This weekend’s project was a cinder block raised garden bed. Our original intent was to build three raised beds but our bodies and budget gave out at one, for now.
For the most part, it was pretty simple to do and we are thrilled with the results!
Cinder Block Raised Garden Bed
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We started with a blank slate.
Purchased 44 – 8 x 8 x16″ cinder blocks and laid them out where we wanted them (they were $1.32 each at Lowe’s). The first layer was seven cinder blocks long and four cinder blocks wide and the second layer overlapped so eight cinder blocks ran lengthwise and three for the width.
Blake used a hand edger to edge around the brick rows. Then he used a spade shovel to cut out a trench for the cinder blocks. We used a 50lb bag of sand to level the cinder blocks. This was the most difficult part of the job. One of our walls bows a little but we are okay with that.
Once the cinder blocks were in place, Blake broke up the grass and we lined the bottom of our raised bed with newspaper. We’ve found newspaper is the best for keeping out weeds and letting the worms in. It will also disintegrate, unlike yard fabric.
We picked up a half yard of topsoil which filled about half of the raised bed. Then we picked up 15 bags of garden soil from Home Depot to fill it the rest of the way. I had hoped to purchase organic garden soil, however, the price was significantly higher so we opted for the one cubic foot bags at 5 for $10. Perhaps a compost bin is in our future?
We utilized two garden trellis’ we already had and strung string between the two for extra growing potential (I hope it holds up). Exactly one week before, we had planted Blue Lake Green Beans indoors and can’t believe how tall they had grown in just one week! They were seeds we had harvested ourselves from last year’s crop. Wow! It actually worked!
We also planted cucumber starts, zucchini, strawberry, and walla walla onion starts, and carrot and sugar pumpkin seeds. We are starting green peppers indoors too! (The hubby wanted to buy a few starts and we also purchased heirloom seeds.)
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Blake tilled the garden on the side of the house and we planted zucchini and sugar pumpkin seeds, yellow squash, tomato, and sunflower starts, and we still have room for a pepper start and sugar snap peas.
Check out this trellis we made for sugar snap peas. It is the stalks of two sunflowers saved from last year. Think it will work?
There are a few pots where we’ve planted garlic, lettuce seeds, and are looking for a grape tomato start.
We don’t claim to be experienced gardeners but we have had lots of luck growing scrumptious vegetables! Can’t wait to see what this year brings!
What do you grow in your garden?!
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You guys! This is totally awesome! We finally built all three cinder block raised garden beds and it is beautiful!