• Autumn garden updates

    It's that time of year when things start to slow down in the garden, the weather is cooler too which makes it a great time to think about autumn garden updates.

    Whether you're ready to have a good tidy up, plant new trees or hedges, start a veg patch, to make those changes you just didn't get round too during summer or just to take stock and re-evaluate your space, this blog is packed with ideas and tips to get you started.

    Autumn tidy up

    Traditionally autumn is the time to start get on and tidy up the garden, mainly because the garden will have lost its bright and fresh glow and will be looking a little bit bedraggled.

    Arm yourself with a good pair of secateurs and set to work cutting back old growth of spent plants and flowers, remove any dead plants, cut back rapid-growing herbs such as oregano and mint, hard prune roses and weed beds and borders.

    Lawns will still continue to grow up until 5 degrees Celsius so keep mowing but only on dry days, you could also tidy up the edges if your lawn edges garden borders if you prefer a really neat finish.

    Update at your own pace

    Now that the BBQ and alfresco dining season is well and truly over it's a great time to think about starting your autumn garden updates. There’s less pressure than in spring or summer to have the garden ready for a certain time so you can move at your own pace, however fast or slow that may be.

    If you’re looking at starting a complete garden redesign our design team can help you by creating a WoodBlocX design that is totally bespoke to your garden free of charge. Simply call, 
    email or fill in the quick form and we will do the rest for you. Our versatile modular system can be used to create fully integrated gardens that include planters steps, raised beds and retaining walls, that can be built by you saving £££s on labour costs.

    If a complete garden redesign is out of the question, check out our 'Transform your garden in a weekend' blog.


    Painting sheds and fences, cleaning greenhouse glass, trimming bushes, replacing rotten raised beds and repairing patios are all jobs that cannot wait until next spring.

    Make a list of the jobs you need to do in your garden and tackle them starting with the most important. Keep your eyes peeled for special offers of paints and materials at DIY stores and garden centres.

    What can I plant in autumn?

    Best veg to plant in autumn

    Don't let the cooler weather deter you from growing your own food, there's still lots of different crops that can be grown at this time of the year.

    Our top five crops to sow and grow throughout autumn are:

    • Spinach
    • Winter salads
    • Garlic
    • Broad beans
    • Onions and shallots

    Winter salads are best sown and grown in a greenhouse and for broad beans, choose a sheltered spot in the garden, by a fence or wall to protect them from high winds.

    Plants to sow and grow in autumn

    Autumn is a brilliant time to add plants to the garden as the ground is still soft and warm which will give the roots time to establish over winter ready for spring. Here's a list of varieties you can plant in autumn.

    • Spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinth
    • Trees, shrubs and hedges
    • Fruit trees
    • Raspberry bushes
    • Wildflower seeds
    • Sowing or laying a new lawn

    For more autumn planting tips head over to the RHS.

    Inspiration for your autumn garden update using WoodBlocX

    We've picked four functional design ideas that will make brilliant autumn garden updates using our modular system.

    Log storage

    For anyone with a log burner, fire pit or chiminea log storage is vital, our benches make a great functional space-saving solution, just leave the bottom of the bench open and fill with logs.

    Tree edging and benches

    Autumn is the perfect time to plant new trees and hedges. If you want to create a feature out of new or established tree our Tree Edging range is ideal, choose from a simple surround or add a bench.

    Raised beds and borders

    Replacing old raised beds with WoodBlocX will provide years of maintenance free gardening and is a great alternative to railway sleepers or wooden boards.

    Fire pit seating

    Combine seating with planting, choose from curves or angles, add log storage - there are endless design possibilities using our modular system.

    Need more garden inspiration?

    For more ideas and inspiration for your next garden update head to our homepage to see our huge range of raised beds, planters, ponds, garden furniture retaining walls.

    You can also find out more about our FREE Bespoke Design Service to help you get the very best WoodBlocX solution for your garden.

  • Free Design Service Prize Draw

    From Friday 27th August 2021 - Friday 19th November 2021 every order received via our Free Design Service will be entered into a prize draw to win a Fire Pit worth £350! Competition terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Our Free Design Service aims to help customers to get the best possible result for their gardens using our raised beds, retaining walls, ponds, furniture, steps or a combination of any of those structures.

