Our Herb Spiral: The best project ever!

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Our Herb Spiral

By dave
July 26, 2014

In early 2012 we built an herb spiral and it has since become a cornerstone of our gardens. Allow me to take a moment to share with you how and why we built this amazingly useful garden structure.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jul 25, 2014 6:37 PM CST

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This is such an ingenious and appealing design, and I really appreciate the detailed instructions and the explanation of why it works so well. I expect this to become one of the most popular ATP Ideas.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 25, 2014 7:58 PM CST

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Thank you so much, Zuzu. Smiling We absolutely love our herb spiral, and you're right, it's our best project ever and we talk about it all the time.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jul 25, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Dave - That is a really nice spiral garden! I love the use of brick to make it. Very attractive! You should link the video of the spiral garden to this article. I enjoyed that video, too! Thumbs up
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Barker
Jul 26, 2014 1:48 AM CST
Dave, the spiral has a big WOW!! factor. So imaginative. Congrats., I think it is a fantastic idea.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 26, 2014 5:36 AM CST
I agree Smiling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 26, 2014 7:04 AM CST
I loved it when I first read about it and love it still. Lovey dubby Makes me wish we lived someplace where we could build one ... or three; I'd have one for herbs, one for veggies and the third could be a perennial spiral for butterflies and hummingbirds!

Great job Whitinger family! Thumbs up
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blue23rose
Jul 26, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Absolutely love this! Functional and beautiful too Thumbs up
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Name: Trish
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Trish
Jul 26, 2014 9:37 AM CST

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We've been debating where to put the next one! They really are an impressive element in the garden.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 26, 2014 9:44 AM CST
Trish said:They really are an impressive element in the garden.
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Name: Porkpal
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Jul 26, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Such a clever idea! It combines originality, an economical use of space, and practical horticultural practices all into one beautiful design. Bravo!
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chickhill
Jul 26, 2014 11:21 AM CST
Thumbs up wonderful herb spiral Dave.
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kqcrna
Jul 26, 2014 1:21 PM CST
It does look great. I'd love to have that.

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Name: Dinu
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Dinu
Jul 28, 2014 4:28 AM CST
Beautiful idea. Can Dave tell us roughly how many bricks went in to the structure?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 28, 2014 6:41 AM CST

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Hi Dinu,

I did some estimates this morning and I have:

The first and second courses were about 45 bricks each.
3rd and 4th were about 43 bricks.
5th course at 41
6th course at 38
7th course at about 30
8th course at about 22
9th course at about 19

Starting with the 10th course you're in that final top and not using much bricks so we'll call it 25 bricks to finish it from there.

That's about 350 bricks. Add 50 more bricks for waste and you're on track.
Name: Dinu
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Dinu
Aug 1, 2014 5:24 AM CST
There are many things I love to know - as if I'm going to do in my small space, but this gives me a lot of delight and some base ideas. But I may not leave things like that. There is a chance of adapting the methods in my own way and on a smaller scale. I also loved the use of old wood at the bottom which will rot over time and sink to make way for more space to add growing medium on top. In our part, any wood on the ground/earth is devoured by the termites. In our old house even some windows are attacked by it. They had gone up 22 feet to reach the roof to get at the reapers! So we cannot use wood like you use there. So much wood you have used is fantastic fuel to boil water!
Thanks Dave for counting the bricks for me. Got a good idea of the number required. Helpful for calculations, just in case. I saw the Trish video also. I just thought it would have been more catchy had it been in the morning or evening sun.
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