I am so pleased with my cinder block garden. I am really glad that I put one in this year.
A sweet friend of mine offered to be my muscle for the day. We set off to the hardware store and got our materials. I had made a sketch of my plan and brought my material list. I have found that planning ahead cuts down on the cost and frustration of projects.
My planning originally consisted of a 10 x 10 cinder block garden, but after doing the costs of those materials, I cut it down significantly. I ended up planning for a 4 x 4 garden instead, and I am definitely glad I did.
My material list included:
Cinder Blocks (I originally wanted to 8 inch x 8 inch light weight kind, since they are cheaper, but the store did not have these)
Organic Dirt (this is was the most expensive thing on the list)
-I found a website that has a dirt calculator to help figure out how much dirt your garden will need. Check it out HERE.
After looking at the truck load of dirt and cinder blocks, I was really grateful for my friend’s hauling help!
I had already picked the area the garden was going to go in so it took hardly any time at all to set up the borders. I placed the weed fabric down in the middle, in a double layer, and began to pour the dirt in. I did not set up any drainage system in the bottom since it is a well drained area, but you could add a layer of sand or rocks if you are in an area with poor drainage.
After filling the area with dirt, I got to work on planting. This year I planted broccoli, squash, zucchini, onions, okra and several different types of tomatoes.
One of the features I absolutely love about the cinder blocks is the extra planting area. I used these extra spaces for broccoli, onions and my helper plants. I chose Lavender and Marigolds this year to help repel the bad bugs. I also love the smell of lavender and the joyful colors of marigolds. I am also going to plant strawberries once I find some and add them in the extra holes.
The holes also leave room to set up a perimeter fence if you need one to keep the critters out.
If you want to make a cinder block garden cuter, you can paint the blocks before using them in your garden. I would avoid painting the insides to the pain won’t leach into the garden, but painting the outside would really make the finished product stand out.
I really enjoyed this project, it was easy, fun and inexpensive.
What do you think?
Until next time…