Each year, we try expand the garden somewhere. Goal being less lawn, more edibles.
This week, we finally got around to creating two new raised beds using cement blocks.
They blend right in with the cement block patio furniture we built last year, and I’m excited about the extra planting room you get around the edge…..It’s like having 52 additional containers to plant in!
I remember my grandparents having these types of beds and I recall them always being filled with tomatoes. I vividly remember the moments when my Grandpa was teaching me about ‘suckers’ and how the stems have all these feelers that root out when planted deeply…and then of course….nibbling away at the cherry tomatoes every time I passed by.
As a kid, they just seemed like big grey concrete thingies….when I look at the ones we recently built in the yard, I see something completely different.
I see long-lasting.
Cement block is very durable and these beds should be around for a very long time.
I see ‘contemporary’.
They’re very neat and tidy looking — clean lines and a bit ‘modern’, ironically enough.
I see affordable.
Each block cost $.88 cents at Lowe’s. The first bed used 26 blocks — $22.88 ….not a bad price for this size of garden bed (roughly 5 feet by 14 feet). You then need to factor in the price of dirt/compost/sand to fill it…which when you buy in bulk is more cost effective and added about another $35 to the final cost of each bed.
The second bed needed to go up another layer so it used 52 blocks.
They were also easy to install….most of the work was spent in ground prep…..our entire yard seems like one big ‘hill’, so we did have to do some leveling by moving dirt and using a layer of sand. I hope to keep adding to this concrete jungle each year.
Now for the fun part….planting.
Cheers to growing your own edibles….how have you expanded your gardening efforts this year?