Shocking trunk disclosure (not involving Charlie Sheen *or* Moammar Gadhafi…)

Trip #3 to Home Depot
What ya’ gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk…?
It’s a little Dr Seussian, trying to think about what I came away with last time:
Cinder blocks, tomatoes in chocks,
‘ though, not too much or you’ll ruin your shocks… 
Things that don’t rhyme so well, but also in the mix: Asparagus bulbs, rebar for support of the PVC tubes during our typical nasty Texas hail storms…and beef jerky.
Those white things off to the right are PVC tubing, four inches in diameter.  I’ll be inserting these inside the cinder block holes on the four corners in order to grow a variety of morning glories.  Once I get the bricks and and tubes all in place, the kids are going to joyfully spray paint it all (and each other) forest green.
(I wonder if that’s going to trigger a call from CPS…)
Say…where do you think I’d find best pricing for humus and compost?

Back to the home improvement store…

So, Saturday, I ended up back at Home Depot for (you guessed it) more cinder blocks.  Just four this time!  I took three pictures, but you’re just going to have to wait to see the results, since my e-mail is not letting them come through. 

As Home Depot and its ilk are Dangerous Places for me, I confess that I ended up with two established tomato plants and a set of three asparagus bulbs as well.  (Ok, ok…and a bag of beef jerky…)  But meanwhile, the first level of my garden is completed–with black plastic no-weed barrier (10-year guarantee, and again, cheaper at Home Depot–sorry, brother Sean, assistant manager at the Lawton, OK, Lowes store!).   The main reason that I needed more bricks is that, instead of using fences as the Cinder Block Gardens book shows, I decided to go with additional cinder blocks in the middle, for seating AND to reduce some of the sand/compost/humus concoction that I intend to make.

Also, by putting the cinder blocks with weep holes together in the center, I will have nice places for inserting poles to hold up my upside-down planters I intend to use for my tomatoes.  One other thing I have added that is not in the garden book is that in the corners, I will be planting morning glories inside white PVC tubing for additional color.  What I realized, after I got the initial layout done, is that these same tubes will allow me to cover the entire garden with a sheet in case of our usual Texas hail storms so common in the spring–maybe I won’t lose most of my plants that way.

I know you’re eager for pictures…I will try to get those up tomorrow.  Too bad my soil is not already in–tomorrow is supposed to be a great day for thundershowers, keeping my soil moist and ready for planting.

Hello world!

Well, here we are…my first blog, after all this time, and I’ll be writing about my experience with my first cinder block garden.  I saw this one on television two weeks ago, and, after frantic web research, reading, and a bit of hutzpah, I’ve decided to document the saga for all of you who might be thinking about doing the same.  Wish me luck!

Day 1: Planning, Shopping…and Shopping Again

So, here’s where I started, after hungrily reading Cinder Block Gardens (ebook).

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It’s $20, you can print out what you need as you need it, and it is completely worth the price to get you started right.  Find it here:

After reading the first few chapters, I hopped on to Excel and started laying out my garden.  Here three versions I created:

Cinder Block Garden Layout Spring 2011

I chose version C, went to the store for my blocks (more on this pricing process later–you’ll want to do your own due diligence here), and took the first half home (seems it’s not wise to put 20 blocks in an old minivan…).

Result: Today, I have to go back for part two of the blocks, plus buy four more–Plan C has been altered.

Yes, there will be pics soon…