Making a Cinder Block Step Planter
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. Cinder blocks are great containers for alkaline loving plants, and work well to create a layered 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.
- 20 half-cinder blocks
- potting soil
- alkaline loving plants
- liquid nails
- Find a nice flat spot to layout your cinder blocks. The half cinder blocks work great for this type of project.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fill the blocks the rest of the way with soil.
- 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).
This video shows an easy way to make a layered planter with cinder blocks. View the full project here: Cinder Block Step Planter