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Post  hammock gal on 4/23/2016, 8:12 am

Since I joined this forum, I've enjoyed looking at pics of different SFG designs. I searched google for images, and was amazed at the creativity gardener's have in designing their beds. It's mind boggling. Every combination of squares, rectangles, keyholes, and anything else you could imagine. Some people even use cinder blocks. Utilitarian, of course, but beautiful? Well, in this case, I think so. Cinder blocks turned into cinder...ella! If I thought I could lug that many cinder blocks to my back yard without killing myself, I might give it a try. But until then, I'll just admire these pics. I could never have imagined something this pretty could be made with cinder blocks.


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Post  countrynaturals on 4/23/2016, 11:23 am

WOW! That cinder block garden is GORGEOUS!  Shocked Cool
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Post  donnainzone5 on 4/23/2016, 12:50 pm

Hammock Gal,

At 68, I can still haul such blocks one at a time, or a few at a time in a wheelbarrow.  They're what I'm using now for my berry beds in the side yard, as well as a raised bed for an apple tree.  (I dug a hole but encountered lava rock about 14" down....)

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Post  hammock gal on 4/23/2016, 1:20 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:WOW! That cinder block garden is GORGEOUS!  Shocked Cool

Isn't it though? I wish I had the kind of imagination that could come up with a design like that. I always think of them simply as utilitarian, and I would never have imagined them curved like that. Genius!
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Post  Kelejan on 4/23/2016, 1:48 pm

Twice my post timed out.  I will try again.

Lovely!

How many blocks did it take, 2 - holes or 4 - hole?

I would imagine that something like that in a front garden would never offend anyone and would be easy to keep tidy.
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Post  sanderson on 4/23/2016, 2:41 pm

The cinder block garden is very pretty.  However, it is over 5' at the widest and I wonder how they reach the centers without stepping into the planter. I know, cold water.

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Post  trolleydriver on 4/23/2016, 3:34 pm

Here is some more cold water. The cinder block garden looks great. However, I have a concern about those cinder blocks between the paths and the lawn. Stepping over them looks like an accident waiting to happen ... at least for seniors.
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Post  hammock gal on 4/23/2016, 3:57 pm

Here I am with a bucket of warm water...remove the ones that you would need to step over, and make each section one block smaller. No?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/23/2016, 6:55 pm

@hammock gal wrote:Here I am with a bucket of warm water...remove the ones that you would need to step over, and make each section one block smaller. No?

Perfect! I just sent this photo to my mom. I'll have a garden in the middle of the back or front yard yet! HA!
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/23/2016, 7:10 pm

@has55 wrote:yolos, great pic. Does anyone else have pictures? The benefits expressed by Sanderson, Yolos, Kelajan and BeetlesPerSqF ( great name!) is so true.
thanks Very Happy
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/23/2016, 7:27 pm

Wow! Plus, all those hidey holes in each block could be filled with MM and a flower planted in there! Sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtium, you name it! Or herbs!
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Post  Mimi2 on 4/23/2016, 8:10 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Wow!  Plus, all those hidey holes in each block could be filled with MM and a flower planted in there!  Sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtium, you name it!  Or herbs!
Here's a pic of what that could look like...
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Post  Mimi2 on 4/23/2016, 8:11 pm

Here it is.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/23/2016, 8:38 pm

YES! Excellent!
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Post  hammock gal on 4/24/2016, 9:14 am

And a few more cinder block ideas.

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Post  has55 on 4/24/2016, 9:29 am

thank you, thank you, thank you for the pics. awesome.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/24/2016, 9:50 am

I love the arrangement with the succulents...all so resourceful and pretty!
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Post  has55 on 4/29/2016, 12:34 am

@has55 wrote:update: I loved the mulched for my walking path, It has relieve so much unseen anxiety from preventing grass (nut grass and bermuda) from getting in my beds despite weed cloth. Nut grass is so challenging to keep out. Basically, the mulched pathway extended the SFG idea of o-almost no weeding idea to the garden area around the beds. It also allows me to put items on the top of the ground mulch like EMT, PVC, blocks, hoops, etc.. that I needed for a project, without the fear of grass growing thru or around the item causing me to move it to another place or store it  and remove it each time I had to use the item, because i would need to cut the grass in that area.
here's a picture of my poles on the ground without worries of grass or weed growing around them and entangling them.

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Cinder Block Bench

Post  ralitaco on 4/30/2016, 11:25 pm

Has, I'm seeing this in your future:
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/1/2016, 12:45 am

Now THAT is a permanent structure! Nice
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Post  has55 on 5/1/2016, 2:01 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Now THAT  is a permanent structure!  Nice

+1, awesome. how do the keep the back cinderblock that support your back from falling backwards or is it just artwork?
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Post  sanderson on 5/1/2016, 3:56 am

The back looks like art work to me. However, what a nice bench it makes!

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Post  has55 on 5/1/2016, 6:17 am

@sanderson wrote:The back looks like art work to me.  However, what a nice bench it makes!

so simple and so clean looking. I wish we had another view from the back.
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Post  ralitaco on 5/1/2016, 8:24 am

They used a Concrete Adhesive. They did not specify the brand, but there are lots of them. I used some from Lowes to make a 3-high brick ring around a tree for my DW to plant flowers.

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