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Spent the morning erecting this elevated planter from old remainder house brick that original home-owners left scattered all over the property.   I collected it all in a barrel and built this today.  I had already planted the 6 variegated Liriope in a circle knowing I was going to build something elevated in the middle for the larger "Super Blue" Liriope.  I chose not to mortar the brick in any way, so I hope it holds up over time. The compressing potting soil and spreading plant roots should work.  imageimage

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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Just be aware that those kinds of brick will break down quickly with frost and weather. Otherwise, well done.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,788


    It could well provide homes for wildlife too - little bugs, reptiles etc - brilliant!

    Last edited: 22 March 2017 17:59:13

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  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556
    hogweed says:

    Just be aware that those kinds of brick will break down quickly with frost and weather. Otherwise, well done.

    See original post

    :)  Since these have been strewn around on the property, in sun and shade alike, above dirt and below in some cases, ever since the house was built in 1980, looks like these are the "extra tough" variety of brick that survive our freezes pretty well, Hogweed.  They tell me THE famed Howard Hughes' lawyer, formerly of Houston, retired up here in Temple and built this place.  I suspect he made good money working for Hughes and bought the best brick there was, since he also ridiculously added hurricane shutters to all windows and excavated a basement (rarely done in Texas) for this place.   I sure hope such a safety/security concerned person would buy only the best brick available, or at least I like to think he did.  Makes me feel better about the cost of the place.  ;) 

    Last edited: 22 March 2017 20:20:01

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,150

    They look like engineering bricks to me,sharp-looking edges. They'll do OK

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  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556

    Well, the City made it clear when we tried to put a cinder block on the street for heavy trash pick-up (they left it), that they would not dispose of large brick items.  Not wanting to have to make a trip to the City dump's designated drop off ourselves, I decided to put them to some constructive use.  And this was the final product. 

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  • AHRAHR Posts: 361

    Good idea - good for insects too

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