    The Prize

    Made from innovative Corten Steel, the Fire Pit Bowl will make a great addition to the garden. After a few days of putting it in your garden it will develop a protective, rust-like surface which protects it from further erosion. Thanks to this natural weathering, no two fire bowls are the same, making this a unique feature for your garden. Whether it's a party with friends or a dinner with family, having a warm, stylish and entertaining focal point.

    Using our Free Design Service

    How to get started

    All you need to do is think about what you want to create in your garden, is it a raised bed for an awkward space? A retaining wall for a sloping garden? A replacement pond? Borders for a driveway? Garden furniture to fit the whole family?

    Our modular system has limitless design potential and we love a challenge! Our team works of projects of all size for both domestic gardens and large-scale commercial projects for Landscape Architects.

    Tap your details into our quick and easy online form

    We just need your measurements and an idea of the type of structure (or structures) you would like, don't worry if your ideas are vague, we can work with that and equally if you know exactly what you need but simply need some reassurance or a second opinion, we are always happy to help.

    Sketches and links to ideas are optional but always helpful, some customers send screen shots from their phones or links to Pinterest boards.

    Follow the quick steps in our form and you can submit your request in just a few minutes.

    You can fill the form in here

    Just have your measurements to hand and the form will guide you through everything else.

    What happens next?

    One of our friendly design team will be in touch with any questions about your request. In 2-3 days you will receive a design pack by email featuring an overview of your design and the cost.

    The pack will also include alternative designs to consider that could also work for your space. We can then discuss your design and make any changes needed until you are happy with your design.

    Click the button below to see an example of our design packs.

    Free Design Service/Fire Pit Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
    There will be one Winner in total.
    The Winner will be picked at random.
    The Winner will be announced across the WoodBlocX social media channels and notified by email.
    The prize is a Fire Pit up to the value of £350 inc delivery, we will endeavour to supply the style shown in the image directly above these Ts & Cs, however this may be subject to change depending on availability, any change to the prize will be discussed with the winner.
    Once the winner has been in contact, the prize will be organised and sent directly to their delivery address.
    The competition is open to residents aged 18 and over, in the UK only.
    No cash alternatives available.

    Free Design Service

    Head to our Design Service page to find out all about this brilliant FREE service that is available to everyone.

  • How to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX

    How to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX

    In this blog we explain how to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX, quickly, easily and without the need for any specialist tools.

    The beauty of using a raised pond is that you don’t have to dig a great big hole! By using a WoodBlocX pond you can create a raised pool that can be put on any surface, even a patio, allowing you to incorporate water into your garden very easily. Our ponds are just as easy to assemble as our raised beds, plus we can even calculate what size liner you’ll need. Choose from a pre-designed pond kit, use our pond calculator tool or send us your ideas and we will create a design for you.

    Create the perfect pond

    We have two styles of ponds which are available in a range of different shapes and sizes:

    Single Skinned Pond
    Sizes from 1-2m

    These small ponds are ideal for small gardens pr tight spaces. are ideal. These design range from 1-2m in size as the single wall can only cope with a certain amount of water pressure. Prices start from  £147.00.

    Shop our small pond designs.

    How to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX

    Double Skin Ponds
    Sizes 2m+

    Our large pond designs are able to cope with much more pressure and can be built to any size up to 1250mm in height. Our designs features an inner pond which is 750mm thinner and shorter than the outer skin.

    Shop our large pond designs.

    How to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX

    Water blades

    We don't supply water blades for your pond but we can adapt your design to accommodate one.

    Helpful tools to have to hand before you start your build:

    • Sprit level for checking the surface you’re planning to build on
    • Lump hammer for knocking the BlocX in place
    • Small hand saw to trim the dowels on the final layer of BlocX in order to fit the capping
    • A retractable knife (or similar) to make incisions for the pond liner
    • Brackets if you are building your pond on concrete, otherwise ground spikes are provided for builds on grass and soil to attach the structure to the ground

    Here's how to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX...

    WoodBlocX raised pond

    Your WoodBlocX delivery will look similar to this. Everything you need here, wooden blocks, capping, dowels, angle plates and your bespoke pond liner. All wooden parts are cut exactly to the sizes requested so there’s no waste at the end of the build.

    How to build a raised pond

    When you have decided where your raised pond bed will sit in the garden, you will need to level the ground, once this is complete carefully set out the bottom layer of BlocX. Refer to the instructions to check where the supportive buttresses and angle plates need to be positioned.

