Have you ever wondered how to make a raised bed garden with cinder blocks? I have a quick and easy tutorial for you, if you’d like to try it.
My daughter saw those raised bed gardens made from cinder blocks while she was browsing Pinterest, and she decided she wanted to make one. This was completely new to me, but I was all in.
I had to cart the blocks home from Home Depot in two trips. Those things are heavy and weigh down the car. Thankfully, an employee loaded them for me. This is one of the times a truck would have been useful… A wheelbarrow will help you move them around, once you have them home.
If I had it to do over again, I would probably just have the blocks delivered. As I said, these are really heavy.
Also, I’m not sure if these are actually cinder blocks or just concrete blocks! They are commonly called cinder blocks, but whatever the technical term is, they make great gardens.
These are easy to make. Ours is pretty tiny, as we were just experimenting, but these can be as big as you like. Next time I will make a bigger one. You just need to buy more cinder blocks!
Here’s How to Make a Raised Bed Garden with Cinder Blocks:
- Place the cinder blocks on the ground to form a rectangle (size optional). You can pound them down with a rubber mallet to make them even and more stable, but we didn’t. If you’re making a really long rectangle, having a level and a tape measure will help you keep it uniform, but those are optional.
- Lay down some weed fabric, cardboard, or newspaper, and add your soil to both the main bed and all of the holes in the blocks. If you like to sit while you garden, leave a couple of the holes in the blocks empty. Then start planting.
I just love how there is one big space plus lots of little spaces to plant. Each of the blocks has two smaller places to plant, so you can plant so many different things. Herbs, flowers, plants, whatever you want! (That’s like having a bunch of small pots; but these won’t blow away.)
My daughter planted vegetables in the main section and marigolds in some of the small spaces. (Did you know marigolds repel some garden insects?)
Now if we could just keep the rabbits away…
Raised bed gardening was brand new to me, but now I’m fully on board. I hope that if you’ve ever wondered how to make a raised garden bed from cinder blocks, that this post has helped you.
Are you doing any gardening this year?
This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2023.
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