6 Steps to Building an Inexpensive Cinder Block Raised Bed for Strawberries and Other Crops

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Would you like to raise your own strawberries?

If you don’t have a place to raise them you may be considering building a raised bed. This is smart because it contains them in one area.

Plus, it adds a little separation between the strawberries and the rest of your yard. If you need an inexpensive raised bed idea, I’ve got you covered.

Here’s how we built a durable but inexpensive raised bed for our strawberries:

You’ll need-

·       Cinder Blocks

·       Compost or Quality Soil

·       Strawberry Plants

1. Pick a Spot

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Most crops like to grow in sunny locations. Strawberries are no exception. Therefore, pick a place that gets at least six hours of sunlight during the summer growing months.

Also consider how convenient the location is for you to water and care for. If you put it too far away from the water source, it will make things difficult for you. If the bed is off by itself, it’s easier to neglect too.

2. Knock Down the Grass

Once you have your perfect location picked out, it’s time to ditch the grass. You can do this by laying newspaper or plastic over the location to kill everything.

If you need a faster option, clear the grass away with a weed eater and place a weed barrier over the spot to keep it from growing again. You can also lay newspaper on the spot after weed eating the location. It will stop weeds and also compost to make for richer dirt.  

3. Lay the Block

Cinder blocks are fairly inexpensive which is why we chose them to make our raised beds. Decide what shape you’d like your raised bed to be. The only specification is that you need to be able to reach the middle from either side.

If you can’t, you’ll have to step in the bed to maintain it. This isn’t what you want. Once you know the shape and size, lay the block to form the border.

An optional step is to paint the block. My mom did this with her raised cinder block bed. She painted it white because she wanted a more finished look.

4. Fill It Up

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When your raised bed has been created with the cinderblock border, it’s time to fill the bed up. Be sure to use quality dirt.

If you make your own compost, it would be great to use in your raised bed. We used cow manure that had composted. We were able to buy it from a local farmer and my strawberries have ballooned!

5. Add Strawberries

As stated above, you can use this raised bed to plant most anything you’d like. In my case, I used it as a strawberry bed. The reason being that when my strawberries began to get too large for a bed, I could remove the cinder blocks and allow them to spread out.

If you’d like to keep your strawberries in this bed, be sure to plant less strawberries your first year. They will produce more plants with each passing year. This bed would also work great for growing lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and most other vegetables.

6. Watch It Grow

After you get done planting in the raised bed, be sure to care for your plants. This will require mulching to keep the weeds down, watering, and fertilizing as needed.

Beyond the basic care, you simply stand back and watch everything take off. Hopefully, you’ll have delicious strawberries in the near future.

This raised bed cost us very little to build. It has served its purpose for the past three years, and we’re quite pleased with it.

If you need an inexpensive raised bed idea to raise your strawberries or other crops, hopefully this bed will be suitable for you too.

Keep in mind, you can always stack the blocks taller if you need the bed to be higher. It will only require more soil to grow in.

Hopefully this project has inspired you and will help you to become more self-sufficient. Good luck to you in your gardening ventures.