NL Doet – Herb Spiral

On Friday 28th May, River of Herbs Orchards will be participating in NL Doet 2021. We advertised for 6 volunteers to join us to help with putting new plants in the four orchards, all to help provide for wildlife and people. The session will be from 17:00 – 18:30 and we have attracted all 6 volunteers that we requested, so the event is now full. We were also successful in attracting some Oranje Fonds funding for the event. This will really help to add some diversity to the nettle orchard and to help us attract more volunteers. The main intention of the evening is to create a herb spiral in the nettle orchard.

On Friday evening we will be doing the following:
1. Driving in a durable root barrier around the edge of the spiral. This is to prevent runners from an invasive raspberry to get into the eventual spiral.
2. Fill the base of the circle with gravel.
3. Layer reclaimed stone / tiles and soil inside the circle, to create a raised spiral effect.
4. Fill the available spaces with organic herb plants.

The idea of a herb spiral is to provide a varied ecological niches which will allow us to grow plants, not usually able to thrive in the orchards.
Here is a list of the plants that we are going to try to include in the project:

Agrimony
Alliums
Basil
Betony
Borage
Bronze fennel
Calamint
Calendula
Chamomile
Chervil
Chicory
Cowslip
Greater celandine
Juniper
Lady’s mantle
Licorice grass
Marjoram
Mint varieties
Oregano
Orpine
Pimpernels
Primula
Rosemary
Rue
Scrophularia
Shiso
Valerian
Violets
Wood avens
Yarrow

Some of these prefer to grow in sunnier environments than we can usually provide. Some prefer more shady or sheltered situations. This is the purpose of the spiral. Here are a few images of herb spirals, either completed or in construction and found on the internet, to give you an idea of what the group is trying to achieve, together..

Please let us know if you have a wish list of herbs to add to the spiral, or the Orchards as a whole. We want for all of the regular volunteers and supporters of the project to be able to see at least a couple of herbs in the spiral, which make them feel wonderful!

We are also going to be making a lovely bug hotel soon, from natural materials. If you are interested to get involved in that or any of the other activities at the orchards, please say.

Help is always welcome and no experience is needed. Everyone is welcome to get involved.
Email: riverofherbs@gmail.com


Author: Lynn

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