Last year I created an herb spiral (Gaia’s Garden, pages 39-42). This 3 foot high, 5 foot wide herb spiral not only creates more space by taking a long line of plants and placing them in a compact spiral, but it also creates microclimates by creating slopes that face all directions. The idea is to take advantage of these microclimates created by the suns movement across the mound to grow plants with different needs in a small area.
|Here is my herb spiral.
As you can see some of the rocks
have tumbled down and need to be replaced.
Cilantro bolts if it gets to much heat and sun, so I planted it on the side where it will be shaded partially by my raspberries.
Dill and Lovage also enjoy well drained soil so they are midway up on the spiral.
Parsley, Winter Thyme, Lovage and Lemon Balm are all planted on the side that is slightly shaded by the mound in the afternoon, but get full sun in the morning and midday.
As you can see I still have some space to fill. I may wait and see what comes up. I already have some self-sown cilantro popping up. The Winter Thyme, Parsley, Lovage and Lemon Balm all over-wintered.