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The gardens are a popular pastime for many people. One could actually say that the garden is of great importance today – as a place of peace and quiet, it is also able to influence the well-being of guests. It’s also a place where hobby gardeners can let their creativity and imagination run wild. If you are looking for great new garden design ideas, we recommend you take a look at this article. Because here we show you how you could build your own herb spiral. You will also find many pictures and ideas here that you might find inspiration from.
It is no coincidence that herb spirals have recently become more and more popular. One of the many advantages of such a herb snail is that you can plant different herbs with very different location requirements together. This allows you, for example, to combine Mediterranean plants like rosemary, which prefers dry soil, with other plants that need moist soil (such as peppermint). When setting up the herb spiral, however, there are a few aspects to consider. For example, choosing the right place should not be disregarded. On the contrary – it is recommended that you choose a sunny spot in your own garden for this purpose. The reason for this is that most herbs not only need more light, but also a lot of heat. Therefore you should give your herb spiral a place that is illuminated by the sun. If you feel like planting the herb snail with more types of herbs, the system you have built should not be too small, because the plants need enough space to be able to develop properly. This leads to the conclusion that the size of the plant snail depends primarily on the number of herbs you have. A common herb spiral is about 80 cm high and is usually three meters in diameter.
The next step is to mark out the plan of the herb spiral. The whole process can be simplified if you use a string and some small pegs for this purpose. We recommend taking a look at a snail shell – its shape might help with that. This will give you a clear idea of what your system should look like. Keep in mind that it should open to the south. For the small pond you should dig a hole 40 cm deep. Then the herb spiral should be created with stones. You could use clinker or natural stone for the wall of the system, for example. We also recommend that you read our article on the subject of plant stones – many people use these planters to delimit the small garden ponds or to build herbal spirals. And another little tip from our team of experts: if you build the wall without mortar, you will give the whole herb spiral a natural and aesthetic look. You really won’t go wrong if you plant oregano in the open joints. The small animals could also benefit from this – the crevices in the wall could also serve as a shelter for small creatures (e.g. lizards). So you will have a garden that is not only very beautiful but also environmentally friendly. The next step is to fill in the area with gravel. You should also use compost, sand, and soil that match the needs of the plants you choose.
Then you should create the pond – here are also some aspects to consider. For the convenience of the gardener, there are also prefabricated ponds that can simply be bought and placed in the hole of the herb spiral – this option is always available to you. But if you feel like proving your creativity, you could always create your own garden pond – for this purpose you only need a pond liner, which should first simply be laid. And then the edges of the pond liner should be covered with large stones. Now you can fill your pond with water!
In addition, we have a few small tips that might help you: It is recommended that you cover the area under the pond liner with a thin layer of sand. The reason for this is that the pond liner can be protected from various types of damage in this way. Otherwise there is a risk that you will soon have to buy a new pond liner. This is why it can be said that if you just follow our advice, you will also save a lot of money. It would also be better if the pond was a bit bigger, because an ecological balance can be created more easily in such a pond – the water is self-cleaning and should not be cleaned by filters, pumps or biochemical agents. If you choose a pond with fish, you should keep in mind that in this case the pond should be at least 1m deep – this is the only way the fish will have a chance to survive the winter. In this case, however, the whole herb spiral is also larger.
Perhaps you are now asking yourself how you can plant the herb spiral you have already built? Here we show you a list of different herbs that are suitable for the respective zones of the herb snail.
Upper zone – it is actually the driest zone of the herb spiral: thyme (Thymus vulgaris), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), winter savory (Satureja montana), Italian strawflower (Helichrysum italicum), marjoram (Origanum majorana) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
– it is actually the driest zone of the herb spiral: thyme (Thymus vulgaris), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), winter savory (Satureja montana), Italian strawflower (Helichrysum italicum), marjoram (Origanum majorana) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Middle zone – compared to the upper zone it is moderately dry and rather fresh: the little meadow button (Sanguisorba minor), borage (Borago officinalis), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), rocket (Eruca sativa) and coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
– Compared to the upper zone, it is moderately dry and rather fresh: the little meadow button (Sanguisorba minor), borage (Borago officinalis), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), rocket (Eruca sativa) and coriander (Coriandrum sativum) lower zone – the following herbs are suitable for this fresh and humid zone: Maggi herb (Levisticum officinale), cucumber herb (Anethum graveolens), tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), scarlet monard (Monarda didyma), mountain mint (Calamintha grandiflora), grass leek (Allium schoenoprasum)
-the following herbs are suitable for this fresh and moist zone: Maggi herb (Levisticum officinale), cucumber herb (Anethum graveolens), tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), scarlet monard (Monarda didyma), mountain mint (Calamintha grandiflora), grass leek (Allium schoenoprasum) Bank zone – this is actually the bank zone of the pond of the herb spiral and this is the reason why this zone is so damp and wet: peppermint (Mentha piperita) and real watercress (Nasturtium officinale – an herb used as a vegetable that can swim in the pond )
But we recommend that you do not plant your herb snail immediately, because the soil should be compacted first. It would be better if you wait for a few showers to do this. Also keep in mind that spring is actually the best time to plant – the herbs from the upper zone, for example, are very sensitive to cooling and frost and for this reason should not be planted after autumn.
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Video tutorial on building herb snails yourself
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There are many variants and you should simply have a clear idea of what your herb snail should look like … How many types of herbs do you want to plant? Here we show you a mini herb snail
Another small herb spiral with natural stones
Take a look at these awesome pictures for inspiration
Let your imagination run wild
If you build your own herb spiral, you really won’t make a mistake – this way you will have the chance not only to save a lot of money, but also to show your own creativity
Here is one of our favorite garden design ideas – a small herb spiral with a mini pond
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Are you looking for new garden design ideas? We recommend that you build your own herb spiral!