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Cinder Block Herb Garden

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Being limited on space in our raised garden gave us the motivation to seek out an alternative way to plant our herbs. What better way than putting some old cinder blocks to good use!
We started out with 6 blocks, then decided a 7th was needed in order to maximize the amount of sun some of the herbs would need and finally worked out a configuration that would benefit all!
We didn't glue anything down, just set the blocks on top of each other making sure that the weight was distributed evenly all around so that it didn't topple over in a strong wind. If you did want to secure the blocks together you could use something like PL Premium to adhere them.
Using empty plastic pots from shrubs that we had purchased, we just transplanted the herbs anddropped the pots in the holes of the blocks. Some fit perfect - a couple, not so much. But it works!
We planted Basil, Sage, Dill & Oregano.
Check out the blog for the full rundown & some tips on herbs!

To see more: http://www.hashtagblessedblog.com/2015/05/cinder-block-herb-garden/

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  • Marta Spencer Sturgis
    Marta Spencer Sturgis Redford, MI
    on May 18, 2015

    cute idea especially if your space is limited.

  • Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine
    Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine Maryville, TN
    on May 18, 2015

    Great idea

  • Nora Q
    Nora Q Milbridge, ME
    on May 18, 2015

    lovely and when the vines trail it will look nice, I did this and they do get hot and dry out fast so you need to keep them cooler and watered.

  • Sue H
    Sue H
    on May 18, 2015

    Lovely idea. I think I would have painted the breeze blocks different colours.

    • Cathy
      Cathy Glastonbury, CT
      on May 18, 2015

      I like that idea... It would look like a Tetris game

  • Cathy
    Cathy Glastonbury, CT
    on May 18, 2015

    I would skip the pots and just fill the blocks with soil (line with the black weed barrier cloth) it's an awesome idea.. I just find the pots look awkward sitting in the cement... I also like the idea of painting the blocks... Either something to help then fade into that back ground or just go bright and let them pop and be a focal point for the project

  • Pat Koltz
    Pat Koltz Oshkosh, WI
    on May 18, 2015

    In addition to painting them (which could make them less porous and hold moisture a bit better depending on the paint used, instead of the pots, I'd put landscape fabric in bottom to hold in the soil, but also use a very absorbent baby diaper or at least the absorbent material used to absorb liquid from inside the baby diaper and mix with the soil. Both painting and using the diaper crystals would help with moisture retention without keeping the plants soggy.

    • Nellie Gregoire
      Nellie Gregoire Baldwin, NY
      on May 18, 2015

      Someone suggested that, but it's not a good idea because of the chemicals used to treat cinder blocks that would leach into the soil and absorbed by the plants, plus weedblock fabric is probably also treated with weed killer.

  • Joseph Schneider
    Joseph Schneider West Palm Beach, FL
    on May 18, 2015

    The top of those pots are going to disintegrate over time.

    • Chandra | #Blessed
      Chandra | #Blessed Canada
      on May 18, 2015

      I've never seen that happen before, I'll have to keep my eye on them to see how they stand up to the wear and tear of our bi-polar weather!

  • Dawn K
    Dawn K Green Bay, WI
    on May 18, 2015

    You could line the holes in the blocks with the black paper netting and tape on block them fill with dirt

  • Cathy Phipps
    Cathy Phipps Newburg, MD
    on May 18, 2015

    would you not be afraid if a big storm came the wind would knock them over with force.. i love the idea it looks wonderful..

    • Chandra | #Blessed
      Chandra | #Blessed Canada
      on May 18, 2015

      I wondered about that too Cathy, but it's sheltered on one side by a garden shed and on the other by a large Cedar & the winds we get normally come I those two directions so I think it will stand well. With that being said keep your fingers crossed for me!

  • Phyllis Bruton
    Phyllis Bruton Bluff Dale, TX
    on May 18, 2015

    If you have one spot where the hole goes all the way through, you could drive a piece of rebar through them all and deep into the ground.

  • Karen Prosser
    Karen Prosser Canada
    on May 18, 2015

    could do succulents and creeping jenny as well. I would paint robins egg blue :)

  • Lourdes Andryszczak
    Lourdes Andryszczak Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    on May 18, 2015

    Excellent Idea!!

  • Donna R
    Donna R New Richmond, WI
    on May 18, 2015

    Love your curb pattern.

  • C Y S
    C Y S Brady, TX
    on May 18, 2015

    Water with ice cubes...

  • Channen
    Channen Horseshoe Bend, AR
    on May 18, 2015

    Thank you for this post! I recently purchased a beautiful purple sage and realized that I would have to build a raised garden of sorts to keep the roots from being too saturated. Your idea has inspired me :)

  • Glae LaLuzerne
    Glae LaLuzerne Port Saint Joe, FL
    on May 18, 2015

    I cannot figure out the pattern to place the blocks - I don't know why I'm having such a hard time! Would you mind explaining it to me?

    • Chandra | #Blessed
      Chandra | #Blessed Canada
      on May 19, 2015

      @Glae LaLuzerne Place one block down as your base and then 2 blocks on top of that. Those 2 blocks should face out on either side with one hole lined up on each of the holes of your bottom block. Then lay 1 blocksideways over top the hold the bottom two in place. Take 2 more blocks and place one so that it is sticking out the front - the back hole should line up with half the block that is already lying there. Take the second block and place it so that it is sticking out the left side. Place one more block on top of those two to keep them in place! Hopefully that makes sense!

  • Pascal Tremblay
    Pascal Tremblay Canada
    on May 18, 2015

    Good idea!

  • Deborah Pipes
    Deborah Pipes Lebanon, TN
    on May 18, 2015

    WOW !!! Been looking for a way to put a small herb garden on my porch because I have no yard !!! Thank you !!!

  • Carolsimone
    Carolsimone Grand Prairie, TX
    on May 18, 2015

    That is really a great idea!

  • Della Annette
    Della Annette Los Angeles, CA
    on May 19, 2015

    Great idea! I have been wanting to plant root vegetables. Stacking blocks might be th answer. Thanks!!

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