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How to Grow Tomatoes in Cement Blocks

By Tracy Morris ; Updated September 21, 2017

In the article “Micro-Gardening,” author Maggie Heeger states that a small-scale garden is a way to get back to nature while living in the city and at the same time save grocery money by growing some of your produce yourself. Micro-gardening can be done on any scale, but one of the simplest ways to grow a small-scale garden is to create quick and easy planters using cement blocks. The holes in cement blocks become instant containers when filled with dirt.

Place your cement block in a sunny location, and tip it so that the holes that run through it are facing up.

Fill the holes in your cement block with finished compost.

Remove your tomato plants from their containers by tipping the containers on their side and gently tapping to release the plant.

Move the soil in the center of each cement block hole to create a pocket in the compost for the plant.

Place one tomato seedling in the compost in each hole, and move the compost until it is level with the first two leaves of your tomato plants.

Water well.

Check the compost daily, and water whenever it becomes dry. The compost should feel damp to the touch.


Things You Will Need

  • Cement block
  • Compost
  • Tomato seedlings
  • Garden trowel
  • Watering can


  • For growing tomatoes in cement blocks, use smaller tomato varieties such as cherry or dwarf. Larger varieties of tomatoes require approximately 5 gallons of soil space to thrive.

About the Author


Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.