In the sun: lavender, winter savory and curry plant, oregano, thyme, rosemary, hyssop, orange thyme, and lemon thyme. In middle and humid regions, sage, basil, coriander, caraway, burnet, parsley, dill, peppermint, sorrel, chives, arugula, balm, or chervil. And, in water areas, watercress, woodruff, or aquatic mint.
Coiled herb garden.
The bed of an herb spiral takes into account, with ca. 3 sq m area, the most various habitat requirements of herbs. Four climate zones can be created with a clear distribution of warmth and coldness, light and shadow. The stones facilitate, thereby, a balanced microclimate, in which the energy from the sun collected by day is gradually distributed at night throughout the soil. The herb spiral is set up in a strict north-south direction, in such a way that the upper cultivation area always lies in the sun and the descending surface lies increasingly in the shadows, independent of the position of the sun and time of day. The cultivation surfaces can be roughly divided into the following categories: the dry, Mediterranean zone at the very top, filled with sandy, more thin soil, that quickly dries up when it rains; the middle, transition zone, filled with humic soil with a large amount of sand and compost; the bottom, moist zone at the foot of the spiral, furnished with a compost holding garden base (without drainage); and, at the very bottom, the water zone, which can be complemented with a small pond.
Assembly (and filling)…
The segments made of a zinc-aluminum covered
steel-grille can be easily put together without tools; with combining hooks of the same material, they are brought into shape – a spiral, a circle, or a rectangle – and placed on the soil (an anchor is not required). With regard to the choice of filling materials there are no limitations. We recommend natural stone of grain size 25-60 mm – most beautiful are certainly those from your region. (Alternatively, the grilles can be filled with roughly chopped bark-mulch.)