Vertical gardening helps maximise space in small gardens and resolves many common problems faced by gardeners. Want to learn more about what structures to use and see some inspiring photos? Check out the articles here.
Have you ever ended up with ‘dried herb arrangements’ (those that died of thirst or sunburn)? Or herbs that rotted and drowned due to waterlogged roots? Whether you want to plant herbs in a pot, garden bed or a herb spiral, my 5 Step Guide to Planting Herbs can help you successfully choose the best position and maintain your herb garden.
In this article I also share key tips on where to plant herbs so they thrive. Understanding the kind of microclimate each herb prefers, can make all the difference to growing them successfully! So ‘dig in’!
Want to make your own vertical herb spiral garden? This compact space saving design can be made with just a few basic steps.
Construction materials and methods vary. So after deciding on the best position and gathering your materials, you can have one built the same day.
* [The original link to this image (via Cara-Ornamentals) is no longer available. I have no control over this & apologise for any inconvenience but you’ll find alternative resources below.]
If you like this particular design and want to learn to make the curved wire baskets, see the end of this post for videos and wire basket suppliers for Gabion Herb Spirals. These are some basic instructions for making a gabion wall or visit BlondeMafia or Garden Drum. More instructional videos for gabions are here and here. For the tutorial steps, read on!
Herb Spiral Design
Do you have limited sun, space or time to garden? Want a highly productive, energy efficient way to grow food? Then consider a herb spiral design in your garden. Creating a Herb Spiral close to your kitchen might be your perfect solution.
What is a Herb Spiral?
The Herb Spiral is a highly productive and energy efficient, vertical garden design. You can stack plants horizontally AND vertically to maximise space. It’s a practical and attractive solution for urban gardeners. A herb spiral design is typically 1.5 – 2m (5 – 6.5ft) wide in diameter at the base and rises to 1.0 – 1.3m (3.2 – 4.2ft). The centre of the spiral is at the highest point. The spiral ramp provides a planting area large enough to fit in all your common culinary herbs.
Inspiring Pallet DIY Garden Projects
Looking for ways to upcycle pallets? Some creative DIY pallet garden projects? Recently I repurposed a pallet and large square wooden crate lying around a local landscaping yard, into a mini garden shed for $7. I was so pleased with the result, it made me consider other ways to reuse materials for my garden needs. More of us are conscious of repurposing rather than impacting on landfill with unnecessary waste. So I thought I’d share these DIY creative ideas to upcycle pallets. You may be amazed at the possibilities!
“Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.” – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upcycling
10 Creative Space and Resource Saving Ideas
I’m always looking for inspiring, low-cost and resourceful ideas for the garden – here are some of my favourite projects for you to try.
1. Peg Plant Marker – This is an easy improvised solution using everyday materials. Kids can paint the pegs and make them colourful and if you save seeds from your edible gardens like I do, this makes plant identification a snack!
Important Factors to Consider with Vertical Gardens
To help you decide what kind of structure to use for your vertical garden, consider these practical design tips:
1. Don’t overlook your garden entrance: A gateway is usually the point of entry and the place where you make first impressions! With a little imagination this space can be another creative vertical garden. (more…)
Benefits of Vertical Gardening
Regardless of where you live, I’m a firm believer you can take advantage of some of the many benefits vertical gardening offers.
The advantages of vertical gardens really come into their own in micro garden spaces where options are very limited but as most people live in urban areas, clever design ideas are a key to make the most of the space you have.
So if you’re not yet growing up, here are 12 reasons why you should!
“Vertical gardening is an innovative, effortless, and highly productive growing system that uses bottom-up and top-down supports for a wide variety of plants in both small and large garden spaces.” – Derek Fell, author Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out for More Vegetables & Flowers in Much Less Space
Vertical gardens help you:
- Maximise Limited Space: Increase growing space especially when it is at a premium in a very tiny area.
How to Design Creative Vertical Gardens
“Vertical gardening saves time and work, allowing you to spend less time tending and more time enjoying your garden.”
Derek Fell, author ‘Grow Up, Not Out, For More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space’
In Part 1, we looked at some creative vertical structures to help you grow plants ‘up’ and save space in your garden. This post inspires you with more ideas on how to use two other types of vertical structures – ones to grow down and stackable systems. (more…)