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How to Build an Herb Spiral Part 2 (Planting)

June 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Design, Herbs, Permaculture

An herb spiral is not meant for large scale production. It is meant to provide many different microclimates in a small space. This is beneficial because you can pack many different varieties of herbs into a small space close to your kitchen, so you can conveniently pick them as you need them. It is also garden feature that can be admired simply for its beauty.

 

Herb spirals can house up to 36 different varieties of herbs, or at least so I have read. My herb spiral does not have near that many, but I can see how it could be possible. I personally did not want to put that many herbs in my spiral, because I have a fairly large, but very convenient herb garden right along my front walkway, so there are some herbs that I don’t want overcrowding or taking over my herb spiral.

Rosemary, thyme, lavender, marjoram, calendula, sage, oregano, tomato (volunteer), basil, onions, chives, parsley, dill, daikon

For the most part, I tried to only use perennial, biennial, or self-seeding annuals in my herb spiral. Apart from basil, I really don’t like to have to reseed my herbs every year, especially when there are so many good ones that don’t need to be replanted year after year. So what can be planted into the different microclimates of an herb spiral?

 

Dry and sunny (The top of the spiral)

Rosemary

Thyme- I put my thyme in front of the rosemary, because the rosemary would shade out the thyme if it were in front.

Lavender

Oregano- Oregano can also go in the mid slope of the spiral on the sunny side.

Dill

Tarragon

Marjoram

 

Sunny & moist, but well drained still (The middle of the spiral on the sunny side)

Parsley

Cilantro- I would not plant cilantro in an herb spiral, because it is an aggressive self-seeder, unless you want a cilantro spiral.

Sage

Yarrow

Fennel

Nasturtium

Bee Balm- Bee balm is another one that is too aggressive in my opinion for an herb spiral.

Calendula

Basil

Rosemary, thyme, lavender, marjoram, calendula, sage, oregano, tomato (volunteer), basil, onions, chives, parsley, dill, daikon

Shady & moist, but still well drained (The middle of the spiral on the shady side)

Chives

Onions

Parsley- Can do OK in sun or some shade

Borage

Sorrel

 

Sunny & Wet (Bottom of the spiral on the sunny side)

Chives

Chamomile

Lemon Balm

Mints- I would not plant mints in an herb spiral as they can be very aggressive.

 

Shady & Wet (Bottom of the spiral on the shady side)

Chives-are so versatile, and can grow in the sun or shade, and will tolerate wet conditions.

Mints- I would not plant mints in an herb spiral as they can be very aggressive.

Cress

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