Today I built a raised garden bed. I had planned to build one out of redwood until I saw the prices. Creating a decent sized bed would have been well over $100 just for the wood alone. At the same visit to Home Depot, I saw that concrete block was only $1.05 per block. I ended up buying 36 blocks to create my bed. Each layer is made from 18 blocks.
I had to dig out my yard some for the back section of blocks. I then laid out my first layer of blocks using a 3 foot long level to make sure they were at least mostly level. After that I used construction adhesive to attach the second layer of blocks to the first. I have used the adhesive to hold together some other small walls I made before, and it worked out well. Once the wall was built I laid 1/2 inch hardware cloth on the ground to keep gophers out of the bed.
Once I get the dirt in, I plan to plant some Jalapenos, Habeneros, and Bell Peppers in the bed. With the low price of the block, I should be able to build another bed for this year.
While working on my project, I even got to see a sun halo. That isn’t something I have seen often here in San Diego.