Battle of the Cinder Blocks

As I mentioned in my previous post, after finally clearing most of the poplar roots from my new herb bed, I discovered that cinder blocks were buried under the dirt — a good five to six inches deep — in about a third of the bed.  Thus the next battle began.

The ruler is sitting in a semi-cleared spot, but is resting next to the regular level of the garden bed.

The ruler is sitting in a semi-cleared spot, but is resting next to the regular level of the garden bed.

The first thing I had to do was uncover the cinder blocks.  To do this, I discovered that a snow shovel worked best, because it had a flat blade and could scrape most of the dirt off with ease.  Then I went over the blocks with an old broom to get as much dirt off as possible.

Freshly Swept Cinder Blocks

Freshly Swept Cinder Blocks

Now it was time for the pry bar.  Fortunately for me, the previous owners had not mortared the blocks together, so this chore was not as onerous as it could have been.  When I was done, I had a decently-sized stack of cinder blocks, a lot of very compressed dirt, and an exposed ant farm.

 

Stacks of Cinder Blocks

Stacks of Cinder Blocks

No More Cinder Blocks 2 -- 8-5-2014

Very Compressed Dirt

Ant Farm

Ant Farm

Finally, the end was in sight.

To be continued . . .

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7 Responses to Battle of the Cinder Blocks

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  2. Adam Cortell says:

    Good luck with your herb bed. It will be satisfying when you have a beautiful garden bed set up there. Sounds like between the populars and the cinder blocks you had your challenges.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      I am really looking forward to how it will look when it is finished (if you can ever truly say that a garden is). Unfortunately, I think the battle with the poplars is just beginning. They are colonizing are yard so badly that mowing doesn’t do much anymore.

  3. The heat has just been too much for our garden. We’ve decided that we are only going to do fall and spring from now on. I admire the amount of work that you’ve put into yours. I’m afraid that I don’t have that much motivation.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      Where do you live? On the SW Washington coast, our temperatures would support a fall/spring garden, but we get too much rain. I keep meaning to do things to extend the season, but other projects always seem to take priority.

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  5. Princess says:

    Super cute! Quick question tohguh…when you brush on the mod podge…does that have to be only on the vinyl…or can you just brush it on without having to be absolutely perfect in how you do it? Thank you!

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