KEYHOLE BEDS
To create a KeyHole bed, start with a 8-10 feet diameter circle bed,
pierced on one side by a path to the center.
Using a creative pattern in the garden will create more edges and often
can increase diversity and productivity.
One of the basic ideas is that it provides easy access with minimum path-
to-bed ratio – a “least path” design. The horseshoe-shaped beds are
sized so you can easily reach the entire area standing in the keyhole. The
beds can be situated near the house for quick access, or along your main
pathway.
Plant with basil/chives in the first row; then a row of tomatoes
interplanted with marigold (tagetes) which reduce nematodes; followed
by an outside planting of Jerusalem artichokes or sunflowers to act as a
wind-shelter and reflect the sun, creating a good micro-climate for
tomatoes.