How do I make a cinder block raised vegetable bed?

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I have trouble bending and would like to have a large raised vegetable/flower bed about 3 feet tall

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  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Mar 07, 2019

    That would be a very taxing job on your back. I’m on disability for my back so I can sympathize with you. Maybe you could have a friend or family member who would do the job for you. If not you might be able to give a couple of bucks. In the past I’ve been able to find some teens at a local church.

  • Mary Mary on Mar 07, 2019

    I have a handy neighbor to do the work, but I need a design to withstand hurricanes.

  • Leah Leah on Mar 07, 2019

    A friend has bad back problems. She had some build her boxes on stilts instead of concrete. Her tomatoes, peas, beans, etc. Are great.Boxes have some small holes for draining, and added a little a little gravel for same. Easy to water.

  • Cynthia Tyler Cynthia Tyler on Mar 08, 2019

    My husband made "X"'s out of 2x4's and cut a rain barrel in half lengthwise to sit on the X's. He drilled several drain holes along the bottom and lined them with landscape cloth. Proper soil and water along with a sunny spot on the side of the house and I have fresh veggies and colorful flowers all season. Everything is at about 3 feet off the ground and is just perfect. I am able to walk all around the beds to reach all easily. The components were not heavy during construction but an extra set of hands does help. Happy Garden!!

  • Mary Mary on Mar 08, 2019

    Thank you for your ideas. They were great!

  • Sharon M. Turner Sharon M. Turner on Mar 09, 2019

    I built a cinder block garden in my back yard. It is 100" X 48". I bought enough blocks to make it 3 blocks high. I used a level and string and stakes to get it perfectly straight. I set my first set of blocks in a rectangle and offset the next row exactly half of the block below it. The third row matched the first row. I did not want to use so much dirt so I lined the insides of the rectangle with cardboard boxes ( to prevent water loss) and put a layer of stepped on plastic milk jugs to cover the whole bottom, added my dirt, compost, and mulch. After the first year I had to add 2 bags of garden soil to bring it up to the top again but since then I just add fresh compost and plant in it all year long. I added cinder block cap stones to finish it off and sometime I will stucco the sides to match my keyhole trees. By the way. I'm in my seventies, a woman, and I built it myself. Get help lifting the blocks and save your back. It's inexpensive too.

  • Mary Mary on Mar 09, 2019

    Great advise! This I can do. As one senior to another senior, thank you. I might be older but not finished yet! Lol

  • Sharon M. Turner Sharon M. Turner on Mar 09, 2019

    Go to it Mary. I also built 2 keyhole planters for a peach tree and a pear tree and moved 6 tons of top soil in my little green garden cart. We seniors can do anything we want when we set our minds to it. Good luck.

  • Mary Mary on Mar 09, 2019

    Awesome that is encouraging! I love my little garden cart. Given enough time we could move a mountain if we needed to move it. Lol

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer 5 days ago

    I have the same problem so I purchased a raised planter for 99.00 on Amazon I bought 2 next year I will get 2 more best thing I have done