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How to Build an Herb Spiral (and What to Grow in It!)

Michael has worked in whole system design, with a focus on edible and ecological landscapes, for over two decades.

There are many reasons to build an herb spiral, especially if you love to cook. Luckily it's quite easy to do!

There are many reasons to build an herb spiral, especially if you love to cook. Luckily it's quite easy to do!

4 Reasons to Build an Herb Spiral

Whether you have a huge yard or a tiny one, there are many benefits to building an herb spiral.

  1. They create year-round edible landscape architecture.
  2. They create microclimates.
  3. They save space.
  4. They're highly productive with the height that they offer.

There is a cornucopia of herbs that can be grown in a spiral, really taking advantage of all the different microclimates. If you have full sun, that's great. If your garden is shadier, just work with what you have.

How to Make a DIY Herb Spiral (2 Ways)

Herb spirals are very easy to make. You can either lay the stones out ahead of time (the dry-stack method) or start with the soil mixture first (the free-form method).

Dry-Stack Herb Spiral

This is a dry-stack technique, meaning that the blocks are stacked on top of each other without cement.

  1. Lay out the spiral, either with natural stone or prefab concrete block into a pattern that rises naturally every 2.5 blocks, creating a new course. (The process really guides itself.)
  2. Fill the spiral with soil and compost.
  3. Plant your herbs!

These beautiful focal points work well in your landscape or even by your front door. The choice is yours. They're very flexible! Even the concrete block can end up looking gorgeous, so you can really put them wherever you would like.

Free-Form Herb Spiral

If you have a larger landscape, you can do what's called a free-form herb spiral.

  1. Shape your compost and soil mixture into a spiral.
  2. Lay the stone around the spiral that you have designed. (This allows for even round stones to be used.)

If you want to grow more than just herbs, these can also be entire gardens, meaning that in a small space, you can grow your tomatoes, your cucumbers, and your herbs.

What to Plant in an Herb Spiral

Not sure what herbs to plant now that you've built your spiral? Here are a few ideas.

Not sure what herbs to plant now that you've built your spiral? Here are a few ideas.

Enjoy!

At the end of the day, kick back and enjoy an herb-spiral refresher. Have fun and enjoy.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Michael Judd

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