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4.18.2014

DIY Cinder Block Raised Garden Bed


We have been slow in getting things done in our yard, mostly because I have a lot of ideas that I just can't commit to (hence my non-permanent yard options, like this hanging herb garden). But we felt the need this year to do away with our old wooden raised garden bed, as it was starting to show it's age.

I really like gray and stone tones, so we found a few DIY yard projects using cinder blocks (I have a bench to make next), including this raised garden bed.  Here is how we did it!

Using 12 of these 8"x8"x16" cinder blocks from Home Depot ($1.58 each), and 12 of these 8"x2"x16" concrete top caps from Home Depot ($0.90 each), some QuickCrete to lightly seal the caps to the cinder blocks, and 4 bags of garden soil (on sale at Home Depot), this total project cost about $45 total.
 
 
The most time consuming part involved clearing our tough St. Augustine grass, and leveling the blocks in the dirt.
 
 
After we laid the 12 blocks in a "key" formation, we topped each with a top cap (using a quick smear of QuickCrete to seal) for a more "complete" look than if we just left the cinder blocks bare.
 
 
 
Then we filled with soil, planted our little veggies, and voila, all done!
 
 
 
 
Not bad for a day's work!

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