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We used cinderblocks for ours, so we can plant in the holes. It was a pain to set up (hauling all those blocks!) but it turned out well!
My husband is a landscaper, and he often has stone leftover after large jobs. We have two raised garden beds built with flagstone, and they have been great. They've held up well over the last 4 years.
My in-laws used cinder blocks with the hollow parts facing upwards. Then they grew ivy in the holes and it draped down over the blocks. LOVE it.
We have a neighbor who has brick L shaped raised beds around a stone patio, they look great!
I would love to do this because the wood around our beds is literally rotting to pieces.
And according to your blog post today you'll have stone to spare once you begin a backyard reno.
There is an awesome one here too: http://ghostmyst.blogs...
Love that one!
we did a brick raised bed!
We're doing a stone raised bed with big gray blocks from Lowes. Looks gorgeous so far and won't ever rot or leach chemicals into the soil!
So much prettier than my cinder block version!
We considered cinder blocks but then opted for the stone blocks when we saw them :)
I've built two wood ones already but if I had to do it again, I would use cinder blocks and either plant flowers or herbs in the block openings. Like this (but in raised bed shape):
This one looks like it's actually made out of bits of concrete patio/sidewalk. Super cheap and still looks good.
My dad created custom forms and had poured concerte put in them for his raised beds. He has 14 of them now, I think. At lease 12. We carved the initials of everyone who has helped over the years. They definitely aren't going anywhere and are great to sit on while picking veggies and fruits. There are so many options out there now!
This looks great! I inherited cinder block beds from the house's previous owners, but here's the drawback... you MUST weed volunteer shrubs early! They let a bunch go and the root systems are so spread out underneath the cinder blocks that I cannot remove them- gonna have to call a professional with a truck. :(
Using stone is actually better!! The stone basks in the sun all day, then holds the heat into the night. Your plants actually grow more because of the extra heat!!
Love these raised beds!
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