    How to build a raised pond

    Our clever dowel system holds the structure together, simply knock these into the recess holes, make sure you refer to your instructions to ensure you’re putting them in the correct places - we provide full step by step instructions with every kit.

    How to build a WoodBlocX pond

    Angle plates need to be placed on the supportive buttressed for extra strength and on the corners of the final layer before you add the capping. Once you’ve reached the final layer before the capping is added, cut the dowels down by three notches using a saw. Now you're ready to fit your liner.


    You will need to cut the liner to fit over the capping, this will not cause any leakages as the water level should always be lower than the capping. Lastly, fit the capping with a lump hammer, using a protective piece of wood to ensure you don't damage your caps.

    That's how to build a garden pond using WoodBlocX!

    Pond inspiration

    Bespoke raised ponds
    Raised timber pond

    Start your next garden pond project today

    Our pre-designed kits, pond calculator tool and design team are here to help you get exactly what you need for your garden.

    What our customers say about our raised ponds

    Read more of our customer reviews here.

    The benefits of garden ponds

    Water in a garden has an enormous value to wildlife, bugs such as pond skaters and water boatmen live in the water, birds can drink and bathe in it, and amphibians such as frogs, toads and even newts will make a home there too. With this additional wildlife in residence, your plants will benefit too; the amphibians are great slug-eaters, and the increased insect diversity will attract other bugs that will feast on aphids and other plant pests. Plus, of course, all this life is fascinating to observe.

    Read more about the benefits of garden ponds here.

    Best plants for garden ponds

    All ponds benefit from a variety of plantings. Broadly they can be divided into three types – the oxygenators, the floating plants and the marginal plants. However you plant up your pond, always make sure you include some kind of ramp for creatures such as frogs and birds to get in and out of the water safely, otherwise they may drown.

    Here are some good choices from each of the plant groups to really get your WoodBlocX pond off to a great start:

    • Marginal plants. These are the plants that live at the water’s edge – and while they like their roots to be in permanently damp soil, their foliage and flowers are borne above the surface. Yellow flag irises (Iris pseudoacorus) and a variety of rushes and reeds will give a natural look. You’ll need to construct shelves around the edge of your pond (standing the pot on a brick is fine!) for the plants’ pots to sit on at the correct depth – check the label for this information.
    • Floating (also known as aquatic) plants. Water lilies are the most popular of this group, and lovely to include. They are available in a range of colours, but Nymphaea odorata types will add fragrance as well as beautiful flowers.
    • Oxygenators. These are essential to keep the water healthy, but can need reducing every year to prevent them taking over the pond. Most live submerged in the water. Good ones for smaller ponds include Hottonia palustris (water violet) which bears purple flowers on the water’s surface in spring and Eleocharis acicularis (water grass).

    To really complete the look, some WoodBlocX ponds offer the ability to add beds at the side of, but not part of, the pond – plant these up with a bog garden and you’ll have a beautiful, calming and wildlife-friendly pond in no time.

  • Modular retaining walls - the benefits of using WoodBlocX

    WoodBlocX is ideal for building modular retaining walls, making it a great alternative to bricks, stone and railway sleepers. We’ve provided a rundown of the materials you can use to build retaining walls in your garden and how the WoodBlocX retaining wall stacks up against them.

    WoodBlocX modular retaining walls

    Lets start with our versatile modular timber system. WoodBlocX retaining walls make a fantastic alternative to brick, stone, gabions and railway sleepers they are ideal for landscaping your garden and they can be built easily by you, without the need for concrete foundations, substantial groundworks or cutting lengths of wood.

    Made from sustainably harvested Scots pine, the BlocX themselves are lightweight, easy to handle and building requires no heavy lifting. The structures are held together a series of strong dowels that fit into pre-drilled holes which have been pressure treated with our water-based preservative to ensure 100% off the wood is treated, making them extra strong, we even guarantee our structures for 15 years but they're expected to last around 30 years.

    How much can they retain?
    Each dowel can withstand a tension force of up to 0.9 tonnes. A single WoodBlocX modular garden wall can retain earth up to one metre (approx. 3”). For customers that require higher walls we recommend using a terrace design, which looks great and creates additional planting areas.

