Today, I am sharing How To Create A Small Vegetable Garden Using A Garden Spiral! I am really excited to share this as it was my big spring must-do project. Not to mention I love how it turned out! This is also right next to my patio where we sit and entertain…I love that it is pretty to look at as well as functional.
For the last four years, I have planted a small vegetable garden at the corner of my house near my patio. Nothing too elaborate, but fun to watch the plants grow and enjoyable to cook with homegrown vegetables.
Last year, I stumbled upon a photo of a herb garden and thought that this technique was perfect for my small vegetable garden.
Part of the problem in my tiny garden was that the zucchini plants would overtake the space and dwarf all the other vegetables. I love to cook with zucchinis, so I didn’t want to stop planting them…but they get crazy big.
So, as I said, the herb spiral was the inspiration for my Garden Spiral and so far it has worked well for my small vegetable garden! See how I completed it below…
Garden Spiral Building Supplies:
- 4″ River rock from a garden supply supplier
- 6 or more bags of organic garden soil
- Tarp to lay river rock on after delivery (optional)
- Herb plants or seeds
This has been my garden space for the past four years. I used my foot to sketch out the design in the dirt. I honestly don’t know how much stone this is, but it was just about the right amount. It’s best to judge by the space you have and the size of your stone – I used 4″ river rock from a landscape supplier.
Following the design in the dirt, I place the stones, making sure they fit together well…kind of like a puzzle. I also tried to use the largest and flattest stones on the bottom. Once I had several layers of stones on the deepest side, I began to add the dirt. For this, I decided to use bagged organic garden soil.
It became necessary to add the dirt as I built the walls so that the dirt would help support the stone. As the dirt was added, I would push it into the crevices between the stone and it began to support and hold the walls in place.
As you can see, I also began to lean the stone in as the walls got taller so that the base was the widest part of the garden spiral.
As it came time to build up the center of the spiral, I chose not to have it supported from the ground up. Instead, I packed down and sloped the dirt to be able to gradually layer the stone on top. This worked out very well and used less stone.
Here is the garden spiral finished before I planted any vegetables. I really like how I took the stone from the edge of my walk and wrapped it up into the spiral – it adds a little architectural element. I also had enough stone to edge the garden from my flower bed on the left as you can see below.
This is my garden mid-summer. It looks as if I have a few veggies to be picked! Check back for additional photos of how my small vegetable garden spiral looks at the end of the summer!
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