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Union County EMG Teaching Garden

Herb Spiral

What is an Herb Spiral?

An Herb Spiral is a highly productive and energy efficient, vertical garden design. Plants can be stacked horizontally AND vertically to maximize space. It’s a practical and attractive solution for urban gardeners.

 

An herb spiral is typically 5’- 6.5’ wide in diameter at the base and rises 3’- 4’. Too wide and the average gardener couldn’t reach the plants. The center of the spiral is at the highest point. The spiral ramp provides a planting area large enough to fit in all your common culinary herbs.  It is similar to a garden bed, but winds around itself. The soil slopes down from the top or core of the spiral and is held in place by rocks, tiles, bricks, or wood. This design allows for high sunlight capture, efficient use of space maximizing edges. Place taller herbs to shade others as needed.

Wind and water are factors as taller herbs can be used to shelter others while herbs needing the most moisture are placed in the lower levels. Owing to receiving more shade, the lowest plants also lose the least water to solar evaporation.

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Herbal Spiral Plant List

Salvia-officinalis-tricolor--philippe-ia

Sage

Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

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In bloom

Common Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Oregano

Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Rosmarinus-officinalis-Gil-Costa-CC-BY-N

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

Anethum-graveolens-foliage--Magnus-Brath

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Garden Talks Schedule

 

10:00 How to Test Your Soil 

Debbie Dillion, NCSU Extension Agent

10:00 Garden Tour 

Syl Walker, Extension Master Gardener Program

10:30 Erosion Control   

Jake Barbee UC Natural Resource Conservationist

11:00 Tree Pruning 101

Keith O’Herrin, Union County Urban Forester

11:30 Intro to Native Plants  

Linda Nelson, President, Wild Ones Charlotte Piedmont Chapter

12:00 All About Daylillies   

John Smethurst, Piedmont Daylily Club

12:30 Garden Tour

Kathy Rushing, Union County Master Gardener

1:00 Growing Lavender in Union County

Mary Roberts, Windcrest Farms

1:30 What are Keystone Plants?   

Linda Nelson, President, Wild Ones Charlotte Piedmont Chapter

2:00 How to Become a Master Gardener

Debbie Dillion, NCSU Extension Agent

2:30  Garden Tour

Kathy Rushing, Union County Master Gardener

3:00  Garden Tour

Syl Walker, Extension Master Gardener Program

StoryTime Schedule

10:00 am

The Poo at the Zoo

Author: Keri Culp

Chris and Frankie: Sight Word Stories 1&2

Author: Christopher Singleton

Christmas Lights

Author: Brooke Kramb

My Daddy Doesn't Need a Cape

Author: Sheryl Smiley-Oliphant

12:00 pm

Applesauce Afternoon 

Author: Brooke Kramb

Chris and Frankie: Can You Help Us Count???

Author: Christopher Singleton

Mystery Book Kathy Gardner

Toulouse on the Loose

Author: Keri Culp

New Baby Coming, New Baby Here

Author: Sheryl Smiley-Oliphant  

2:00 pm Excerpts from two Chapter Books

Boots and TZ and the Magic Cat Tree

Author: Keri Culp

No Clues, You Lose: A Joey Jacob Mystery

Author: A.B. Donohue

Free Dance Class Schedule

Hip Hop

10:00 -10:15 am

Ballet/Lyrical 

11:00 - 11:15 am

Dance Performance

11:30 - 11:45 am

Jazz

12:00 -12:10 pm

Dance Performance

12:30 - 12:45 pm

Hip Hop

1:00 -1:10 pm

Ballet/Lyrical

2:00 -2:15 pm 

Jazz

3:00 - 3:15 pm 

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