    All of our structures are made to measure so there's cutting or waste during your build and we supply steps by step instructions and links to helpful videos ahead of your delivery to ensure you have everything you need for building. We provide step-by-step instructions for building all of our structures and you can find out how easy it is to build a WoodBlocX modular retaining wall click here.

    Garden design ideas - WoodBlocX retaining wall ideas
    WoodBlocX retaining wall and step ideas

    Brick retaining walls

    Brick retaining walls are a common choice, but these materials can prove expensive and need regular maintenance. You will need to include foundations to build on to create a stable structure. To build a wall yourself could prove to be challenging as you need to ensure the bricks are laid straight and level and the mortar mix is correct. If you’re not experienced in bricklaying it is best to enlist the help of a skilled tradesperson. This can be costly and is another added expense you wouldn't get with a DIY product. 

    Gabion retaining walls

    Gabion retaining walls are made using gabion baskets and cages. They provide a more industrial look and are generally used for retaining earth where water is close by and for extremely high retaining walls. No foundations are needed with gabions as they are super strong, you can buy them pre-filled or you can by the baskets and the stone separately, this option is generally cheaper but it is important to seek information about filling them correctly to ensure an even weight distribution.

    Railway Sleeper retaining walls

    Railway sleeper retaining walls are popular and single lengths of railway sleepers can be used to build a wood retaining wall for the garden; but the individual pieces can be very large and heavy. To secure the lengths in place you will need reinforcing bars and a large drill bit to create the holes for the bars. The old treated sleepers contain harmful chemicals too, which can have an unpleasant odour and leach into the soil. New untreated versions are available, but they will become susceptible to rot after only a few years. You can read more about the pros and cons of using railway sleepers for retaining walls here <add the comparison blog>

    How to make more out of your WoodBlocX retaining wall

    We pride ourselves on offering a versatile system that adapts perfectly to your garden. A WoodBlocX retaining wall never has to be just a retaining wall! We can seamlessly integrate steps, seating and planting areas into the design.

    Bespoke garden furniture
    WoodBlocX retaining wall ideas
    The benefits of using raised beds

    Cost saving

    Our customers find building our structures straightforward and enjoyable and WoodBlocX modular retaining walls are no exception. All of our kits can be built in the same way and we provide step-by-step instructions to guide you through.

    Many of our retaining wall customers have told us that by using our system and building it themselves they have saved a considerable amount of money. Check out Ryan’s story; he originally asked a building company for a quote to build his terraced walls. The cost was way too high, but thankfully he found us! Click here to read the case study.

    What our customers have to say about WoodBlocX retaining walls

    Head to Feefo to read more reviews of products and services

  • Lockdown garden activities for kids

    Lockdown garden activities for kids

    To all of the parents that are homeschooling and juggling working and as well we know how stressed out you are, many of our team are in the same situation and we too shudder at thought of another Joe Wicks workout (sorry Joe)! So with this in mind we have collated four lockdown garden activities for kids to use up an a few hours during the school week, or even at the weekend because who knows what day it is at the moment anyway?!

    Lockdown gardening activities for kids: Build an insect house

    Whilst the garden may look a little bit sad at the moment they are in fact full of materials that can be used to make an insect house. Bug houses can be built out of lots of different materials, pine cones, twigs, bamboo canes, bark, moss, branches, any plants that have dried out, straw and whatever else that can be found found. Raid the shed or garage for some spare pallet wood and/or a few bricks and start designing and building a magnificent home for insects.

    Building a bug hotel in January will give insects such as wild bees, butterflies, moths, lacewings, spiders, ladybirds time to settle in. Build in a sunny spot that is sheltered from wind and rain and by the time spring and summer arrives your hotel will be a hive of activity.

    For those that don't have a garden, collect materials and search for the perfect spot in a local park or woodland. The RSPB has a great step-by-step guide to follow - here.

    We've added some inspiration below from our recent Instagram saves.

    Lockdown garden activities for kids - Build an insect hotel
    Lockdown garden activities for kids - Build an insect hotel
    Lockdown garden activities for kids -Build an insect hotel




    Sow seeds - what to plant in January and February

    As far as lockdown garden activities go planting seeds should be one of them! There's loads of edibles that can be planted now and kept on a warm windowsill where children can keep an eye out for the seeds germinating. Chilli, aubergine, broad beans, lettuces, salad onions, spinach, cauliflower and many more vegetable and salad varieties can be sown in January and February. Sowing plants indoors now will ensure seedlings are ready to transplant into bigger pots or raised beds, vegetable plots of containers in the spring.

