Four inches of rain yesterday gave us some nice soft dirt and wet cardboard boxes to line the keyholes with. We alternated layers of cardboard, newspaper, green branches, hay, coffee, manure, and compost on top--Used about 60 boxes per keyhole. We'd get up on top and stomp around to tamp the materials down every few layers. We even added some junk mail (bills), old towels, shirts, and underwear, a Victoria Secret catalog, and toilet paper tubes into the mix. We took a break and ate cold popsicles, homemade goodies, cold water, and munched a few spinach leaves from Keyhole #1 we planted in July. A lot of sweat, team work, and victory as Team Bill finished first, and then helped Team Kelly finish her garden. We planted seedlings of lettuce, cilantro, parsley, calendula flowers, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Next week we'll be at the farmer's market from 9:00 to 12:00 answering questions and giving mini-seminars on fall planting, keyhole gardens, composting, and ornithology. Everyone is invited to attend!
Ahwatukee Community Garden Beauty
I started coming to the Sunday gardening group in the fall of 2013. I've learned a lot and have forged new friendships with other earth lovers. Master Gardeners Linda and Bob have so much knowledge they freely give the rest of us! Bill and I became Master Gardeners as well in 2014 ~ Kelly Athena