Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Herb Spiral

We took advantage of the beautiful weather today and built an herb spiral in Sallie’s courtyard, using free pavers, bricks, and stones we scavenged. The side yard would’ve provided more sun for the herbs, but we chose to build the spiral in the courtyard closer to our kitchen.

An herb spiral maximizes your planting space in a small area and provides varying levels of moisture and sunlight.  Rosemary and lavender, which thrive in sunny conditions and well draining soil, will be planted at the top; shade-tolerant plants like lemon balm, mint and parsley will be planted along the sides where there is more shade. We’ll also plant basil, chamomile,  lemongrass, echinacea, stevia, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and more.


During:Cardboard is placed underneath to prevent weeds. It will eventually decompose

Nearly finished:

Completed spiral:Herb spiral

Inside the spiral we packed leaves and straw to begin to build a healthy soil.


3 responses to “Herb Spiral

  1. Mom March 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see it in full bloom. Mine has some herbs coming back already, Ill have a spiral full soon. Bet it looks good. Good Luck. Im sure Sally will like the fresh herbs.

  2. Mom March 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hey, Looks good. Bet Sallie will like fresh herbs this year. Mine is already coming back from last year. Good Luck.

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