    For flowers; plant sweet peas indoors or create a wildflower container that can be stored outdoors in a sheltered area or in a greenhouse. For loads of helpful advice on what vegetables and flowers to sow in January and February head to the RHS website.

    Lockdown garden activities for kids - Seeds to sow during January and February

    Lockdown gardening activities for kids: Build a wooden raised garden bed

    Build a raised bed out using a WoodBlocX easy to build do-it-yourself kit, which kids can help to build with a little supervision from an adult, or use any materials that are available, from wooden boards, to railway sleepers or even bricks.

    Giving kids ownership of their own growing space also means they are more likely to be invested once the seeds you sow are transplanted in the spring. A raised bed can be a great way to do this, being raised off the ground also makes it easier for youngsters to reach.

    Here's three quick-to-build raised beds that children will love.

    Wildlife spotting

    It may not look like a hive of activity but our gardens are still full of life at this time of year. Go on a bug hunt and lift up rocks, look under bushes, on the underside of leaves and try and find and identify as many different creatures as possible.

    The RSPB's Big Bird Watch runs from 29th - 31st January, download a spotters kit to see how many different birds visit your garden over those three days.


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  • Raised bed Q&A spring 2020

    Raised bed inspiration

    We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from the last three months, with everything from pest control to watering. If you have a specific question feel free to get in touch via email - [email protected] or phone 0800 389 1420.

    How do I create an accessible garden?

    Raising the height of your garden beds and borders makes gardening instantly more accessible, but you also need to consider the layout of the rest of the garden. Paths and steps can prove troublesome, opt for wider paths if possible, especially between raised beds if you have more than one. Our wooden raised beds can be built at heights between 0.25m - 1.05m and each structure is strong and sturdy enough to sit or lean on.

    Read our accessible gardening blog here.

    Can I build raised beds on a slope?

    Yes! Raised beds can be used to landscape a sloping garden by stepping the structures to follow the incline, this is where our free design service is priceless, we will do all the calculations and design specifications for you, simply tell us a little bit about the space you have, the size of the structures you would like and send a couple of photos so we can build a picture up of the space and we will work out exactly what is needed to landscape your hilly garden.

    Click here to find out more about our Free Design Service.

    How do I keep pests out of my raised bed?

    If you have problems with rabbits we recommend building your raised bed at 0.35m and above to prevent them getting to your prized plants and veggies. Crop protectors can provide some cover, especially from cats, insects can be a little more difficult to control but there are friendly ways to keep them out; adding a bug hotel nearby will help encourage beneficial insects into the garden who can feast on pests such as greenfly and black fly and if you add a bird feeder they will repay you by picking out insects too, bit make sure you add a deterrent to keep them away from seedlings and strawberries!

    Use our raised bed calculator to input your own sizes and get an instant price.

    How much soil do I need to add to my raised bed?

    If you are filling your raised bed completely then a simple way to work out how many litres is length(m) x width(m) x height(cm), but if you are adding a drainage layer to the bottom, subtract the height of the layer from the equation so you don’t over order. We advise customers to use a good topsoil mix and add a soil improver or compost mix to the top layers.

    For 10 reasons why WoodBlocX raised beds are great for your garden click here.

    How often should I water my raised bed?

    This totally depends on there time of year but during warmer weather water twice a day, early morning and in the evening to prevent the sun scorching the plants. Solar or electric watering systems are a really good option if you struggle to lug watering cans around the garden. Raised beds also warm up quicker in the spring and cool down slower when the weather turns cold, which is brilliant for growing in general.

    How do I improve the health of the soil in my raised bed?

    Raised beds are a great solution for gardens with poor soil as you can select the type you use. We advise customers to use a good topsoil mix and add a soil improver or compost mix to the top layers. Sandy soil is the best all-rounder. Using a bought-in topsoil rather than using up any surplus from the garden gives you much more control over weeds. Soils can be made richer through using your own homemade compost or manure, adding mycorrhizal fungi when planting is also a great way to boost soil and plant health in the long-term.

    How do I improve the drainage of my raised bed?

