but .... there has been this "thing" i've been wanting to try .... an herb spiral. and guess what?
I HAVE ONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <g>
oh .... in case you didn't notice .... i'm happy!
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great yard game!
you can build it any size you like, out of any materials that you might have. they just need to be stable. we have heaps of pavers laying around our backyard .... so i chose to do it with those. i have also kept the size on the small side, wanting to easily be able to reach the middle without having to reach too far. you can also build them as high as you want too .... but again ... practicality should play a part (e.g., i would've liked mine a little higher at the middle .... but we were running out of good pavers to use!).
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so i laid it out .... using the first course to get the size and layout correct. take the time to get this right. observe where your sun is so that you utilize the shape based on that. many people (and we will too - eventually), put a bog or a pond at the bottom because of the natural flow and run off. it's a great place for frogs to lay eggs and to grow water chestnuts and water cress. that'll be stage 2 for us. but anyway, once you've got the courses laid out the way you want, then you start building it up. remembering that the center needs to be the highest point. so at different intervals you will need to start tapering your bricks back so that it actually spirals down.
after this you will need to start filling it. this is where the natural course of decomposition and dad-gum easiness just take over. ripped up cardboard are at the very bottom ... taking up space (lovely stuff that decomposes nicely!). on top of this is a thick layer of wood mulch that settles in around it all. another great decomposer. and on top of this goes straw. heaps and heaps of straw. packed in .... firmly .... but not too tight -- all the way to the top. and that's it. your herb spiral foundation is done. oh.... and don't forget to water.... water it heaps and heaps .... that's the trigger that will start your lovely decomposing state and allow for great soil to be built. qualifier here. there are several different materials you can use in the building of the bed matter for your spiral ... the key is that they all should be materials that will decompose and allow for the building up of the soil material.
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majestic in the herb spiral.
Resources. i thot it would be helpful to provide resources from other folks and see how they do it. you can google "how to build an herb spiral" and you'll get these along with heaps of others too .... i always find it is really good to see how others are doing it, and then adapt it to what works for my location and lifestyle.
How To Build and Herb Spiral
YouTube Video on how to build
Great PDF Resource
Alternate Uses of an Herb Spiral
Another Good Resource