How to build a Spiral Herb Garden

Let your food be your medicine. And in addition to this I believe that for every disease there is a plant or herb that can cure that disease. So if you have a little space left in your backyard, why not start planting some herbs? Best would be, if you place them not to far away from the kitchen, so that you can easily reach them when you need them.

A spiral herb garden has lots of benefits. To me one of the most important one is, that it has its own micro climates (like shade, sun, water, etc.) allowing you to plant a huge variety of herbs.

Building a spiral herb garden is not that difficult. It is a matter of what kind of materials you have. In my case I had only a few things available as I always try to get along with the materials that are available. This time I had not the perfect size of stones or not enough soil for instance. But it was just right to finish it, in order to show you how it can be done. Another difficulty might be, if your place has a slope, like in my case. But as you will see, even in such a terrain it is possible. The following videos show you the most important steps to build your own spiral herb garden.

1) Preperation
If you don’t want to buy expensive soil use the soil out of old buckets with old plants inside. Therefore you need to separate the soil from the plants including all of its roots. The screened soil store in the meantime in a shady and dry place. For the spiral’s place itself search for the sunniest place in your garden.

2) Weeding
Once you know where you will set up the herb spiral, you need to get rid of all the weeds from the existing soil.

3) Optional: place for aquatic herbs
If you want to raise aquatic herbs, you need to dig a hole and put in a bucket. The stones can be put around the bucket, so that it still fits into the whole system.

4) Weed prevention
To avoid that the weeds are coming back, put onto the existing soil some cardboards.

5) First layer of soil

6) First layer of stones

7) Second layer of soil

8) In case of a break

9) Second layer of stones

10) Final layer of soil

11) Last steps
Be careful with this step and let only skilled people do this.

12) Finished project

Giving is better than taking

Now we are getting into the happy seasons.
I know you are getting excited too.
And it is good, because it is a joyful time.

I just want to remind you what the most important thing is.
It is not about receiving some big presents
or even being jealous about what other got.

It is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Ask Him to come into your heart.
Think about others first.
Think about your loved ones, your family, your friends.
Think about those ones, who need help more than we do.

Give with all your heart instead of just taking
and you will see it is much more joyful.

Love, your Papa.

The Power of Prayers

The sweetest moment of the day is when you are alone with our Lord
and you are praying to Him.

If you don’t know how to pray yet, just start talking to Him.
There is no such thing as a blueprint for praying.
Everybody needs to find his own unique way
how to get in contact with our Lord.

Like in every relationship or friendship,
don’t just pray when you need help.
It is a constant interaction, everyday.

If you really want something
and it comes from your heart,
your soul and your spirit,
He will answer you.

Since our idea of time is different from His,
it might take a while, but He will answer you.

Just remember to pray within His way.
Greedy, selfish or bad wishes for others,
He won’t answer.
But good and selfless wishes,
He will answer.

Love, your Papa.

Walk the Talk

In life you will meet quite a few people
who know how to talk and try to convince you with their words.
But when it comes to action they disappear.

Talking the truth means talking about what is right.
You will know what is right by listening to your heart.
If you know the truth stick to it and put it into action.

Be brave. Even if that means that ‘friends’ will turn their back on you.
Then you will know they weren’t real friends.
Believe me, real friends and Jesus will always stay by your side
even in stormy weathers.

Love, your Papa.

Together Everyone Achieves More

A single piece of paper can be easily torn apart;
but the more papers you put together, the harder it gets to tear them apart.

The same applies to us humans.
In this world, nearly everybody acts selfishly.
Everybody wants to be the best, wants to be better than others.
Comparing amongst each other, pushing others away or making fun of others is the wrong way.

I am telling you my kids:
Don’t go just where the crowd goes. Be different, make a difference in this world.
Be kind to each other; to your brothers and sisters, to your family, to your friends, to everybody.
Learn from each other. Be wise.
Everybody knows something different that you might not know.
Share your knowledge.
So in the end we can all learn from each other…
… and make this world a better place.

Love, your Papa.