Who in Philly has built an herb spiral?
While vacationing in Germany I have seen two herb spirals. I'm planning to build one myself and am curious whether anybody in our area has done it and is willing to share their experience?
One of the most important decisions in creating an herb garden is the place. Herbs require full sun. One aspect of the north is the best position. The herb garden will be built in the organic garden that is part of Kimbricki Council in Sydney. This is used as an educational tool to encourage people to grow their own organic food and recycling as much as possible.
The herb spiral shaped deigned pyramid is drier at the top and wetter at the bottom. The beauty of this design is that a sprinkler is the whole herb garden. The connection is a combination of a dropper, which delivers water in the bed and the spray head of water on top of the herb garden.
Place rocks around the base of the garden bed to retain the soil.
Black plastic is placed in the bottom of the bed and continues in a catchment pond. It can be any container that can hold water. When water percolates through the soil to be allocated to this point, and can be used to grow plants in the wetland area or water can be reused in the garden bed.
The use of soil with high organic matter content of compost, begin to fill the bed, soil compaction in 10 cm, followed by the construction of the spiral with rocks and soil.
Spirals of herbs have a tendency to dry in the center. To solve the problem of a domestic water intake is included within the center of the spiral.
A number of plastic trays that are reduced in size filled with gravel. Place geotextile fabric on top of each tray of gravel to prevent the entry of soil and roots. Position them so they overlap slightly, with the largest on the bottom, tapering to the smallest on top. Any excess water that fills spill trays in the tray that comes and will create an internal reservoir of water. The tubes can be placed directly on the trays as a conduit of water or liquid food. Through the sun, heat and capillary water is dispersed through the coil to keep the soil moist in the center.
As the spiral grows steady land and the embedding of the rocks and soil, reducing it is built, saving small rocks to be used for the top.
Fertilize the soil as it is built.
Thanks, Kathy. I have read everything available anywhere. Alas, I'm interested in visiting a REAL installation in our area before I start...
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