Monday, 1 March 2010

Herb Spiral progress and a verge trash score November 18 2009

I won the battle with the bourgainvillea! Ok, ok let's have a bit of honesty Crone; I chatted to my neighbour who has a friend with a chainsaw. Et Voila, first layers are in place.





With the help of Tot #3 we built it up too this;



The next step will be lifting up the matting and folding it carefully up the exterior of the bricks and tucking it into the top. This will then be built up with some rocks on the final layer and rocks to hide all of the brickwork. I couldn't for the life of me think of any other way of doing a wicking bed herb spiral. Do you think it will work? I love experimentation :)

Oh and Boo (tot 3) calls it Baby Xavier's Spring Roll!

Now for the pics of my foraging around the burbs rubbish piles





I'm pretty chuffed to say the least. Now I just need to haul out the sewing machine and run up some cushions.

3 comments:

TheCrone said...

9 Responses to “Herb Spiral progress and a verge trash score”
1.Susana Says:

November 18th, 2009 at 4:51 pm e

Wow Lara. I just love Xavi’s spring roll, so pretty. I think it will work. Good score on the furniture. Are you going to sew the covers out of weather proof fabric?

2.admin Says:

November 18th, 2009 at 4:54 pm e

Yes. The sun is so harsh here and we honestly get horizontal rain at times LOL

3.Susana Says:

November 18th, 2009 at 5:09 pm e

Make sure you get a sturdy needle!!! You don’t want to kill the sewing machine

TheCrone said...

4.Emma Says:

November 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm e

It looks fantastic! You totally scored with the furniture too

5.simply.belinda Says:

November 19th, 2009 at 6:10 am e

I will be interested to see how the wicking bit works. I can’t quite visualise it in that shape but that is not unusual for me.

Good Luck
Belinda

6.admin Says:

November 19th, 2009 at 7:03 am e

Yeah it took some time for me to think it out Belinda! I’m going to use a flexible soaker hose so that it bends around the curve of the spiral. I can only try, right?

TheCrone said...

7.K Says:

November 19th, 2009 at 7:22 am e

If the matting is waterproof, it might be better to tuck it in halfway up the bricks, so that if you get a lot of rain it doesn’t completely waterlog your bed & drown the plant roots. The ‘wicking’ part is the soil + plants drawing the moisture up from the ‘pool’ area at the bottom. Then is can’t be overwatered. Looks lovely, by the way

8.admin Says:

November 19th, 2009 at 1:30 pm e

Thanks ‘K’. This is only half the proposed height BTW. Once the matting is folded over I shall keep building up until it’s about a metre high in the middle section. I had to pilfer the pavers from other parts of the garden due to being fiscally challenged atm. I just need to source rocks now to complete. Oh and plants.

9.dixiebelle Says:

November 22nd, 2009 at 6:22 pm e

It looks good! And always good to find some bargains, esp. when you can personalise them.

Great to see you back blogging again