This video shows an easy way to make a layered planter with cinder blocks. View the full project here: Cinder Block Step Planter
By Ellen from Ware, MA
Wow - there's somebody else like me out there! I do the exact same thing. Check out my gardens.
I also do the same with my raised bed garden & plant onions in the holes in the blocks. I planted sweet potatoes in the holes last year, guess what? They got so large I had a hard time digging them out of the hole. I will not do that again! I will also plant cabbage & lettuce in the holes, good luck.
I put in a garden last year with two levels of cinderblocks. I live in a rocky area of Central Texas. This garden was so productive and I loved planting herbs and flowers in the small "containers" around the outside.
Another benefit for this type of garden - no tilling so in this extra wet spring, my garden has already been planted with the early crops. Love it.
This picture was taken the last week of April.
This is great, I might do this along the fence to keep the weeds down, they seem to grow there and we can plant little flowers in the holes...great idea!
I put a bunch of these cinderblocks in a circle and put an old metal tray in the middle and then surrounded it with rocks, since I like rocks, and then put an old oven grate or rack over it, so now it is a fire pit.
I have done this off and on for years. My dog loves garlic, and he can't dig up the garlic or other plants that I plant this way. He can get his mouth in the block, but can't open it to pull the plant out! It stops evasive herbs from spreading!
I have surrounded some of my wood raised beds with blocks and it gives extra support to those beds if they are trying to pull apart - helping them to last several years longer.
You do need to water them more often however, as the concrete is porous and absorbs the water.
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.
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).
We have a few cinder blocks in our front garden. I plant things in them. During the cold months, I cover them up with tiles I bought from the home improvement store. We decided to paint them, and this is how it turned out.
How do you make a planter out of cinder blocks?
Here is a really cute project for making planters out of cinder blocks that we just posted.