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Drought Gardening: Keyhole Gardening Success - Texas Master Gardeners, Burnet County

  1. 1. Drought Gardening:Keyhole Gardening SuccessLast summer, everyone with a garden struggled with the heat and drought. Although the droughtmay have wrecked havoc on our plants, most of us emerged with a strong resolve to find newways to overcome the challenging Central Texas climate. This spring we’ve had great rains andmoderate temperatures, so we’re all anticipating a better gardening season.We now have the opportunity to hear from a Gardening Guru, Dr. Deb Tolman. Dr. Deb willpresent her program, “Drought Gardening: Keyhole Gardening Success” on Wednesday, June20th at the Marble Falls Helping Center Garden, 1315 Broadway St., Marble Falls, TX 78654.It’s at the corner of Broadway and N Street, one block south of the HEB on 1431. Registrationwill begin at 8 AM, and Dr. Deb’s demonstration of how to construct your own keyhole gardenwill begin at 8:30. After viewing the construction process, we’ll move out of the heat across thestreet to CrossView Baptist Church for Dr. Deb’s presentation. She will share the sustainablepractices she has used for the past 30 years, and answer any questions. Light snacks will beserved. The program will end about noon. The cost is $10 in advance (mail check to HighlandLakes Master Gardeners, 1701 E. Polk St., Suite 12, Burnet, TX 78611) or $15.00 on the day ofthe program at the Garden.Dr. Deb has used her background in landscape design, environmental science, and research ofAfrican survival techniques to create the ultimate raised bed garden. Sort of a “one stop shop”for extraordinary production and nutrition, Dr. Deb’s keyhole garden provides more healthy foodunder more challenging conditions than anything that’s come along in quite a while.Like many successful innovations, Dr. Deb’s concept is surprisingly simple. It starts with a 6-footdiameter circle which defines the outside perimeter of the 3 foot deep gardening structure. Thecenter of the garden includes a 1-foot in diameter mesh basket that’s used for continualcomposting. The key to the ease of using the structure is the notch (shaped like a piece of pie)that allows access to the compost basket. The birds-eye view of the structure resembles akeyhole.Texas Power Co-op magazine recently published a detailed article about Dr. Deb’s keyholegardening concept. You may read it online at http://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/nature-outdoors/keyhole-gardening or visit Dr. Deb’s website athttp://www.debtolman.com .Dr. Deb’s DVD on Keyhole Gardening will be available for sale. The Highland Lakes MasterGardeners are sponsoring this program, and will also have information about the projects theysponsor in this area, including The Helping Center Garden/ Friends of the Garden, the Farmer’sMarket on Wednesdays in Marble Falls, and Saturdays in Burnet, and other projects thatencourage Hill Country gardening.Send in your check to reserve a spot to learn how “Waste Can Equal Food!” Bring your ownchair, and we look forward to seeing you in the garden. For more information, contact Karen atkaren48.kw@gmail.com or 512 -789 -3955.

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