An old sandbox, a garden without charm on a balcony... In town as in the countryside, just a little imagination to achieve an aromatic garden.
For easy maintenance
Privilege an elevated location. If the area is watertight, drill a few holes at the bottom of the wall of the enclosure or at the bottom of the container: the water thus drained, the roots do not rot.
In the case where you develop this square of aromatics in the ground, delimit it of the rest of the ground by bricks or a small edge of wood... The separation will prevent the proliferation of the undesirable plants.
Old farms often have an abandoned well, an old watering hole, or like here, a pit camped near the house. The cavity in the ground is a remnant from the middle of the last century, when all-concrete has invested the countryside. It now fits the decor thanks to the imagination of the new owners. Lovers of recycling and followers of recycling materials, they will turn this unsightly concrete bin into a very pleasant aromatic garden. Just steps from their kitchen...
Located on a sloping ground, the tray protrudes from the ground. Access is easy for both planting and gathering. The first step consists of backfilling with soil, to raise the bottom up to 10 cm from the edge. Then add a layer of sand (5 to 10 cm), carefully mixed with the soil. The sand can be replaced by concrete to gravel (mixture of sand and gravel). It's about lightening the earth and making it more permeable to water and air. Dependent on the earthworms to take over! If the tank is very exposed to frost and wind, the level of the ground must remain 10 or 15 cm below the borders, to protect the feet well.
To promote the recovery of small plants, the whole is covered with a layer of 10 cm of soil mixed with the soil. It is necessary to predict a settlement of 10 to 20% the first year, that is 4 to 10 cm.
The layout of the ferry
The external aspect is to refresh and the disposition of the future plants to elaborate. The wall is cleaned with a wire brush to remove moss and friable parts. prepared in slip, a lime wall coating is applied with a brush on the concrete. A paint without chemical solvent can also do the trick, the main thing is to avoid toxic products.
To simplify access to plantations and delimit four zones according to different species, two small alleys (transverse and longitudinal) are developed. They are formed of pickets of acacia - almost rot - recovered and split in two.
The organization of plants
The first zone welcomes water-hungry plants: chives, mint, peppers, marjoram, celery, etc. The second is reserved for the annual seasoning: parsley, basil, coriander, celery, dill, common chervil. In the third part, the medicinal plants have the share: various sages, lemon balm, chamomile, verbena... Finally, the last zone gives priority to the Mediterranean plants: thyme, tarragon, rosemary, hyssop, lavender...
Note that the concrete accumulates heat from the sun and warms the earth contained inside the tank. An interesting asset in winter and especially in spring, but sometimes a disadvantage in summer: it is necessary to water abundantly the days of heat wave. And protect the space of slugs that feast on tender leaves.
1. After leveling and removing the old roots, the earth is turned over and ground. It is then leveled with a rake.
2. The earth is lightened by a layer of 10 cm of sand. Although clay, the serious is more draining. Mixing is done by tiller or fork.
3. Picked acacia stakes will form the paths of the garden. Cut to the dimensions of the tray and split in half, they are grooved with the saw (protector removed for the photo).
4. The half stakes for working the land without trampling it are placed flat face up. A hammer or a heavy hammer is used to push them lightly into the ground.
5. A layer of potting soil 10 cm thick is added and carefully mixed. Only the square of medicinal plants does not receive it to strengthen the defenses and therefore the virtues of the latter.
6. After cleaning the tray, prepare a liquid coating: 3 vol. of red or white sand and 1 vol. of white lime aerial. A handful of white cement will reinforce its resistance.
7. Apply the plaster with a wide brush or sponge after wetting the wall for better grip. A second layer ensures a more regular appearance.
8. The buckets are placed on the ground before transplanting. Leave enough space for their growth. The plants that will become the largest will be placed in the north. Dig the earth according to the size of each pot. The plants are removed and the roots cut for a better recovery. The clods of the plants are covered with earth packed by hand.
9. Water abundantly. This operation completes the compaction of the soil. Then water regularly, except Mediterranean plants that prefer dry land.
10. The rock decoration that decorates Mediterranean plants has the function of accumulating the heat of the sun. The stones are placed on the entire surface of the earth.