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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!
  • cinder block herb garden, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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!
  • cinder block herb garden, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • cinder block herb garden, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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!
  • cinder block herb garden, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
  • cinder block herb garden, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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/

Got a question about this project?

  • Puleng.vumendlini
    Puleng.vumendlini
    on Apr 17, 2016

    Beautiful creativity indeed, I love it.

  • Cheri Hins
    Cheri Hins Steele, ND
    on Apr 17, 2016

    very neat idea. Love your leaves under the pots too.

  • Snooks1948
    Snooks1948 Yuma, AZ
    on Apr 17, 2016

    Nice Idea if you have left over blocks from a fence, I would paint them some bright colors to liven up the space. but that's me I Love Color... Gray just doesn't cut it.

  • Terrisa Karaus
    Terrisa Karaus Mount Sterling, KY
    on Apr 18, 2016

    Great!

  • La Habra Fence Company
    La Habra Fence Company La Habra, CA
    on Apr 20, 2016

    Use of fence for blocking your garden, make safe and improve the beauty of your garden. There are different type of fence present in the market. You need to choose which suits your garden, metal fencing is one of them.

  • MerriAnn McLain
    MerriAnn McLain Lancaster, CA
    on Apr 22, 2016

    Brilliant, but doubtful it would work here in Albuquerque summers

  • Betty
    Betty Gustine, TX
    on May 28, 2016

    I used this idea to make house numbers for our country house. I painted all but one block to match the color of the house with the top block to match the trim. The top block had the reflective house numbers in the middle. I added 6" pots with seasonal flowers and with change them with the changing of the seasons. I can also decorate with pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns and artificial poinsettia at Christmas. Just a note, you can always add artificial flowers if the weather is too extreme.

  • Dl.leplat
    Dl.leplat
    on Mar 4, 2017

    Not only useful, but it looks like a sculpture too! Very nice!

  • Glendarvblessed
    Glendarvblessed
    on May 12, 2017

    GREAT idea, & it looks high class...GOOD JOB...thanks for sharing...

  • Dj
    Dj Aurora, CO
    on May 12, 2017

    Yes! I'm inspired. That's ingenious. I'm looking for ways to grow herbs and vegetables without tearing up the ground and using tons of money to prepare the soil. This is perfect. I think I'm going to paint my cinderblocks.

  • Colleen Cantelipe
    Colleen Cantelipe
    on May 12, 2017

    That's a great idea, I really like the idea of using them for planters. I used four cinder blocks for a bench outside, and used reclaimed wood from old bed rails for the seat, but spiders keep using the inside of the cinder blocks for their condo, lol.

  • Kitty Swann
    Kitty Swann Larkspur, CO
    on May 12, 2017

    That's pretty cool.

  • Crickit615
    Crickit615
    on May 12, 2017

    There was another artist who spray painted her cinder blocks for a bench. You could do that as well and make them prettier.

  • Trish
    Trish Canada
    on May 12, 2017

    I have made the stepping stones with fine concrete mix and rhubarb leaves. You can put some wire mesh ontop of the right side of the leaf before you add the concrete. This will make the stepping stones stronger!

  • Mary Howard
    Mary Howard Chicago, IL
    on May 13, 2017

    These are going to be awesome once they bloom. I purchased some cinder blocks via another individual and I purchased he cinder blocks. Next is buying some cinder beams and spray them then go wild with colors.

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV
    on May 13, 2017

    I tried that some years ago. I had cinder blocks framing my tomato bed and thought I might as well use the blocks too. Tomatoes were fine but the herbs fried, too hot in my area. If I have them under shade, maybe.

  • Cheryl Smith Altemose
    Cheryl Smith Altemose Rockville, MD
    on May 18, 2017

    Hi I was thinking, couldn't you just put dirt in the hole of the cinder block? Just asking. The way you did it is beautiful and so imaginative.

    • Mcmtigerlove
      Mcmtigerlove
      7 days ago

      Didn't see this until now, so just in case no one answered you. The holes in the cinder blocks go right through the block so, unfortunately you can't put dirt in them, unless you glue something to the bottom. If you do this, make sure you use outside glue. Hope this helps.

  • Trish
    Trish Canada
    on May 28, 2017

    Yes, the top side of the rhubarb leaf.

  • Yofrendonna
    Yofrendonna Newport, MI
    on Jun 3, 2017

    you are a genius. I would probably paint the ugly cinder blocks though

  • Yofrendonna
    Yofrendonna Newport, MI
    on Jun 3, 2017

    genius! I would paint the ugly cinder blocks though to go with my yard.

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