There are a few posts on our blog about the raised beds made with concrete blocks I’ve been putting into my half of garden. The original idea was to plant herbs, strawberries and other plants in the 4″ holes in each of the 4x8x16 commons outlining the garden beds. (Here’s a picture of some lettuce growing in the holes of the beds last summer).
Cute idea, and theoretically it would have worked out great. But the holes became serious weeding nightmares. It didn’t take long before they all started to look like this:
It is virtually impossible to weed crab grass out of holes that small.
The solution? More blocks, of course!
I decided to ditch the holes in the blocks for the new beds I’m putting in. Cost was nearly the same (it’s about the same amount of concrete in the larger blocks with holes and the smaller blocks without), but I ended up spending more in the long run ordering patio blocks to cover the existing beds.
I’ve put in 147 – 33lb concrete blocks so far. Only 117 to go — making progress!