An herb spiral is created in an area where you want to plant a ton of herb plants, but you don't have a lot of space. The spiral herb garden technique is used to make the most efficient use of what little space is available.
The point of spiral herb garden works on the idea of gravity. Water is poured from the top, which flows down freely. The top portion is a dry zone, and the bottom ones are for the plants that need water to thrive.
You'll want something to place in the bottom to keep the soil from coming out, but it also needs to be able to drain water. You can use a weed mat and gravel, for instance. Avoid using carpet as the chemicals from it may seep into the soil when broken down.
A power drill will be needed to help with this drainage and for creating pilot holes for screws on the wood you'll be using to build out the frame, if you choose to use wood. Otherwise use concrete pavers or bricks.
You will need a bag of compost and fertilizer. Make sure it's organic. You can create it at home by yourself, and don't worry about any maggots in your compost. Homemade compost has live micro-organisms, which aids in growing your herbs.
Find some mulch and know that anything available will work. This is mainly for the bulk of the soil in which you'll mix in the compost and fertilizer. Just watch out for the fertilizer numbers in accordance to the guidance offered below.
Of course you'll need herb seeds as well of whatever variety you intend to grow. I recommend using tons of different types so you can gain experience and have access to more flavors. Plus you'll have more colors in your spiral garden.
The orientation is crucial, because the position of the sun should be in accordance with your plants' needs. If you can't rotate and move your frame around, then plant the seeds according to the position of the sun.
Now let's get started with the actual construction of the spiral. It's not difficult but I do recommend reading through all of the steps first before you start, then go through each step one at a time again while following the directions.
Now tie a string to the stake and stretch out its other end to a length that matches the radius you desire. Attach the loose end of the string to another stick or any means in which you can drag it around in a circle to mark the ground.
Building your herb spiral in your lawn means dealing with weeds. To stop weeds from growing up from the bottom and damaging your plants, you can soak cardboard totally wet so that they don't move from their place when you lay them on top of the marked circle we made in the previous step.
When the cardboard is broken down, it adds up to the organic matter and promotes micro-organisms' growth. It also kills anything trying to live beneath it. This works better than liner you'd put below mulch because you still need water drainage ultimately.
What you use to construct the walls is up to you. I'd recommend some kind of pavers, bricks, or other smaller items that stack well and are short enough to be able to curve around the diameter of the spiral.
Your spiral will taper down from the middle in the form of a slope. At the base of it, you can add a pond of water if you want or any other decorative ideas. Usually, the middle point is the highest at about 3 to 4 feet in height.
How and what you use in your soil composition depends upon the availability of specific stuff in your region and how much you plan on spending.There's no need to spend a bunch of cash. A normal bag of fertilizer will do the trick.
You're now ready to plant your herbs. I also recommend planting flowers around the other areas and even succulents. We've talked about how to propagate succulents, so just a few that you purchase can go far over time.
An herb spiral is an excellent option for small spaces and gardens. The surface area increases for planting to optimize the use of the area. Additional growth is done vertically. Usually, people make their spiral gardens around 3 feet in diameter and then add more height if needed.
Everyone has the average plant containers and plant beds, but not every garden has an amazing spiral. Since the herb spiral is so different than the usual gardening stuff, all the visitors will focus on it.
Herb spiral can be made, survive, and thrive even on the concrete surfaces available. There's no need for excessive digging or anything else.Most of us have patios or decks where we're not sure how to use the space. This is a great addition to bring some color and life to an otherwise dull area.
By building an herb spiral in your garden, you'll save the money you spend on fresh herbs. Whenever you need any herb, you can just go to your garden and collect it from there. It saves time on preparation and runs to the store too.
Not many people have the time and energy to maintain a big garden at their place. However, a spiral is easier to maintain, and by setting irrigation, you will be free from watering your herbs daily. All you have to do is mulch, sow, and harvest.
A good herb spiral depends upon the position of each herb. If you place herbs that consist of intense fragrance, you will get yourself built-in pest control. Most pests and insects do not come closer to plants that have a strong scent.We've talked about this before in posts like 21 Plants that Repel Ticks.
The benefits from building one of these are mutual; a nicely built spiral will benefit your whole garden. If you have flowering herbs, they will attract bees and butterflies, which are essential pollinating agents. In this way, your full garden remains in good shape and maximum produce.
The building of an herb spiral can be done at very low costs. You can use materials lying around in your house and have fun being creative with your spiral.If you want to make it a bit nicer, the small amount of lumber you'll need will be a negligible cost.
If your garden has a pond at its bottom, building a herb spiral close to it will attract all types of wildlife. For example, frogs and lizards are essential living beings around your garden as they are going to eliminate mosquitoes and eat up pests and insects.
