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square/rectangular herb spiral?

zengeos
zengeos
Gorham, ME
Post #: 574
I have acquired an abundant supply of patio paver bricks and am planning out a new herb spiral. I want to use the patio bricks for the spiral's walls. I realize I can stagger them and build a curving spiral, but I question the efficacy/durability of the walls, considering the gaps in the edge of the bricks. So, I was thinking...why not build a squared off herb spiral. A running bond pattern will lend itself well to this, and it will help ensure a durable, long lasting brick wall.

Since I am also redoing all my walks in the concrete pavers, the new herb spiral will blend itself into the new patio/walks nicely. I am thinking of a spiral size along the lines of 6x10. What do folks here think?

Also, I would love some suggestions for uses of the concrete pavers for other projects. After the spiral is built, the walkways are redone and the patio redone, I should be left with around 150 sf of pavers, roughly 1 pallet's worth.

zengeos
zengeos
Gorham, ME
Post #: 576
Thanks David Homa for finding this site for me. It is similar to what I am pondering

http://www.architectu...­
Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 437
Not square, but I like the way the spiral (check the pic on the bottom left) can integrate into a path edge. They just need to extend the wall top where it hits the ground as an edging out the screen towards the viewer. Imagine two of these flanking a path or four flanking an intersection.
http://www.lifesagard...­
Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 438
You could also use pavers to try out african keyhole gardening: http://www.valhalla-p...­
zengeos
zengeos
Gorham, ME
Post #: 577
hmm...that's an interesting take on a raised bed garden. While I've read some keyhole garden info and actually planted a couple strawberry beds in a garden, I'd not considered a composting center for the the bed. I wonder, though, if this might not attract even more mice and other less desirable animals...
zengeos
zengeos
Gorham, ME
Post #: 578
OK...so I think I am going to try one or 2 keyhole gardens....We'll see how they fare as far as vermin go. So, this year I hope to trial a strawbale garden and a keyhole garden, African style. I have a nice area I think might do nicely for these projects. Sendacow actually had the best instructions, and following those, I think I can really see the efficacy of the design.
Keyholes are in many ways, tidy lasagna beds, so it should be interesting. I'll need to have plenty of materials, of course...
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