Sacred Spaces: Stonehenge Herb Garden
I didn’t have much time a few years ago to put together an outdoor herb garden. Â I was working long hours at my job and a single mom to two teens. Â I didn’t have time to build an herb garden, dig up a chunk of the back yard, or fight weeds in the plot. Â So I took a few…shortcuts.
Instructions for the herb garden
For the world’s easiest herb garden, I bought curved bricks to create a circular garden. Â This space in my yard could bear only a circle of only about 4 or maybe 5 feet across, but the idea could have suited a smaller or much larger area, depending on how tight I wanted to make the circle or if I wanted a squigglier circle.
I bought enough garden dirt in plastic bags to line the inside of the herb bed. Â The soil here 5 miles from the beach is different from the farmland back in Georgia where I grew up, so I use garden soil that is rich in nutrients not found in this sandy soil. Â I split these bags open–once across the top, once across the bottom, and a long split down the middle–and then folded the plastic flaps back and underneath the bags. The bags were packed tightly against each other. Â This way, the grass and weeds underneath wouldn’t overtake the garden.
Next, I planted some of my favorite herbs, such as rosemary, basil, and mint. These were small plants so the opened bags of dirt were deep enough to accommodate their roots.
Then I shoved in more garden dirt on top of the plastic bags, covering the bags but careful not to bury the herbs.
Last, I arranged bricks in a Stonehenge pattern for my herb garden, and voila!
The photo of the herb garden above is the first planting of the third year of this particular garden.