Over a year ago, I created an outdoor seating area in my yard with a few cinder blocks and some wood. Sadly the top of the bench didn’t last long. Just before this summer, the wood warped, and the adhesive that held the wood to the cinder block base of the bench dried up. I debated whether to fix the bench or find another use for the cinder blocks.
My family and I never used the bench much, so I nixed the idea of rebuilding it. (Even though the bench was pretty!) I thought about building a fire pit with the blocks, but my daughters didn’t think we’d use it much. So I opted to use the blocks to make a quick DIY planting bed for some fall mums!
The planting bed on the side of my home’s driveway has been problematic. The bushes the builder planted there died within a few years and everything I put there doesn’t survive. The ground there is super hard, so it’s hard to plant anything. A raised bed is perfect since I can bring in soft, nutrient-filled soil for plants.
Building a DIY Raised Flower Bed
12 Cinder Blocks
12 Concrete Bricks
Approximate Total Cost: $42
To make the raised garden bed, I simply laid my 12 cinder blocks out in a rectangular pattern with the holes of the cinder blocks facing up. I was going to top the cinder block holes with cinder block caps, but those things are heavy! I really didn’t want to lift 12 of those into the car. So I used 12 concrete bricks instead, at a cost of just 45 cents each. I simply placed a concrete brick over each cinder block hole.
I filled the raised garden bed with a colorful selection of annual mums. In all, this project (including my run to the home improvement store to get the bricks, soil and mums) took less than 3 hours.
I was thinking of using Quikcrete to mortar my cinder block planting bed together. I might eventually, but the bricks and cinder blocks are heavy enough that they stay in place. I will leave it as-is so far.
I’m thinking of getting more soil for the raised planting bed. I would like to add more mulch around the bed to soften the look of the cinder blocks. I think the raised garden bed will look great once the mums fill out.
What do you think of my DIY planting ideas? Is there anything you’d add or change? Please share in the comments.