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#3236197 - 05/01/13 09:37 AM Garden Build
BamaProud
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The wife got Spring fever again this year and wanted to grow something. Our yard isn't laid out very well to put in a garden...but where there is a will there is a way. Right?
Off to Lowes 150 cinder blocks including 50 smaller 4 inch wide blocks for the back of the garden.


Here is where I decided to put it in...between the columns its about 40 feet long and 5 feet deep.



Tilled, tilling helped a lot when leveling the cinder blocks.
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The first rung of Blocks and the rear blocks against the fence in place. These were a pain to get level:



2nd tier in place...much easier than the bottom



Its 40X 5ft or 200 square feet of actual planting space.


Still have to stake and backfill the cinder blocks then get more dirt, but we should be planting veggies by Monday.

I also plan to finish the face of the blocks with something to make it look better...I am leaning toward a wood finish but open to suggestions. Not a fan of stucco.
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#3236246 - 05/01/13 10:33 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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You might want to narrow to 4 feet or maybe even 3. You don't want to be stepping in your beds and 5 feet is too far to reach. I would also think about tilling the ground up before you fill in your bed. Depending on your soil, you could end up with a bath tub effect, which may delay your planting in the spring.
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#3236520 - 05/01/13 05:49 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: WMAn]
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Had a little help moving dirt this afternoon. We moved 2 cubic yards into the garden. ...probably need 1.5 or 2 more.



Edited by BamaProud (05/01/13 05:50 PM)
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#3236808 - 05/01/13 10:34 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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The comment on narrowing is spot on. Maybe too late. It would not be so bad if you had access to both sides but your fence looks like it precludes that. Also, be sure to fill in the holes in your blocks. There is a lot of potential in what can be grown in them. Do you have the book "Cinder Block Gardening" by Gillespie? Last time I ck'd it was out of print and very expensive. This book was written by a CO woman on the West Slope. She also operates a nursery as a livelehood.
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#3236940 - 05/02/13 08:15 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: OldFart]
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Yea I thought about planting in the blocks. I do plan on filling them with dirt, so I will read up on Cinder Block Gardening.

The depth is what it is, the I knew it was too wide when I started it, but the design of the fence makes it practical to build it 5ft wide. I don't mind stepping in the beds. If I get tired of it, I'll make the kids do it ;\)
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#3237905 - 05/03/13 09:32 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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It looks pretty stinkin' cool to me.

We just did our first raised bed this year, but it was only 4 x 8. I was worried that we'd be overwhelmed with a bunch of stuff all at once, and I'm not a very practiced gardener.

That "nook" that your fence makes seems like a great place to have the garden, and the proximity to the fence might help you plant some stuff that's not as sun tolerant on the corner or side.

I hope those kids like vegetables! \:\)
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#3237957 - 05/03/13 10:08 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: Crosshairy]
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I think they like the idea of growing stuff more than they like eating it(especially veggies). We plan on putting a blueberry bush on each end, maybe a row of sunflowers along the back where we can't really reach anyway, some watermelons(a small variety) and then some maters, squash and peppers. Thinking strawberries might do well in the Cinder block holes...maybe every 3rd hole.

...I don't have a lot of experience at gardening, so recommendations are appreciated.
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#3240090 - 05/06/13 06:55 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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looks good
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#3241715 - 05/07/13 09:43 PM Re: Garden Build [Re: BamaProud]
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What is the distance between the stacks in the block.
may be on 2 levels high but downhill creep has a lot of force.
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#3242671 - 05/09/13 08:03 AM Re: Garden Build [Re: tndad]
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tndad, I am not sure what you are asking. The bed is 40ft long by 5ft deep.
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