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    Hello all,

    I have been given a bunch of narrow concrete blocks and when I stack them on their sides, they are about the same height and thickness as a wooden sleeper – however, they are narrow in the centre.

    I’m going to install them as a border to my vegetable beds and plant something in the hollow centre. Besides raising the vegie bed, the idea is that it’ll look good and attract pollinators to the vegetables.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for plants that I should use in the concrete hollows?

    I was thinking of alyssum because you can get perennial varieties, it will spill nicely over the sides and will attract plenty of pollinators.

    All other suggestions are welcome!

    Thanks!

    JB

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    froot_loopzfroot_loopz
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    Id grow marigolds but thats only coz they are my favourites, or calendulas, I THINK some are edible

    #506040
    BobbeeBobbee
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    :wave:

    Nasty Urchins (nasturtiums)

    calendulas

    allysum

    thyme

    prostrate rosemary

    winter and summer savoury

    land cress

    strawberrys

    Bobbs :hug: :hug: :hug:

    #506041
    df418df418
    Member

    JB

    you don’t mention where you are.

    We used “besser” blocks around a bed in sydney and everything we planted in the hollow centre fried.

    David

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    Hummer HumbugHummer
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    df418 post=321143 wrote: JB

    you don’t mention where you are.

    We used “besser” blocks around a bed in sydney and everything we planted in the hollow centre fried.

    David

    Maybe you could plant cacti and succulents in this situation then ?

    I wonder how comfrey would go in this situation ? I would be inclined to try it.. very little, if anything kills comfrey :tup:

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    diannedianne
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    Humbug post=321148 wrote:

    JB

    very little, if anything kills comfrey :tup: [/color]

    except me i seam to have a nack for it:whistle: :blush:

    #506044
    veggie boyveggie boy
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    My border (not in blocks) is lemongrass and then comfrey on the outside of that. Not bee attracters, but my 2 cents worth all the same.

    #506045
    AnjaAnja
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    I would think comfrey roots are to big for such a small space?? What about annual herbs like basil, coriander, spinach?? Flowers – definitely calendular and yes, they are edible! If you want really bright colours, petunia or pansies, or more subtle colous, violas….

    #506046
    Hummer HumbugHummer
    Keymaster

    It will obviously curb the comfrey from spreading, but the tap root would travel down into the sub soil, like it always does and it would survive. Providing you put a small enough piece in to begin with.

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