Spiral Gardens take up very little room and they’ll look great in a favorite space at your place- You’ll love these ideas!
A Spiral Garden would make a fantastic addition to your backyard and they’re easy to make when you know how. The above version is made using a Gabion Wall which is essentially rocks and wire. We’ve outlined what you will need for that project below. Wood and Stones are also possibilities.
This is a perfect way of growing Herbs and Veggies and the best part is you can have your Spiral Garden completed in a few short hours. It’s the ideal DIY and you are going to love the results. So, let’s look at what materials you will need to make a Gabion Wall.
Things You’ll Need To Build A Gabion Wall
- Gabion baskets or wire mesh
- Galvanized wire
- Wire cutters
- Board the length of the wall
- Weed mat
- Work gloves
Be sure to view the video below to see exactly how easy it is to make your own Gabion Wall
How To Build A Gabion Wall -:
Buy prefabricated gabion wire baskets or buy wire mesh such as chicken wire or construction wire mesh. Make sure the wire mesh you buy is galvanised or otherwise coated to resist corrosion.
- Place the wire baskets on the ground where you want to build the wall. For prefabricated baskets, if the sides are already attached to the base, lay them flat with the base in the right location. If the sides are not attached, place the base in the right location and place the sides in position around it. For wire mesh, cut a base and lid of equal size, two ends of equal size and two equal sides. Place the base in position and the sides around it.
- For baskets, use the galvanized wire to wire up the corners and sides to form a rectangular basket. Leave the lid open so you can put in the rocks. For wire mesh, use the galvanized wire to wire up the corners and the sides of the rectangular basket, leaving the lid open.
Insert the Rocks
- Place the rocks inside the wire baskets. Use on-site rocks if they give you the appearance you want and are larger than the wire mesh holes. If you can’t use on-site rocks, buy the size and type of rocks you need.
- Place flat rocks with the flat side facing outward and use angular or corner-shapes rocks for the corners. Use cement blocks for the middle of large gabion baskets to save rocks and speed filling of the baskets.
- As you are filling the baskets, place wired cross braces every three to six inches of height to reduce bulging. Join opposite sides of the baskets by wrapping the galvanized wire around part of the side’s mesh, passing the wire across the stones and wrapping it around the mesh on the opposite side.
- When you have filled the baskets, wire on the lids. If you need a higher wall, wire on an additional set of baskets on top the the first set.
The complete version of the above instructions can be found on E-How here
What You Need To Build A Spiral Herb Garden -:
- Cardboard (without ink or tape), weed mat or gravel – optional but useful to kill weeds if building your spiral straight on top of lawn. (I avoid carpet because it’s likely been treated with chemicals that will leach into the soil as it breaks down). Alternatively, you may need a drill for drainage holes if building on concrete.
- Long stake. Secure a 1m length of string to the stake and tie at the other end with a lightweight stake, bamboo cane or chalk. Use this to draw a line on the ground to measure out the circle.
- Organic matter such as mushroom compost, worm castings, lucerne, mulch, straw and garden soil to build fertility to feed your garden long term (quantity depends on diameter of your spiral).
- Compost (for planting your herbs into – preferably homemade so it will be full of living microorganisms or alternately, a certified organic compost).
- Rock minerals and organic fertiliser (to add nutrients to your soil).
- Mulch (whatever you have available) e.g. lucerne, sugarcane, baled grassy mulch hay, pea straw, grass clippings, leaves, etc.
- Herb seedlings; bay tree and vegetable seedlings if planting.
- (Optional) pond materials and irrigation fittings if including.
The above information is courtesy of the Micro Gardener Website where there is no end of great information including lots of photos, tips and tricks. You will be building your own Spiral Herb Garden in no time! View all the details here
You can also build your spiral garden using bricks. This makes for a fabulous centrepiece in your garden and you can plant it out with herbs or flowers. Details can be found here and there is also a Video Tutorial
Here’s another great version of a simple Spiral Vegetable Garden. You can find details here