Building the herb snail – ideas and practical tips
A herb snail will not only beautify your garden with its attractive look. It’s actually really useful because it allows you to grow a wide variety of different herbs in a small space. In this article you will find a detailed guide and lots of practical tips on how to build a herb snail. Let it inspire you!
Build herb snail – instructions
The so-called “herb snails” or “herb spirals” have been popular and widespread for years. As mentioned above, they not only create a beautiful ambience in the garden, but also allow a variety of herbs to be planted together in a limited space, which also have different location requirements. All kinds of plants find a place in a herb snail – from lavender, rosemary and other Mediterranean herbs, which like nutrient-poor and dry soils, to species such as peppermint, which need moist and nutrient-rich soil in order to grow optimally. With our detailed instructions you can build such an attractive herb snail step by step. Just read on!
Choose the right place
Most herbs love sunlight and warmth, so it is best to choose a sunny spot in the garden if you want to build an herb snail. Your “herb spiral” should not be too small so that the plants can grow optimally – for about twelve herbs in an approximately 80 centimeter high herb snail, the minimum diameter must be no less than 3 meters, which actually corresponds to an area of about 7 square meters.
Draw outlines and lay a gravel foundation
The next step is to “draw” the outline of the herb snail. Use stakes and a taut string – the spiral should open to the south. After that, it is necessary to dig the earth with a spade – the depth should not be more than 40 centimeters. The ironed area should be extended twice deeper, because it is filled with a layer of gravel about 10 centimeters thick – this is the foundation for the wall and at the same time ensures that there is no waterlogging later.
Build stone wall
Now that you’ve laid the gravel foundation, it’s time to build the wall. Put the first row of stones in the form of a spiral with two turns and gradually build a spiral protective wall. For this purpose, you can use natural stones or clinker stones that are at least as thick as a fist. The joints between the individual stones can be planted with thyme or Dost, for example – this would give your protective wall a beautiful, natural locomotive. And useful animals, such as lizards or snails, will find shelter in the crevices in the wall.
Prepare soil mixes
Next, you should also fill the remaining area with gravel. The layer should be about 50 centimeters thick at the core, and this thickness should gradually decrease – until the end of the spiral. The result is an attractive herb snail, the inner point of which should have reached a height of around 80 centimeters. Under no circumstances should you use normal garden soil to fill the spiral – the different types of herbs like to have different types of soil, and you should create the conditions that meet the needs of the individual plants. Therefore, the best solution is to use a special mixture of sand, compost and soil. For example, you can create four moisture levels. The top one should be suitable for drought-loving plants – half of the garden soil is sanded for this purpose. The proportion of sand should steadily decrease towards the bottom – instead, more compost is added to the soil. And at the end of the spiral, you should have a mixture that is just soil and compost.
Final finishing work
If you want to build an herb snail, it is a good idea to create a small, decorative pond at the end of the spiral. For this purpose you can either use a prefabricated pond that is placed in a correspondingly large hole, or you can lay out pond liner. And after you have planted the herbs, your herb snail would look really fantastic!
In this article the reader will find detailed instructions on how to build a beautiful herb snail step by step.