Cinder Block Herb Garden


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!

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10 questions
  • Ellen
    on Apr 16, 2016

    Did you make those pretty leaf stepping stones, too?

    • Chandra | #Blessed
      on Apr 19, 2016

      My mom did! She poured concrete mix on rhubarb leaves. Aren't they awesome?!

    • Ellen
      on Apr 19, 2016

      Creativity runs in the family, I see! They're great!

  • Ann
    on Apr 17, 2016

    You guys have a fantastic idea. Any ideas on what to seal the blocks?

    • OhSally
      on Apr 17, 2016

      The plants are in pots...why would you have to seal the blocks?

  • Gloria
    on Apr 20, 2016

    Nice idea! Also, I love the beautiful concrete border. Did you purchase or design this yourself?

    • Chandra | #Blessed
      on May 30, 2016

      We splurged a bit and purchased it! It's called quik curbing and is awesome!

    • Gloria
      on May 30, 2016

      Thanks so much! I'll search the web for it.

    • Arlie W
      on Jun 10, 2016

      Is That quik curbing actually concrete/cement or plastic. And, is it something you make with forms, or comes like that ....I love it too.

  • Wendi Antonacci
    on Jan 24, 2017

    What happened when they grew large? DI'd you throw away at end of season and buy new following year?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 26, 2017

      Basil only has one season and oregano gets tall but is happy not to spread o.

    • Esther
      on Mar 4, 2017

      Basil in Arizona is a perennial, if kept in filtered sun. My friends & I have plants that are at least 3 years old & thriving. Mine is in a 10-12 inch pot & grows like a bush!

  • Yes
    on May 12, 2017

    What is the very best organic soil to use in my container garden?
    I have four large pots...
    Thank you.
  • Jeannie.mcquaid
    on May 12, 2017

    Concrete blocks get hot sitting in the sun and hold the heat long into the evening. Don't your plants dry out really quickly in those small pots?
    • Sha21618276
      on May 12, 2017

      I think I may try this, but I will put it on the east side of the house and away from the south, if I actually get around to doing it... lol, so it would get the morning sun and afternoon in the shade. The sun down here in Arkansas gets really hot. May have to water it every other day and if that isn't enough, every day.
    • Ellen
      on May 12, 2017

      Probably have to water 2x a day.

  • Ev
    on May 12, 2017

    Love the stepping stones! Can you tell us about them? Purchased or created?
    • Peggy
      on May 12, 2017

      I made some similar stones using a large elephant plant leaf and some cement. I've seen directions on other sites, so if you google stepping stones, you'll probably find details. Good luck.
    • Anna
      on May 13, 2017

      If you have the program Pinterest you can search and save stepping stones
  • Patricia
    on May 13, 2017

    Where did you get the border?
  • Cookie Whitehouse
    on May 13, 2017

    do you have a clearer picture of block configuration - hard to see from these pics. Thanks
  • Sandy White
    on May 28, 2017

    How many cinder blocks did you use. Its hard to tell with no side or rear view.

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  • Yofrendonna
    on Jun 3, 2017

    genius! I would paint the ugly cinder blocks though to go with my yard.
  • Corrie
    on May 13, 2018

    Great idee gonna do it on our porch

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