Here are the herb spirals that I built during the summer of 2014:
Parent's house in DelawareThis was my first herb spiral build. It was at my parent's house. They wanted to use landscaping bricks to match the ones they already had around the garden in front of the house.
Material Cost - $200ish for materials
Time - 5 Hours over 2 days
~100 Bricks, organic compost, sand, rock rubble from on-site, herbs
Early September and the herb spiral is exploding with life. Water hyacynth, purslane, marigold, parsley, thyme, chamomille, dill, catnip, lavendar, tarragon, oregano and rosemary.
Water hyacynth, parrot's feather, and water peppermint in the small pond.
Immediately after construction and transplanting herbs.
Didn't have anything in the pond at first.
Lana's Parent's HouseMy second herb spiral was at my girlfriend Lana's parent's house. They were away on vacation, and trusted us to make it look nice, since aesthetics were a priority. When they got home, they were pleased, and now that the herbs are really thriving, they're very happy.
Material Cost - $200 ish for materials
Time - 4 Hours over 2 days
100 bricks, leftover sand, organic compost, rock rubble from on-site, mulch from off-site, herbs and seeds
Eugene picks mint for tea, and basil for salads.
I planted mint, marigold, curly parsley, tuscan basil, garlic chives, fennel, dill, thyme, chamomille, tarragon, sage, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, and a pretty pink flower in the top center.
Right after planting
Gandhi GardenThe Gandhi Garden in downtown Trenton, NJ is a community garden built by the SAGE coallition. They had reclaimed bricks, and donated soil, so this was a cheap build.
Material Cost ~ $15 for herb transplants
Reclaimed bricks, donated soil, sticks/weeds/etc from on-site
Time - 3 hours in one day with 3-4 volunteers
This had sage, basil, lavendar, oregano, thyme, calendula, chia, rosemary, onions, fennel, dill, and purslane.
Sarah's Butterfly Community Garden in West PhiladelphiaThis herb spiral was also built with reclaimed bricks and donated soil. We had corn transplants, and seeded everything else.
Material Cost ~ FREE
Time - 4 hours over 2 days with 2 volunteers
As it looked in mid-September 2014
We transplanted corn, and seeded echinacea, parsley, chives, fennel, letuce, basil, tarragon, cilantro, oregano, lavendar, and rosemary.
I'm working on an herb spiral info sheet that will have useful information for all the plants I choose from when planting an herb spiral. It will include care instructions, harvesting instructions, how to use the herbs, and any other useful info I can think of.