herb spiralThere are umpteen advantages of an herb spiral.It can be built at little or no cost from readily available materials, it’s a good way in a limited amount of space to grow a variety of herbs that need different growing conditions.

Creating and growing herbs in an herb spiral is really easy with planting. Tending, and harvesting. An herb spiral is sure an attractive idea in itself.

Considering the high cost of culinary herbs, an herb spiral can pay for itself in its first season, and imagine having an abundance of delicious and aromatic herbs right in your yard!

With an herb spiral or a typical herb garden you also create a variety of microclimates. Some plants, such as many of the Mediterranean herbs, need dry, sandy soil conditions, while others require a moist, bottomland type of soil.

The herb spiral accommodates these needs, as it is designed to have different soil conditions at different parts of the spiral. The top is a warm, dry area that gets plenty of sun. The bottom is cool, shady and moist. The middle is, well, in between the two. Herbs that need drier soil drain easily, and plants that desire moister conditions receive water that flows from above.

Construction of an herb spiral is quite easy and simple. First, you need to mark the shape of the spiral on the ground with small stones. Then start with stacking rocks and cinder blocks to make a sturdy wall that supported the infill dirt. You may also use fieldstones and apply all possible and innovative ideas to make your hern spiral more attractive. As your herb spiral wall starts taking shape you must start filling in gradually with the dirt and soil mixture.

Dividing the herb spiral in to different zones would be a great concept in designing. The lowest part could be topsoil enriched with compost. This is good for parsley, chives and other herbs that like the richer soil. The middle zone consists of two parts soil and one part sand. This is good for coriander and hyssop. The topmost layer has pea gravel and even more sand added to the soil. This is the driest, sunniest part of the garden, and it’s ideal for Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, thyme, lavender and rosemary.

With such a basic plan set up you can you can go ahead with planting with whatever suits your needs.

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