You w'll forget about eating bland food with just salt and pepper once you taste your homegrown basil, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Sage is my favorite, so I definitely recommend you growing that in your herb spiral.
Spiral Garden is a residential project dedicated to a family of four, residing on the slope of Awaji Island, Japan. The design studies temperate nature of the Island, as well as the family's distinctive, nature-conscious approach to all aspects of life.
In response to its context, the house employs local timber construction. It has a unique form, consisting of a continuous spiral that rises towards the central space. We think, the structure although is a unique form to succeed with traditional structure. The structure outline draw spiral line and beams which are radially bridged from the center cylinder pillar. This form is special, hence every joints connections are crafted by carpenter manually.
The inner and outer walls finishing is as same as traditional Japanese houses, made by soil from Awaji Island. Under this finishing we also used the woven bamboo lattice. The floor uses a technique called Tataki. It is a hard-packed earthen floor comprising of earth, lime and water that is beaten until solidification and is extremely resistant to high foot traffic.
The roof is a spiral garden where growers raise their spirals while the ecology continues from the ground. Since the shape is spiral, various directions and height can be obtained, so that various plants can be planted according to the sunshine and humidity. In addition, the water that falls down on the roof gradually descends without sweeping down by the planned swirl, and is led to the reservoir while moistening everything. The water in the irrigation pond delivers cold air into the houses in the summer. Using trees and soil, we decided to create a place of living where we can always feel the assets of light, wind, water and greenery.
The project is on a 1,000m.sqsite on Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan. To make use of the site to its maximum extent, the house and its landscape were planned at the same time. The client, a family of four, requested, Instead of a finished house, we want a house which we can complete on our own; a house that grows along with the family. The request prompts the office to re-think the ideal residence for the family. Three years of design process has stripped away the excess while keeping the essentials intact. The office explored a more primitive architectural approach based on family gathering. It resulted in a spiral, continuous plan that are in contact with the exterior at all sides, with rooms such as storage and bedroom on its fringes. Extension for childrens bedroom in the future is also accommodated. Various possibilities between the house and the garden emerged upon inspection of the plan. At the core of the house is an unassigned space, Niha, with diameter of about 2.4m and a height of 7.5m. From the kitchen and dining room where the family would gather, the Niha is hidden from sight. During the day sunlight seeps through the sky light atop the Niha, with a diameter of 600 mm. At night darkness sinks as there are no lights installed. When opened, the sky light also functions as a tunnel to which the wind ascends from the ground. As it is unassigned to a pre-defined function, the center of the house is free to be used for miscellaneous activities, be it meditation or gathering with friends. Its existence is significant in which it caters to the familys life dynamics.
Its unconventional form conceals a nod to Awaji islands local timber-constructed houses, clad in Earth. To support the roof, timber beams follow the spiral and radiate from the central space, exposed in the interior. Every part of the timber construction were hand-carved by carpenters. Its interior wall was finished with Awaji Islands Earth on top of interwoven lattice of Bamboo collected around the site. The outer wall is scraped with a finishing of soil and mortar, while the floor was finished with Sanwa Earth technique. The interior earth finishing are able to store heat and control humidity. The roof is planned as a spiral garden, in which the ground rises towards the sky. The spiral roof offers varying sunlight exposure, height and humidity, hence able to support plants with diverse growth requirements. When it rains, the roof garden is soaked while rainwater flows towards the pond. In the summer, incoming wind will be cooled by the pond before it enters the house. Throughout the garden, trees to be planted have been planned accordingly. It is hoped that by introducing natural phenomenon as inseparable parts of the house, the family would be one with nature; in the form of a house where the earth and trees grow, in which the house and the garden complements each other. When the house is complete, the story of the growing house and garden has only just begun.
Status: Built Location: Hyogo, JP Firm Role: Design + Detail Additional Credits: Structure - Takuo Nagai (University of Shiga Prefecture)Constructor - Amematsu Builders Ltd.Photo credits - Kaori Ichikawa
Transferred to a tiny, aging congregation from her busy church, Ruth Broggan is confronted with time to consider what life is really all about. Letters, phone messages and even sermons, chronicle Ruth's crisis of faith as she sorts through how others have found purpose. She hears from her Buddhist daughter, a priest friend currently on "recall" to Rome to learn to be less flexi...
Transferred to a tiny, aging congregation from her busy church, Ruth Broggan is confronted with time to consider what life is really all about. Letters, phone messages and even sermons, chronicle Ruth's crisis of faith as she sorts through how others have found purpose. She hears from her Buddhist daughter, a priest friend currently on "recall" to Rome to learn to be less flexible, a famous lesbian poet with an unrequited love for Ruth, and even from the rabbi of the synagogue next door. At last, Ruth decides on a radical approach to finding the meaning of life: she locks herself into the manse, refusing to come out until God talks to her.