    Raised beds can be accessed without having to walk on them, this prevents soil compaction, which also improves drainage, helping plant roots to grow more freely and take on more nutrients. WoodBlocX raised beds of all sizes allow for drainage through the air gaps between each block, customers building our raised beds directly on patios, tarmac and concrete could benefit from a drainage layer at the bottom if the bed - stones or gravel can be used for this. 

    Can I build a raised bed on a roof or balcony?

    Yes! WoodBlocX is perfectly suited to balconies and roof gardens thanks to the small light weight blocks which can be easily moved around, whereas lengths of timber and heavy railway sleepers can be difficult to get up stairways and into lifts. Our raised beds and planters can be made to fit tight or narrow spaces and will instantly add character to your outdoor space.

    Find out about our free design service here.

    What weedkillers or fertilisers can I use when growing plants in a raised bed?

    This is entirely up to the individual, we recommend using products that are kinder on the soil and environment, check for products that are clearly labelled natural, biological or have the stamp of approval from organic growing organisations such as the Soil Association or Organic Farmers & Growers Association. For weeds you can remove by hand or, if you're keen to use the no dig method, and have a space that you're starting from scratch with you can cover it with a sheet to stop the light getting in and then remove the weeds once they have perished.

    To find out more about our wide range of raised beds and the different shapes and sizes available click here.

  • Planning a raised bed garden

    We asked our designers Lachlan, Calum and Harry to provide some helpful tips to consider when planning a raised bed garden.

    There are so many benefits to adding raised beds to your garden and our modular system makes it really simple to install them, cutting out labour costs and providing you with a planting solution that is practical, durable and attractive.

    Our timber raised beds are made up of series of wooden blocks that are pressure treated which makes them super strong, the blocks are held together by strong dowels and this combination ensures your structure will not crack or warp.

    The versatility of our system means the design possibilities are almost limitless, our team of skilled designers work closely with customers on a daily basis to ensure they get the best solution for their gardens, whether it’s a singular raised bed, multiple raised beds or a completely bespoke garden design.

    Planning a raised bed garden - What is the best position for a raised bed?

    Lachlan says: Look for an area of your garden that gets the most sun. Ideally, the location for your raised-bed garden receives at least eight hours of sun (you can provide shade if it needs it, but you can’t add sun). Other considerations are level ground, good drainage, and access to water.

    If you want to maximise growing space for edibles, plants or flowers, think about the paths that are existing or that you're planning to use. Could you create a different path layout and add additional raised beds?

    For 10 reasons why raised beds are great for the garden click here.

    What is the best size for a raised bed?

    Calum says: The length of a raised bed doesn’t matter just keep in mind you will need to walk around it to get to the other side.

    Ideally, the depth of the bed is from 350-650mm deep. Almost all crops can be grown in this depth of raised bed. We wouldn't advise making any single height bed more than 2.5m across otherwise you'll have issues tending to the centre of it. Consider creating a higher section within which will allow you to lean over and gain better access.

    Use our raised bed calculator tool and add your preferred to sizes and you can see what benefits the height offers.

    WoodBlocX best selling rectangular raised timber bed shapes
    WoodBlocX stepped raised bed

    How to maximise space in the garden using raised beds

    Harry says: If you're limited for space, consider how you might blend the use of a single area. For instance, if you'd like to include seating consider integrating it into the wall of the raised bed instead. If you've got a sloping area and need to retain or landscape it, use one of our raised beds as a retaining wall.

    You can browse our popular pre-designed raised bed kits by heading here or use our free design service. 

    Design for your garden

    If you need advice, guidance or have any questions about using raised beds in your garden contact us directly via phone: 0800 389 1420, email [email protected] or click on the live chat box over on the left of the page. We offer all customers a free design service to ensure everyone gets exactly what they need for their garden.

  • Christmas competition | WIN WoodBlocX and more

    Christmas is coming and to make it extra special for three lucky people we some excellent prizes up for grabs1

    First prize is £750 to spend on WoodBlocX

    Choose from raised beds of all shapes and sizes, seating, ponds, retaining walls or speak to one of our designers who will create something totally bespoke.

    Second prize £200 M&S voucher and third prize £100 M&S voucher

    …Because who doesn’t love an M&S voucher? Fill up on festive food or pick up some last-minute gifts for friends and family.

    There’s plenty of chances to win, make sure you share with your friends and family!

