Herb Wheel Planter (The Gardener’s Rake)

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Create an Herb Wheel planter

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An herb wheel planter is a unique way to grow an herb garden. It is also practical and aesthetically pleasing. Many herb gardens were grown in such a layout in years past.

A wheel planter is essentially a type of a jardinière or container in which one grows plants. Herbs don’t need much space to grow well, which is an advantage for a small yard or garden area. And a wheel planter will use limited small growing spaces to their best advantage.

The shape of a wheel planter will also allow you to divide different types of herbs into sections. This creates a colorful garden and is easy to take care of.

You can buy a readymade wheel planter, use an existing wheel and make the necessary changes or you can make your own out of bought of found items.

One of the most inexpensive easy wheel planters to make is made with bricks or rocks. These two items will also fit into most people’s backyard and home decor.

Arrange your bricks or rocks in a circular shape on the ground to form a planter. Add a few brick or rock lines in the wheel to resemble spokes. If you make the wheel planter 6 to 12 inches tall you will be able to easily enrich the soil and make working in the garden area easier on your back.

To prepare the soil for planting the herbs, first remove a thin layer of the exiting soil to make room for the new topsoil and to cut back on weeds and grass. I use this soil I removed in a compost pile to break down into new soil.

Add new and enriched soil or compost. This will get your herbs off to a healthy start.

Plant a different kind of herb in each section. By planning ahead you can place the herbs in an interesting pattern and color or texture selection. This isn’t necessary but it adds to the interest of the garden. Herbs are interesting, have a unique history, and are very popular and easy to grow. And above all they are healthy because of their various qualities.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.