The Curious Lure of Herb Spirals

October 17, 2013

Beans, Food Production

HerbSpiralFor some reason, permaculturists and organic gardeners are obsessed with “herb spirals.” I’m not sure why, considering it’s not at all like something you’d find in nature. But… there is something to it that gets in your head.

I’ve confessed before that herbs don’t flip my switches like tropical crops and growing staples, but I have a hard time not… building… an… herb… spiral.

Why is that? Is it the attractive shell shape? The excitement of stacking blocks that harkens back to some childhood trigger? Is it a hypnotic spiral? WHY DO I WANT TO BUILD ONE?

Look at these cats building an herb spiral:

Wow. Fun.

It’s almost nine o’ clock at night as I write this post and I want to go outside and build an herb spiral. HERB SPIRAL! (The music in the video also makes me want to try those things today’s kids call “drugs,” but I think I can resist that temptation.)

I’m not sure about packing the entire spiral with straw, then planting on top of it the same day. I once did that with a strawberry barrel and my strawberries sunk down into the holes over time until half of them disappeared. I’d let it settle for a bit or at least make sure I mixed in some heavier compost or soil with the straw.

Anyone out there tried building an herb spiral yet? Or maybe an herb fractal? An herb star?

Heck… the possibilities are endless.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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