Frankfort, NY, US

gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Vegetables

Member Since: 03/26/2010

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2013 Design of Concrete Block Raised Bed Garden

After seeing a bunch of folks putting my previous beds on Pinterest I figured Im long overdue for an update. For those of you finding this post for the first time let me fill you in on the past years...

My 2010 Raised beds garden

Here are the current pics of my 2010 garden.  I use concrete block raised beds, filled with 100% compost from local solid waste authority.  In between beds are Black Cedar Mulch.  Not...

Concrete Raised Garden Beds (Easy to build, and fairly cheap)

After years of having a regular garden, and with my wife not wanting to give up more yard I decided to build my first raised beds. But out of what...I wanted a bed high enough so that I could pick...

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Re: Concrete Raised Garden Beds (Easy to build, and fairly cheap)

Thank you everyone for the kind words. To answer some of the other questions still open.

The PVC hoops and construction plastic is what I use each spring to protect younger plants while there is still the danger of a frost. Once the plants get a little size and threat of frost is past I open the garden up and store the plastic and PVC till the following year.

I do not use mortar at all. And with as many times Ive moved these for redesigns Im so glad I dont. This past season (2013), I consolidated all blacks into one major bed and made a trellis entrance. Post will follow shortly.

Bed height- entirely up to your comfort and needs. I prefer to be high enough to make maintaining the beds easy on the joints (Im not getting any younger,haha).

As to freezing temps. Im in upstate NY and currently my bed is under about a foot of snow. After years of doing this and moving beds around yard, my blocks are as good as when I bought them.

Re: Concrete Raised Garden Beds (Easy to build, and fairly cheap)

skocher, sorry I did not get back to you sooner. Havent been on here past couple weeks. Lots of gardening going on.
To answer your question, no, I did not have to mortar them. I havent made my big bed yet, the measurements though will be about 25' long. But my wife and I like theses beds so much I built one on my back concrete deck off my house for flowers (its about 12' long and not as wide). I really like the 26" height (8"blocks x 3 plus 2"cap block). My youngest kid likes sitting on the sides and looking at the small flowers growing. Though I do not mortar them I do fill in some (not all) of the holes after it is all stacked up with stones from the yard or small sections of old 4x4 lumber fits tightly into the joints from top down and kind of locks them in a bit. I just do this on the corners though. Im going to be posting some pics of my newest flower bed so you could maybe take a peak at it if you would like. Have a good day