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Garden: Planting In Cinderblocks

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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March 11, 20101 found this helpful

Wow - there's somebody else like me out there! I do the exact same thing. Check out my gardens.

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March 11, 20101 found this helpful

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.

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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March 13, 20100 found this helpful

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.


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May 14, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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July 25, 20170 found this helpful

Cindercrete blocks use fly ash in the manufacturing process. It is very toxic, do not plant edible plants in them!

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July 27, 20170 found this helpful

Garden stores now carry plastic pots that fit inside these cinderblocks. That would be a good idea to avoid toxicity from the bricks.

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