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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cinder Block Gardening


Succulents Thriving In Cinder Block Wall Planter

Originally, I saw the above link and (1) thought it would be a good project for my 12-year-old daughter and me, (2) that it would inhabit unused space, and (3) it would grow food.

My daughter was OK with one and two, but not three.

She had her own idea and it was to add color to the driveway of our home.

I’m OK with that because in “allowing” her to have flowers, she engaged in the concept of cinder block gardening.


The project consists of nine cinder blocks and four cinder block caps. The caps are used at the top of cinder block walls to finish them off.

Because the exposed holes of the cinder blocks are planted, where two cinder blocks are stacked on top of each other, a cap separates them to keep from having to use excess soil to fill the hole.


A Google search of cinder block gardening will show a myriad of possibilities.



The greatest expense was the plants my daughter and I chose. The cinder blocks and caps were less than $20 and the cost of the plants was about $32.


We decorated the resulting garden with some stepping stones and garden ornaments from the nearest Dollar Tree store.


In the end, it makes no difference if we did not plant food. We had great fun together. We accomplished a great project. She took an interest in growing things.

I call that success.

She knows “we” prep, but I never force her to join in.

Thus, when she liked my project proposal, but wanted to put her spin on it, I grinned from ear to ear.

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