Want to make a raised bed in your garden?
Then look no further!
This technique for making a raised vegetable garden is certainly the simplest that exists!
Don't worry, you don't even have to be a handyman. Look, it's easy and economical:
For the record, my eight-year-old daughter really wanted have your own vegetable garden.
Only, I was not yet convinced that she was totally passionate about gardening.
So I didn't want to give him too much space in our garden for his new passion. Anyway, not yet!
Since my husband still had spare blocks in the garage, we decided to recycle them.
Well, I can tell you that cinder blocks are great for making a raised vegetable garden.
- concrete blocks
- cardboard boxes
- potting soil
- vegetable garden labels
1. First of all, you will have to flatten the space you have chosen . This step is surely the one that will take you the most time and effort.
When you choose a place to install your raised bed, think about the exposure and sunshine of the plants that you want to put in the ground. Will your plants need full sun, shade or partial shade? Remember to think about the needs of your plants before planting them. This will help you determine how much space you need.
2. After choosing and leveling the location of your raised garden, lay out the blocks , as in the photo above.
Lay the blocks with the holes facing up . This way you can plant your plants in the holes and gain even more space for your vegetable garden!
If you want your bed to be higher than ours, you can also fill these holes with soil (don't waste potting soil) to make them more stable and solid.
3. Lay out pieces of cardboard at the bottom of the bed front to add potting soil. It's a simple trick to avoid getting weeds.
I have also heard that cinder blocks are sometimes treated with chemicals. So, for safety, I used the cardboard flaps to cover the sides of the blocks.
Note: If you don't have cardboard boxes to keep weeds from growing, you can also use woven mulch, like this one. Know that the "cardboard box" method worked really well for us. Now we use it all the time!
4. And now you can add the soil ! We used a good special vegetable soil.
Note: For better drainage, you can also lay a layer of pebbles or straw . But it's not mandatory (we didn't do it for our flower bed).
There you go, so easy! Now you know how to make your own raised vegetable bed :-)
My daughter chose to plant onions, cilantro, tomatoes, carrots and lots of beautiful flowers.
She loves her new vegetable garden! And me, I'm super satisfied with this little easy arrangement for our garden!
If you want to customize your raised bed, you can also paint or paste mosaic on your concrete blocks before putting your plants in the ground.
In the beginning, to make our vegetable garden labels, we used simple plastic spoons and a permanent marker. But since then, we discovered this great trick with corks to make adorable labels for the vegetable garden. Watch:
My daughter is super proud of her new garden. Now she is really looking forward to reaping the fruits of her labor.
I have to admit… of all the gardening projects I've tried, this little raised bed is by far the easiest :-)
And it really works! We are very happy with the result. Not a single weed in sight, which means the "cardboard box" method works well. Admire the result:
Moreover, we are so delighted with the result that we plan to make another bed, but 3 times bigger! So, who wants good cilantro from the garden? :-)