Category Archives: Land Design

Fun Day Fridays: Berry Mountain visioning

Sometimes you are lucky enough to realize that the dreams you have always had have somehow turned into plans.

That’s what Berry Mountain is like for me: my dream self-sufficient homestead, a retreat from the world, a return to a simpler, more natural way of life, a gathering place for friends and family, a place to learn, teach, grow and grow old.

This Friday morning I spent sketching the 325th version of the Master Plan for our 30 acres, this time adding a second greenhouse and a new spot for a few more wine grapes.

Hey. Any girl can dream. This girl plans.

Save the World. Make your home.

Grow Your Own: Herb Spiral – perfect for small spaces

Reducing your carbon footprint means sourcing a lot of what you use on a daily basis within your own home. A perfect example are the herbs you use everyday. An herb spiral is a great way to maximize small spaces if your growing areas are compact, and they provide an excellent teaching opportunity for children and guests.

Below is a photo of a small herb spiral I planted today in one of my two community garden plots.

Herb Spiral in Nottoway Garden - April 2013

Herb Spiral in Nottoway Garden – April 2013

It is probably only about 2 and a half feet across – they can become quite a bit larger and higher as your space allows – permitting more varieties to be planted.

Personally, I can’t wait to bring my troop of Daisy scouts to the garden so they can smell all the different herbs planted there: dill, chives, cilantro, tarragon, thyme, oregano, sage and lavender.

Herb spirals are great teaching tools for kids and non-gardeners alike. The higher up the spiral you go, the hotter and drier the environment; the lower down the spiral, the moister and cooler the herb preferences become. Mediterranean herbs (like rosemary and lavender) prefer the hot/dry; while more delicate herbs (like dill, chives and cilantro) prefer cooler/moister. I say build herb spirals near the door closest to your kitchen or your outdoor grill so you have easy, ready access to fresh herbs whenever you want them!

There are a lot of theories on the proper construction methods for herb spirals. I recommend you Google the options and choose for yourself dependent on the space and resources available to you.

I will post a photo of the spiral in a few weeks to update you on its progress!

Let’s Save the World! Grow your own.