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Small herb garden on the balcony
A herb garden does not need much space. Also on the balcony or terrace are brisk Arrangements of herbal pots by skillfully placing the boxes and pots possible. Determine the right corner for your herb garden based on the sun yield and create a flower staircase or easel on which you can accommodate several pots or boxes. Hanging lamps perfectly stage nasturtiums and the creeping versions of rosemary and thyme. The advantage of the pot garden when planning a herb garden is that each plant has room for itself. Thus, the individual substrate and watering needs and the space requirement can be perfectly addressed, and the different herbs do not get in the way when growing. If a plant goes in or is harvested, the whole pot is exchanged for a new one.
Creating a creative herb bed
A herb garden is in itself a varied, creative garden component. But especially with herbs it does not always have to be the classic garden form. The semi-tall, Horsey herbs offer themselves for decorative planting, so you can create with them, for example, a living bed edging. Or they use drought-loving herbs for the greening of dry stone walls. Be creative and plant your herbal pots in wooden boxes, old barrels or a discarded wheelbarrow (do not forget exhaust holes!). Small name tablets made of enamel, wood or slate are not only practical, but also nice to look at.
What else should one pay attention to?
Herbs taste and work especially because of their concentrated ingredients. Therefore, when growing herbs, plan not only the planting, but also the care of the precious ingredients. If possible, the herb garden should be away from road traffic, so that the pollutants of the exhaust gases are not absorbed by the plants. In addition, do not use synthetic herbicides, insecticides or fungicides and fertilize exclusively with organic fertilizer or compost. Herbs are best poured with fresh, low-lime water. Due to the germ load, water from the rain barrel is not suitable for herbs and vegetables that are consumed raw.
Build a herbal spiral yourself
Herbs should not be missing in any good kitchen-better still when the aromatic and healthy herbs come fresh from your own garden. If a herb bed in balcony box size is not enough, you can build your own herb spiral in the garden with some skill.
A herb spiral is a spirally laid bed, which is built up with natural stones of any kind. Even with artificial stones, such as clinker or brick, construction is possible. We chose granite stones for our project because they look very natural and rustic.
A herbal spiral belongs to a sunny location and should measure a diameter of about 2.5 meters and the height about 1 Meter-of course you can also make your herbal spiral larger – depending on the available area. In the south of the herbal spiral, the spiral begins, where First a small pond or pond is created. Depending on the space, this should be about 0.5-1 Meter in diameter and at least 0.6 meters deep. Lay it out with Pond foil and decorate it with stones. Now mark the course of your spiral starting from the pond (sawdust or Sand are well suited as a marking agent). With that done, you begin to remove the grass scar (if any). A herbal spiral is built from the outside to the inside. Always place a few stones alternately and then fill the cavity behind with Earth. Concrete or mortar have not lost anything with a natural Construction-Joint large holes with Earth or clay. The stone wall should be slightly inclined built (approx. 5 % slope).
After the stone and earth work follows the planting – the most important thing about the herbal spiral!
Through the different filling materials you have created three different areas of life! Now it is important to note that you also select suitable plants for your building.
We recommend the following compilation
moist, Humic area: parsley, Woodruff, peppermint
permeable, Humic area: lemon balm, chives, lovage, marjoram, Wormwood, tarragon
permeable, sandy area: thyme, sage, rosemary, lavender, hyssop, savory, Burnet,…