica and White Winds) were re-released as a two-CD set entitled “Trilogy,” suggesting they collectively constituted a single musical entity.
The full titles of the first two albums lend creedance to the suggestion that the three albums are thematically connected. The full title of the first album is “Behind the Gardens-Behind the Wall-Under the Tree…” The ellipsis at the end suggests a continuation. The full title of the next album is “Caverna Magica (…Under the Tree – In the Cave…)” The first ellipsis, followed by the repetition of “Under the Tree” from the first album title, clearly indicates a continuation. The second ellipsis suggests another continuation, which would turn out to be “White Winds (Seeker’s Journey).” The last track on the White Winds album is entiled “Trilogy (At The White Magic Gardens) & The White Winds”.
The title of the first album “is like giving someone directions: “You will find us behind The Garden, behind The Wall, under The Tree…”, Vollenweider is quoted as saying on his official web site, http://www.vollenweider.com.
The title of the second album apparently indicates a continuation of those directions: Under the tree you’ll find a magic cavern. This magic cavern could be a metaphor for the recording site. This is borne out by the rest of the Vollenweider quote: “Recording this album we worked completely cut off from the world, in the cellars of the Sinus Studios in Bern (capital of Vollenweider’s native Switzerland), which are more than 300 years old. In the shelter of this creative “womb”, it was easy to lose track of time and space.”
Sinus “was a small, underground studio,” stated an article in the April 2003 edition of Mojo magazine, quoted at http://www.higgs1.demon.co.uk/barritt…. “It was entered by wooden shutters in the pavement above, which gave the impression of entering a crypt.
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Top 5 Most Beautiful Blue Flowering Perennials | NatureHills.com

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Blue Flowering Perennials

5) Blue Plumbago Plant is a wonderful groundcover. Not to be confused with the tropical plumbago, the blue plumbago grows only 6- 10 inches high, and is covered in gorgeous blue blooms all summer and into fall. During the fall, The blue flowers keep coming while the leaves turn a blazing orange-red. Zones 5-9, and thrives in full sun.
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4) Liriope Big Blue, is an arching, grass-like perennial that produces spikes of thick, lavender flowers throughout summer. The flowers transition to black berries that thrive into winter for additional decorative appeal. The Big Blue is a strong little plant, which suffices as a groundcover or for use in difficult areas where a vibrant splash of color is needed. Zones 5-11, and thrives in full shade to partial sun.
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3) The Blue Waterfall Bellflower, is an ornamental perennial with bold flowers. Plant several as an edging along a perennial bed, garden, or walkway. They can also thrive as patio plants for any yard. The Blue Waterfall Bellflower provides a “waterfall” of blooms from late spring and well into summer. Zones 5-8, and thrives in full sun to partial shade.
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2) Blue False Indigo, is a standout perennial, brought natively from fields all over, which now can be seen in almost any neighborhood and front yard across the country. Blue False Indigo is a bushy perennial with vibrant blue-green foliage. These flowers have blue spikes, which is whar seperates them from others. Zones 3-9, and thrives in full sun to partial shade.
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1) Amsonia Blue Ice provides three wonderful seasons of color and texture in your garden. They thrive in average soil in full sun to part shade. They do not require stalking to stand up nice and tall. The only pruning necessary is to cut the seed heads off in the fall, unless you want more seedlings – this native loves to reseed. Zones 4-9, and grows to be 12-16 inches tall.
http://www.naturehills.com/amsonia-blue-ice