Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Mothers’ Day Herb Spiral

We celebrated Mothers’ Day with my mom in Philly by building and planting an herb spiral for her. Now she’ll have easy access to fresh sweet basil, Thai basil, thyme, sage, onion chives, and rosemary!

My mom selected the area, which gets full morning sun and is close to her kitchen. To get the spot ready we had to transplant some daylilies and trim the tree in the back to allow for more sunlight. We then leveled the area and built the first course. The second level of blocks were placed between the joints of the first level for stability, and we built up another level of blocks in the center to give the spiral some height. We used landscape block adhesive to secure the topmost level of blocks before adding our topsoil, humus and manure.

You can click the images below to see the whole process.

Happy belated Mothers’ Day to all you moms out there!


8 responses to “Mothers’ Day Herb Spiral

  1. Kathy Quinerly May 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

    good looking mom and daughter!

  2. lovethehomeyfeeling May 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love the unique design of the swirl. Moreover, the swirl helps with the organization of the different herbs! Decorative and useful… what more can anyone ask for?

    • Becca May 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Thank you! A lot of people will build their herb spirals higher to maximize vertical growing space and create different zones- the spiral swirl promotes drainage, so the top is drier and sunnier, while providing shade for lower, moister levels. It is a great concept!

  3. domesticateddilettante May 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Great job! If I hadn’t opted to put my herbs on the deck this year (conveniently within a few steps of the kitchen), I would have pleaded for a spiral, too!

  4. Whitney May 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Reblogged this on The Naptime Nook and commented:
    Okay, so I know I’m totally phoning a friend on this one, but this idea was too cool to pass up. I would have done it with Abs, but she doesn’t really have a backyard where this would work. But I could see this being such a great craft for you and your little ones this summer.

  5. Cinda May 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I love the spiral garden. Glad you were able to put one in for your Mom. I hope she enjoys the herbs as much as I enjoy getting fresh herbs from our gardens. I’m getting spoiled with the great tastes of picking fresh. Hope she enjoys it. It looks great! I love the frogs and turtle too. Cute additions.

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