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People often ask about our raised beds. A few years ago I was taking the Comprehensive Organic Gardener class through Seattle Tilth and while walking around one the P-Patches I saw that a gardener had used a few painted cinder blocks as part of their plot’s bed. I brought the lovely ladyfriend to see the plot and told her that I wanted to build our new raised beds from cinder blocks and have friends/family mosaic them.
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Now you can start the fun bit! Collect bits of broken glass, tiles, trinkets, etc. You can also buy some mosaic supplies. We got some of our glass from Bedrock in Seattle. Gather up some friends and put them to work!
I love how they turned out! I think they add a real fun touch of color and art into the yard.
We used thinset mortar to attach the tile to the cinder blocks. There are many ways to do this. We applied a layer (1/8″-1/4″ thick) of thinset to the whole side of block and then put pieces in place, pressing in lightly. It is best to plan out your design before applying mortar as it will dry quickly. Have a damp cloth handy and wipe down mortar that squishes up onto pieces. We waited a few days for thorough drying and then grouted them. Now that is a job to try to sucker someone into doing. =)