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Planning a forest garden, part 5

Keyhole bedsThe actual implementation of my plan will be a subject for another time.  For now, I wanted to give you a bit more information on two elements of my forest garden plan which I haven't explained yet.

The paths in my diagram look convoluted, but there is method to my madness.  I opted for a natural flow pattern based on nodes when laying out the main paths.  Since the garden won't require as much routine maintenance as my vegetable garden, I've decided to use keyhole beds off the sides of the main paths.  Keyhole beds provide the maximum surface area to path ratio, mimicking the blood vessels in our lungs.  Next, read about chicken moats....



This post is part of our Planning The Forest Garden lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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