Tonight I am interrupting my regular flow of dancing in my living room with my overzealous son, nursing and snuggling on my hammock, making friends with bugs and plants, giving and receiving massages from my lover, and, uh, sleeping to tell you about something awesome! (Now you understand why I may not post as much as is requested of me ) This is worth the interruption though because tonight I am going to show you some pictures of my herb spiral. See, here they are…
Was that the most amazing experience you had in your entire life?! I thought so It is only because herb spirals are so COSMIC! Not only are they beautiful, they are convenient and efficient too. If you have a small garden space to work with they can fit all your herbs into one compact place. It is a great technique for those who appreciate organization. The shape of an herb spiral creates several different micro-climates so all your precious herbs get exactly what they require. I am sure my eloquent and convincing words along with these life changing photos have inspired you to create your very own herb spiral. So, to help you out I made a step by step guide on how to do it! I know, I know. You are welcome. I do what I can
1. Purchase or plant in soil blocks the herbs you choose to have in your spiral. In our herb spiral we have, from top to bottom, rosemary, oregano, thyme, borage, sage, lemon verbena, yarrow, mexican terragon, anise hyssop, chives, basil, calendula, and stevia. You could also add echinacea, chamomile, st. johns wort, caraway, parsley, cilantro, dill, or any other herb your brilliant brain can come up with.
2. Plan each herb’s location in your spiral according to their needs. The east side of the spiral will have morning sun and afternoon shade. The west side will have morning shade and afternoon sun. The top will be dry. The bottom moist.
3. Place a huge piece of cardboard down on the area you choose to create your herb spiral.
4. With a pencil draw the outline of your spiral on the cardboard. Make it no more than five feet wide to ensure you can gather herbs from the center.
5. Place bricks or rocks along your outline. Remember to slowly increase the height of your brick stacking until the center reaches about 3 feet high. It is useful to employ help at this point…
6. Fill your herb spiral with compost and mix in soil enhancing ingredients. In our compost we mixed in 4 cups of zeolites, 1 cup green sand, 1 cup rock dust, one gallon of mycogrow and one gallon of seaweed water. Worm castings would be another great addition. Wish I would have thought of that!
7. Wet your soil thoroughly.
Me watering our spiral while wearing my husband’s shorts. You can get away with that sort of thing when you are a true Goddess
8. Plant each herb in its correct spot. When plants are big enough add mulch around them.
9. Water and talk to your plants regularly and watch them grow!
Voila! You now have an amazing herb spiral!