  • Edinburgh's Saughton Park

    Saughton Park is one of Edinburgh’s top ten parks, close the river Leith it has facilities for sports, recreation and has a rich history of growing plants for medicinal purposes. The park’s walled and physic garden is where the term ‘occupational therapy’ was coined thanks to the pioneering horticultural work of Dr William Lowe more than 100 years ago.

    The Physic and Kitchen Garden, as it is now known, recently underwent a huge transformation, plans to replace the 1950’s sensory garden for the blind, which had fallen into disrepair, began at the start of 2019 and resulted in 17 large WoodBlocX raised were installed with several structures featuring integrated seating to create a functional space for both visitors and volunteers to enjoy.

    The garden is looked after by Friends of Saughton Park, which is split into different groups and look after various parts of the park, the Physic Garden team, who were keen for the garden to appeal to all ages and abilities, designed and planted it. The group is also known as the 'lotions and potions' group, each of the WoodBlocX wooden raised beds that make up the garden each relate to different parts of the body, the plants within a particular bed each have medicinal properties relating to a particular part of the body. The central raised beds have been designed around parts of the body and the plants chosen are beneficial for that area, or ailments or diseases affecting it e.g. the heart bed contains foxgloves which have been used in the treatment of heart conditions since the 1700s; the oncology bed contains snowdrops whose active component is galanthamine, which used in anti-cancer treatments.

    Our top three raised beds for growing edibles

    Raised Bed Best Seller
    Size: 2.25 x 1.125 x 0.45m
    Price: £344.00

    A perfect size for a small vegetable, fruit or herb patch, or for adding some ornamental planting to any area, this raised bed is proportioned to be half as wide as it is long. It is narrow enough to reach all the plants without having to step on to the bed itself. The extra height also makes maintaining the plants that little bit easier on the back and knees, or for tending from a (wheel)chair.

    WoodBlocX best selling raised bed shapes

    L-Shaped Raised Garden Bed
    Size: 2.625 x 1.125 x 0.75 x 0.35m
    Price: £340.20

    A big upright and a small sticky-outy-bit, this L-shaped kit is perfect for awkward corners that have just a small bit of cornering to do, for instance coming into a gate or the end of a wall by a door.

    Octagonal Raised Bed
    Size: 1.65 x 0.45m
    Price: £344.20

    This planter would make a striking centrepiece to a front or back garden or patio, and could be used for planting almost anything. It is deep enough to accommodate a small specimen tree or shrub that could be underplanted with bulbs or shade-loving plants.

    To find how easy it is to build with WoodBlocX and to find out why our structures are so popular click here

  • The ageing process

    All of the best things get better with age, wine, whisky, cheese, gardens and WoodBlocX! A key characteristic of our timber raised beds, planters, retaining walls, steps, ponds and garden furniture is that the wood fades to a beautiful silver/grey colour over time.

    The fading doesn’t affect the quality of the wood, your WoodBlocX timber raised bed will last up to 15 years without any annual maintenance. To ensure our customers get the best lifetime out of their WoodBlocX garden structure we only use slow-grown sustainable Scots pine, not from the heart of the tree which tends to be weaker, all of our wood is locally sourced and rough-sawn to give it a beautiful natural texture. We then pressure treat it using a water based preservative which penetrates almost 100% of the wood and means our products are ideal for organic gardeners or anyone who prefers to steer clear of chemical-based products.

    Colour changes

    Your WoodBlocX kit will go through several different colour stages, on delivery it may be slightly damp (not so much so during the warmer weather) with a slight green tinge (left), this is because all of the wood has been treated before leaving our sawmill, this will fade in a couple of weeks after exposure to sunlight (right).

    Here are some examples of the ageing process of our raised beds. One of our customers installed their original L-shaped planter more than eight years ago and ordered a brand new large raised bed and multi-tiered corner raised bed to border the garden.

    There is no annual treatment needed but if you would like to add a splash of colour to the garden all of our structures can be painted with a quality outdoor paint.

    Our timber raised beds and planters make a fantastic chemical-free, strong, long-lasting and attractive alternative to railway sleepers and wooden boards for raised planting in the garden, our unique modular system can also be used for ponds, steps, retaining walls and seating.

    Browse our pre-designed kits, add your preferred measurements to our time-saving calculators or get in touch with our team to get a free design for your garden.

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