Build herbal spiral yourself - instructions

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Herb spiral herbal snail

The construction of the stone spiral alone is far from over. The special feature of the herb snail lies in the ability to cultivate the different plants with different demands. Only when the stone border is sufficiently stable, you can start with the individual "climatic zones" within the bed.
  • Water zone: This area at the bottom of the herbal spiral offers ideal living conditions for water-loving plants such as watercress and calamus. The basis for this is a small Bauzuber or a pond liner. Decorative you can line the area with medium sized stones.
  • Wet zone: The substrate should have a lot of loam and humus here, while sand or even lime inhibit the growth of the plant world. Lovage, borage and garden cress feel particularly well in the wet zone.
  • Normal zone: If the north-south alignment of the herbal spiral was maintained during construction, this is the partially shaded area within the bed. Growths such as basil and pimpinelle prefer a humus-rich and dry substrate. Mix conventional potting soil with larger amounts of compost and sand. To counteract waterlogging here, you can loosen up the soil with small pebbles.
  • Mediterranean zone: A light limestone content and a lean substrate characterize this area. Humus should be completely avoided in this zone. Here, Mediterranean plants such as sage, lavender and thyme feel at home.
For a better overview, you should separate the individual zones by smaller stones. After preparing and filling the substrate, wait a few days before starting to plant. Often the soil sinks by a few centimeters, so you may have to refill here again. The "water zone" is mandatory and does not necessarily have to be present in every herbal spiral. However, here you have the opportunity to create a valuable biotope for dragonflies and frogs. Also beneficial insects, such as bumblebees and bees, gratefully accept the water supply in midsummer.
ConclusionThe spiral-shaped bed, reminiscent of a snail shell, can even be placed in the smallest space in small and ornamental gardens. Due to the location and the various substrate mixtures within the herb snail can be cultivated here a variety of herbal and spice plants with different care requirements. With little effort and time you can build a herbal spiral yourself. The material needed is fast and with a little care, you can harvest your own herbs for many years.

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