Cinder Block Raised Beds: Cinder block raised beds

Page 1 of 5 • 1 2 3 4 5
Views: 11980, Replies: 90 » Jump to the end
Cinder Block Raised Beds

By plantladylin
February 4, 2013

Have a few old cinder blocks lying around? They make great tomato or vegetable/herb planters for small spaces. Place in a sunny location, turn them on their side, fill with compost/soil, and pop in your plants. The cement holds in heat around the roots.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 3, 2013 7:05 PM CST
Lin you are the best. I've been thinking about using cinder blocks for the last several months. Tomorrow I will call and see how much they are.
I love that photo you used. Lovey dubby
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Feb 3, 2013 7:16 PM CST
Do shop around for them! Our local garden centers and hardware stores charge twice what they cost at Home Depot!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
vic
Feb 3, 2013 7:24 PM CST
I would think they would be cheapest at a place that sells brick, mortar, block, etc.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 3, 2013 7:38 PM CST
I will woofie, thanks for the heads up.
We have several businesses around Salem that make them. Will be interesting to see if they are even cheaper than Home Depot.

I just check on line for HD. They have one for .99 cents. That sounds pretty good.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 3, 2013 7:39 PM CST
We cross posted Vicki. Smiling
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
fiwit
Feb 3, 2013 8:29 PM CST
How timely! I was just thinking about cinder blocks today... I'm cleaning out the "junk room" and have some old wooden bi-fold closet doors I never found a use for. I was thinking that maybe I could build a bed with cinder blocks and put the bi-fold sections in front of them for aesthetics.
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
PA (Zone 5b)
Image
DEMinPA
Feb 4, 2013 5:32 AM CST
I'm retired and I decided I wanted a few strawberries. I went to a place where they make blocks and bricks and bought "seconds" for $.50 a piece. A load of topsoil and strawberry plants and added bunny M & M's. Now I hope I can sit down to pick the berries.

Thumb of 2013-02-04/DEMinPA/ce36ba

Don
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Image
Joannabanana
Feb 4, 2013 8:08 AM CST
Wonderful gardening idea Plantladylin! I had about 8 left over from my veggie raised garden project and stacked them in my garden stuff storage area along the side of the house. I use the blocks to store all my bamboo sticks and other plant stakes.
[Last edited by Joannabanana - Feb 4, 2013 8:33 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #355106 (8)
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 4, 2013 8:33 AM CST
DEM, thank you for that idea on seconds. That would make it about 1/2 price. Thumbs up
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
vic
Feb 4, 2013 9:13 AM CST
I'm so old I remember when concrete block was 18 cents a piece *Blush*
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 4, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Beam me back Scottie. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Feb 4, 2013 9:40 AM CST
um ... I did use a couple of old cinderblocks at our old house years ago for planters, but I don't remember submitting this tip. *Blush*

And, the photo is not mine ... credit goes to Greenfield (Diana)! Great photo! Thumbs up
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 4, 2013 10:03 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing That is why the photo looked familiar. I've been to Diana's place. It is amazing. Thumbs up
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Image
Joannabanana
Feb 4, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Still an awesome tip, who ever submitted it. Thanks Dianna and Lin
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 4, 2013 11:03 AM CST
I agree
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Feb 4, 2013 11:06 AM CST
I just love that raised bed in her photo ... makes me envious. I wish I could have something like that but we live in a deed restricted community and we are extremely limited to what we can do in our own yard. Grumbling
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 4, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Even the backyard?
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
Image
RickCorey
Feb 4, 2013 2:13 PM CST
They look better if you paint them with a roller. "Sand" kind of fades into the background. You c an smooth the surface somewhat by rubbing two blocks against each other, or rubbing them with a brick. Then you have to wash the dust off before painting.

Hiding the holes with some kind of top cover (like a paving stone) also makes them look better. That also makes it easier to set things down on them.

I think it would take a triple row before they were high enough to sit on!

Someone planted trailing things like lobelia or alyssum in the holes, and they hide the blocks a little.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Feb 4, 2013 2:30 PM CST
You know, I have never had any luck planting things in the holes. They always end up dying on me. What am I doing wrong??? I even tried lining the holes with plastic grow bags so the water wouldn't all run out the bottom immediately. sigh.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Feb 4, 2013 3:17 PM CST
What did you plant in the holes woofie?

Page 1 of 5 • 1 2 3 4 5

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Cinder Block Raised Beds
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Lilium 'Pink Perfection'"