This year I decided to give a cinder block garden a try. I layed out my plan and estimated I would need 22 cinder blocks to make my first bed. After trying several recycle centers. I headed to our local hardware store. While I was there I met another customer who proved to be my green gardening fairy godfather. I told him how my goal was to be as green as possible and that I hadn't found a recycle center that had cinder blocks to which he responded, "I have quite a few that you can have for free if you can move them." Totally awesome. He was able to give me enough material to make two beds not just one. I was thrilled.
The hardest part of putting in the cinder block garden is moving the cinder blocks. It is labor intensive. I did almost all of the set up on my own. My children watched and cheered me on, but I did not involve them at all in the moving or hauling of these beasts. Here is how we put our garden together.
Step 1: Survive the Haul!!Wear gloves. Cinder blocks aren't just heavy they chew your hands.
Wear long sleeves: They also chew you arms ... just cover your skin, trust me.
Get I dolly or wheelbarrow: I still don't have one of these but it's on my wishlist and would have made the hauling infinitely easier.