If you’re going to grow anything, grow herbs. They virtually grow themselves! They attract few, if any, pests and most herbs grow back year after year. The Little St. Simon’s Island garden has been host to an array of herbs for years, but this winter we’ve taken it to another level by installing four huge raised beds right in the middle of the garden designated just for them. What an orchestration it was getting them in!
|Naturalists Mike and Laura build bed #3.|
|The gardener (that's me!) filling the beds.|
The whole team of naturalists took part, sawing lumber, nailing boards, raking dirt, and now, we have 368 square feet more growing space to supply Chef Charles with all the herbs he needs to dream up savory delectables for your palate.
Clearly, it takes a lot of growing space to supply a commercial kitchen, but not so for your home kitchen. You can put a lot of different herbs in a small space in a beautiful display called an herb spiral. Along with the four large traditional raised beds, we built an herb spiral as the centerpiece to our garden. You can put one by your door so all your herb needs are within reach.
Part of the beauty of the design is that your garden herb spiral will suit your needs, your own aesthetic and help you make use of whatever you have lying around to repurpose for a wall. It’s about a day’s work for one person to put together the infrastructure. Wait about a week to let the soil settle. Then beautify it by planting your favorite herbs. Keeping consistent with permaculture principles, the spiral is low maintenance, requiring little energy and water. You just water the top once a week. Research says after a year when everything is established, you can just rely on the rain.