I just got done reading through the Square Foot Gardening thread and some of the folks there were talking about building their beds out of cinder block. How tall do you usually build it and do you use anything to keep the blocks together?
I have beds that are 1, 2 and 3 block high. they are layed dry, meaning no morter between them, my husband said "never work" well that was in '94-'95 and they are still standing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> when I really dig the beds in the spring or fall sometimes if I push the shovel up against the top block it will come loose and I will have to reset it, no big deal though. I did stager them like you see on a brick house or regular block wall.<br><br>
One thing I did find is that I nedded to get the ground below the base row pretty level for them to look nice and be stronger, I did use a hand level on some but eyeballed most of them testing out the blocks as I went.<br><br>
Some of he blocks are just on top of the ground and some were dug into the ground an inch or so. My beds only have 3 sides because I'm working on a hillside so it's a combination of raised beds and terracing.<br><br>
I didn't have the luxery of extra dirt when I first built my beds, so I left the blocks themselves empty, if you have the dirt I would suggest filling them w it to give a little more stability, plus it gives you that little extra bit of ground space to plant something in.