I made this a couple of weeks ago, and it was done in 2 days. I tried really hard to complete it in one, but then I used up all my energies and had to take a day off, but completed it the following day.
At first I tried using logs for the centre spiral, but hubby got upset that I was using our good firewood. So then I used rocks from our creek. I was a bit worried about taking rocks from the creek at first, as I wasn't sure if taking something that I couldn't replace would do harm that I was oblivious too, but in the grand scheme of things the few buckets worth of rocks that I took are nothing compared to what is there.
The project cost me nothing as all the materials were already on my property - the bricks were left over from a house build 3 decades prior, the dirt was left over from another house build and as mentioned the rocks are from our creek.
As we've just been through a terrible drought, one of the main reasons for this project was to preserve water. You'll also see in the photos that I've installed a sprinkler, and boy does it do a good job! I only need to run the sprinkler for a few minutes and the entire herb garden is enmoistened, as is the ground just around it.
I've started planting it out using the seeds and cuttings I already have and I will get the last few herbs from my local farmers markets soon, when I get a spare weekend. I've also started planting around the base since that's also receiving water from the sprinkler.
I'm really proud of this project and I think it looks really cute! My pollinator garden is coming along nicely and soon it will look like a proper cottage garden :)
EDIT: We've just started getting more rain in the last few days and the garden is looking much more lush than that now. I'll post some follow up photos when the herbs start growing.
We've had quite a bit of rain recently! It's been lovely, so the flowers in my pollinator garden have really shot up. I've started filling out the herb spiral, but there are still a few gaps. I've been trying to propagate some sage from elsewhere in my garden to fill at least one of the gaps, but my propagation has not been successful thus far.
I also saw a snake in the garden the other day! I think it lives in the herb spiral, apparently they like rocks. Hopefully it will keep slugs away.
Haha! I had actually forgotten about the boots! I moved them to the base of the spiral, put some marigold seeds in there and forgot about them. The plants seem to have claimed them. I'm going to try my hand at pruning this week, so I'll keep an eye out for the boots while I'm at it ;)
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