Master Gardener Linda Rominger noticed keyhole gardens at a website online. She ordered a video about how to build and use keyhole gardens. They are 6-foot circles, with a keyhole-shaped indentation on one side that allows gardeners to place composting materials in the center wire basket. Keyhole gardens are higher than most raised garden beds, making it easy on a gardener’s back and accessible for people in wheelchairs. They also conserve water.
In the spring of 2014, Brett Bell decided to build three keyhole gardens for as his Eagle Scout project. He had a car wash with his troop and raised $1,000. Bell and his father, building contractor Jim Bell, found unique black and orange bricks. He assembled his crew and they built the three gardens in one weekend. They also bought and installed chicken wire along the bottom of the garden area’s fence and extending a foot deep to keep bunnies and other critters out. Bell had $172 left over and presented the Ahwatukee Community Garden with a check.
Master Gardener Bob Korhely cut four pieces of rebar and placed them 9 inches away from the stake, marking the middle of each keyhole. Then he wrapped chicken wire around the poles and twisted a wire on each pole to secure it. He also put the irrigation tube in each keyhole.
Garden volunteers gathered in July to fill the first keyhole. The keyhole garden at Ahwatukee Community Garden is located at the northwest corner of Elliot Road and 48th Street.