This video shows an easy way to make a layered planter with cinder blocks. View the full project here: Cinder Block Step Planter
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This planter would work great for succulents, grasses, flowers, or strawberries. I chose to use succulents of the Sedum variety but there are a lot of different options.
To have success planting in cinder blocks you will want to use alkaline loving plants. Your also want to plant in a nice flat area. A concrete driveway or deck works well.
I like to refer to this as our Qbert planter, since it reminds of the old video games (see below).
I like to use old cinder blocks to plant things in. When they get big enough, I move them. It is hard for the birds to get into the block or the cats to dig them out before they have grown big enough to transplant. Here are how some of mine look in my garden, I am starting tomato seeds and some wildflowers in a few of them.
By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN
My husband and I planted marigolds and herbs (dill, parsley and basil) in the 2 holes of each cinder block surrounding our small garden plots. This would be especially good for peppermint and catnip that tend to spread all over.
By Ellen from Ware, MA
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Here is a really cute project for making planters out of cinder blocks that we just posted.