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~ Creating an Herb Spiral ~

Herb Spirals produce a moisture gradient which forms microclimates along the spiral, with the most dry and sunny climate at the top and the most moist and shady climate located at the bottom of the spiral, facing the north. Herb Spirals efficiently utilize space and work with gravity and natural water flow to store and sort resources.

A spiral shape is constructed with bricks or rocks, and the spiral is filled 3/4 full with straw, and then topped with compost.

Plants are arranged according to their microclimate preferences.

Herbs such as Thyme, Sage, Basil, Aloe, Rosemary, Oregano, Terragon, Calendula, and Lemon Grass prefer to be dry and should be planted near the top of the spiral. Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Chives, Chamomile prefer a balance between wet and dry and so are best in the middle of the spiral, with Mint and Watercress preferring the moist bottom.

(Source: moon-medicine)

tagged as: herb spiral. permaculture. homemade. herbalism. gardening. soga. berkeley.

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