In less than two hours I had a cinder block raised bed garden set up.

Looking around my yard, I saw a few cinder blocks sitting next to my shop, hidden under an overgrown forsythia bush.  Why not put together a little raised bed garden?  It couldn’t be that difficult.  I had seen pictures of raised bed gardens people have made using cinder blocks.  I was surprised at just how fast and easy it was.

I picked out a spot next to my garden shed which was open to the East, South and West and protected on the North by the shed.  After moving two flowering plants, I dug down and turned the soil.

Using two old pieces of 2 X 4 lumber against the shed wall, I smoothed out the dirt and placed the cinder blocks in a rectangle shape.  Smoothing out the dirt so that the blocks sat level on the ground.

First I added a 5 gallon bucked of peat moss and mixed it in with the ground soil.  Then I added two bags of potting mixture and stirred it all up.

I choose two different heirloom tomato plants for the back portion, since they would grow tall and the shed wall could help support them along with garden stakes.

In the center, I placed a medium size heirloom tomato plant.

For the front row, I planted two yellow pepper plants, one in each corner of the bed.  Between them I put two Basil plants.

Last year I had a basil plant in one of the raised bed star points.  Apparently it had gone to seed, because there must be two dozen of baby basil plants coming up this year.  I’m digging them up and moving them to different container and raised bed gardens around the house.

Before placing each plant in their new location, after digging out the holes, I filled each hole with water before setting the plants.  The plants were placed deep into the ground.  When everyone was settled into it’s new location, I gave the entire bed a good drink of water.

The whole process took less than 2 hours and cost next to nothing to set up this little container garden.  I would like to dress up this little raised bed.  Let’s face it, plain old cinder blocks are not really that pretty.  By putting potting soil in the cinder block holes, I could then plant some compatible flowers and herbs that would spill over the edge adding some color to this little creation.

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