Give a garden as a gift

Xmas excess is upon us but in some parts of the world Xmas is just another day to find food to eat and feed the children.

A Keyhole Garden allows a family to grow enough food for three meals a day – even in the face of an extreme climate and poor soil.

Keyhole Gardens recycle as they grow. The design – which looks like a keyhole from above – incorporates a central ‘basket’ where compostable waste is placed and used water from the kitchen is poured. They add nutritious vegetables to diets and are especially useful in areas where good soil is scarce. They get fantastic results: families start to grow enough to eat, to give to their neighbours and to sell at market.

Keyhole Gardens help to extend the growing season, even in dry periods, so that food can be grown by families nearly all year round.

Send a Cow is a UK based charity that can organise for you to give a keyhole gardento families in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Lesotho.

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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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