Key-hole Home Gardening

Why to choose this solution?
Aimed at improving food security, health and livelihoods among the communities.
Savings per day or production:
It requires locally available resources to establish. Reduces household expenditures on vegetables i.e for a normal family 2000 Uganda shillings ($ 1) can be saved per day. Three key hole gardens can supply a large family with a variety of crops during a year.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
Requires little land and investment to set up. Family/Home labour and it takes like approximately 3- 5 hours to establish.
3-5 years
Maintenance needed:
It is easy to maintain. It only requires regular weeding, fertilizer application and replacing of the compost baskets, planting seeds and harvesting which is not extremely time consuming or difficult.
Resources needed in use:
Time, knowledge/competencies, materials (seedlings, garden tools such as hoes, knives)
Problems and limits:
Construction can be somewhat effort intensive but not cost intensive.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
JEEP trains communities in how to establish such gardens. The garden can be established in kitchen space, compound/courtyard.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Hands-on skills, vocational skills, home-mentored skills.
How to use it:
To be added
How to maintain it:
Not necessary
Climate effect (if any):
When using compost in the garden, it helps to increase carbon in soil, which reduce emissions on a small scale.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
In Uganda, over 10,000 people have established such gardens in central, northern, western, southern and eastern parts of the country. JEEP has trained around 150 people in South Sudan in establishment and maintenance of the key hole gardens.
Why is it successful?
It is made through the use of locally available materials, it requires less knowledge and skills, small piece of land needed and it is easy to make. Usually built near houses, keyhole gardens enable anyone to farm easily, which is especially suitable for elderly and physically challenged farmers. There is no need for tillage and less need for water. All forces are oriented towards achieving food security in a sustainable manner.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Materials: Stakes, black soil, banana fibres, kitchen waste, garden waste, manure (compost, farm yard manure, poultry litter), bricks/plastic bottles, dry mater, water, seedlings, basin, hoe, spade, etc. Problems: Knowledge and skills, materials in some communities may not be available. Procedures: Establishment needs a trained or skilled person.
How to make it (if possible):
To be added
How is it delivered and by whom?
Successful financial model
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Government programs, private sector programs, use of trainers of trainer (ToT) approach / vulnerable groups of people in the food production process and awareness creation on the need for a sustainable food production approach.
More info:
Beneficial to the home in waste management especial kitchen waste.
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