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Spiral Garden

Have you always wanted a garden but don't have a large space? A spiral garden is what you're looking for!
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $25 Difficulty: Easy
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I purchased this metal edging at an estate sale a few months ago. I didn't know what I was going to do with it at the time but now I do.

Before you begin your garden, decide where you will put it. If it is in the shade, purchase plants that are shade-loving. If it will be in full sun, then purchase plants that can take the sun and heat.

I planted an herb garden which must be in the sun.
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You will need something to house your garden. I found this galvinized tub at Walmart for only a few dollars.
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Using a small screwdriver and hammer, punch holes in the bottom of your container (if there are no drainage holes already in the container).
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Add recycled, plastic bottles, cups, garden pots to the bottom of your container. This will not only help with drainage but it will help to fill the container thereby not using so much potting soil and your container won't be as heavy.
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Fill the container with potting soil to 1" below the edge of the container.
Add more potting soil to the middle, making a mound of soil.
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You will need edging for your spiral. I used this metal edging but you could use anything that will keep the soil where you want it as you make your spiral.
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Place the end of your edging against on of the sides of your container.
Make a circle going completely around the inside of your container, leaving a space of 5" from the side of the container to your edging.
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Continue to wrap the edging making a loose spiral.
As you make the spiral, pack the soil against the side of the edging.
You may have to add additional soil.
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Before you take your plants out of their pots, arrange them in your spiral design, fitting them as you go up the spiral.
I used herbs in my spiral garden.
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Once you've established where your plants will go, it's time to plant.
Make sure the holes are deep enough for each plant, adding or removing soil as you go.
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Here is the end result! I added marigolds and a dahlia at the top for added color and marigolds help keep pests away.

My garden is on my deck right outside our kitchen door so we can snip herbs anytime we want them.

My garden is in the sun most of the day. I did plant it in a metal container; however, the container will not burn the plants or get too hot to kill them. I also used a metal edging; however, it will not burn the plants. As you can see, the plants cover most of the edging. It may require more watering because the metal will warm the soil but it will not burn the plants.
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Materials I used for this project:

  • Galvanized tub   (Walmart)
  • Potting soil   (Walmart)
  • Metal edging   (Recycled)
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  • Sewing

    I was looking for a divider for my plants in 2 galvanized tubs on my patio. Found the same edging, from my mom's stash in the garage. Make an X in the square tub and a inner circle in the round tub, Guess we were thinking alike.

  • Carol Marolt

    Plastic bottles will liche into the soil and into the herbs. How about styrofoam packing peanuts.

    • Hotscotgal

      I have used styrofoam packing peanuts for years to take up space in my big flower pots. I put a large piece of landscape fabric over the peanuts and up the sides of the pot to keep the soil from draining out. It works great!

  • Viv Drewa

    This would made a cute indoor succulent garden, in a smaller version though.

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  • Patty
    Patty Australia

    Thanks for the idea, I was looking for something to fill in a gap near my front door. Will definitely try something similar

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