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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.

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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.

Supplies:

  • 20 half-cinder blocks
  • potting soil
  • gravel
  • alkaline loving plants
  • liquid nails

Directions:

  1. Find a nice flat spot to layout your cinder blocks. The half cinder blocks work great for this type of project.

  2. If you plan on stacking higher than 3 high, you will want to run some rebar so that it doesn't topple over if someone bumps it. Even with a shorter version like mine, I would recommend using a little liquid nails to attach the 2nd and 3rd row of blocks. Cinder Block Step Planter - first row
     
    Cinder Block Step Planter - second row
     
    Cinder Block Step Planter - third row
     

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  3. Once you have your layout set up, put gravel in the bottom of all the planters. Make sure to leave room for 6 inches of soil. Cinder Block Step Planter - planter with soil and gravel
     
    Cinder Block Step Planter - adding gravel
     

  4. Fill the blocks the rest of the way with soil. Cinder Block Step Planter - adding soil
     

  5. Then put in your favorite alkaline loving plants.

I like to refer to this as our Qbert planter, since it reminds of the old video games (see below). Cinder Block Step Planter - Screenshot from the video game qbert.

 

Cinder Block Step Planter - finished planter
 
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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

Nice. I have used Liquid Nails to cement masonry blocks together (small projects). It is amazingly strong.

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