This seems like an economical and no-rot solution to a raised bed. Maybe even strawberries in the blocks. Like this idea a lot. You can plant in the brick holes as well. Perhaps beneficial plants/flowers?
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"Dog house" is actually hidden access to a doggie door, providing visual & physical security against intruders. Always thought it would be cool to have a dog door into the garage on the side of the house with a covered dog run.