permaculture digest: June 17, 2000
essenheal at iname.com
Mon Jun 19 17:27:10 EDT 2000
On 06/18/00, "rick valley <bamboogrove at cmug.com>" wrote:
> Herb Spirals: I agree with Toby- a usually very poorly executed idea! Nasty= ,
> weedy heaps studded with obstacles....
I don't want to seem totally naive, but exactly what is an herb spiral?
I cultivate my herbs in what I call a back-door garden which consists of a
mound. The tallest plants on top (fennel) and then I progress downward and
around dependant upon the height and the sun/shade requirements of each
plant. I also disperse some breakfast radish, heirloom butter lettuce,
mesclun, swedish kale and corn salad within my bed. The radish is ready in
25 days and I replant those beds (2) with another crop of kale and lettuce,
which are harvestable in 65 days. I love working in the mound, everything
is easily accessible and I never have to bend over, except to plant. All
the soil from my sunken beds make up the mound. I use sunken beds for a
variety of reasons, the 2 main ones being wind and water. Some of the soil
I dig out goes around the exterior to protect the plants, whatever is
leftover goes to the mound. It all works very well for me.
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