Top tips for growing your own and looking after your garden.

Whether you're planting up your first ever WoodBlocX raised bed, or your a veteran allotment gardener, here you will find a wide variety of hints and tips keep your garden in tip-top shape.

What is the best material for making a raised bed?

There are many different types of materials that can be used to build raised garden beds. From treated wooden blocks, to railway sleepers and bricks, each material can vary in cost and annual maintenance must be considered. Our customers tell us they spend time researching the options to find out which material is best suited [...]

Christmas and New Year closing

Our office and warehouse will be closed from 5pm on Tuesday 21st December, reopening at 9am on Monday 10th January 2022. If you have any questions or need some help during that time please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and [...]

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 [...]

Do I need drainage behind my retaining wall?

The answer to this is very simply yes you do need drainage behind your WoodBlocX retaining wall. Here we will take you through the process from selecting the right liner to ensuring that you have the right materials to hand ready for the build.  Drainage Including a drainage medium behind your WoodBlocX retaining wall or [...]

When to use a retaining wall

Retaining walls can make all the difference to a garden, but when do you need a retaining wall and what is the benefits? You may have existing walls that need a refresh or rebuilding, or you may want to consider installing one if you have a sloping garden, uneven terrain, or you wish to landscape [...]

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 [...]

Free Design Service Prize Draw – Terms & Conditions

From Friday 27th August 2021 - Friday 19th November 2021 every order received via our Free Design Service will be entered into a draw to win a Fire Pit worth £350. Our Free Design Service aims to help customers to get the best possible result for their gardens using our raised beds, retaining walls, ponds, [...]

What to use for a retaining wall

How long will a retaining wall last? Retaining walls can be built for a wide variety of materials, each offers different lifespans and styles, the type of material that is best for you depends one or a number of factors including; style as your garden may have a very specific style or theme i.e. cottage [...]

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 [...]

Latest delivery information

We are typically delivering our raised bed, retaining wall, garden furniture, pond and bespoke kits in two-three weeks. This slightly extended delivery time is due to a combination of high demand and ensuring that the appropriate safety measures are in place within our business. When browsing our products you will always see the most up-to-date [...]

Garden landscaping ideas

Whilst our website is full of garden landscaping ideas, this blog shows you how you can achieve brilliant garden updates in one day, over a weekend or a little bit longer. Each idea uses our innovative and easy to build modular system and shows you how it can be used to build beautiful raised garden [...]

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 [...]

Quick garden updates

Making quick garden updates using our modular system is really straightforward, from ensuring you get exactly what you need, to placing your order and even building the structure. As these updates tend to be very specific to you and your garden we suggest using our free design service and let our experienced designers work out [...]

Small garden design ideas – buyers guide 2021

Our Small Garden Design Ideas guide aims to give you heaps of inspiration for your next garden project, whether you have a small garden, a patio, a courtyard or you have a small space within a larger garden, we will show you how you can use our modular system to totally transform your plot into [...]

Rob’s small new build garden transformation

Finding ideas for small gardens is the easy part, but transferring those ideas into a design that works perfectly for space available can be tricky, especially is the garden is sloped or on an incline. Our customer Rob struck the right balance of functionality and style whilst creating a design for his sloped garden that [...]

Best garden furniture 2021 – Buyers Guide

We have created our own Garden Furniture Buyers Guide to help you make the right choice for your next garden furniture purchase. We have a wide range of styles plus a free bespoke design service which will enable you to get the perfect seating solution for your garden. Our seats and garden furniture makes a [...]

Win a WoodBlocX design for your garden + installation worth £5000!

Create the garden you have always wanted using WoodBlocX, our modular system can be used to build beautiful and long lasting raised beds, garden seating, retaining walls, ponds and more. We are giving away a £5000 update for your garden, the prize includes a WoodBlocX design of your choice, and installation. Click here to enter [...]

Garden ideas – transform your garden this spring

This is your spring dose of garden ideas courtesy of our wonderful customers and their gorgeous gardens. So if shows like Your Garden Made Perfect has given you inspiration to tackle your garden terrace, boost your borders or pep up your plot then you have come to the right place. These ideas are sure to [...]

Raised bed, pond and retaining wall inspiration

We have made getting inspiration and costs for your next raised bed, pond or retaining wall project quick and easy. Whether you know exactly what you want and just need to add your measurements or you need some help, guidance or inspiration, we have got you covered with our calculator tools and free bespoke design [...]

Garden design – How to get a free design for your garden in three simple steps

Designing an entire garden or even just a certain area can be a daunting prospect which is why we have made our free design service as quick and simple as possible, in just three simple steps. Whether you’re a new homeowner, the owner of a new build home with a fresh plot to put your [...]

Gardening for better health and wellbeing in 2021

We asked Annabelle Padwick, the founder of Life at No.27 to share her expert advice on how gardening can improve mental health and is a powerful therapy for positive wellbeing. Annabelle is a professional gardener, wellbeing therapist, children’s author of YOU CAN grow your own food, feature writer for Kitchen Garden magazine and potato growing addict. [...]

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 [...]

How to build a retaining wall

How to build a WoodBlocX retaining wall Here in the UK our gardens comes in all shapes and sizes, if you’re lucky enough to have a flat garden you may not need a retaining wall, garden edging or curbing may be better suited to you, but if your garden slopes up or down retaining walls [...]

Summer competition 2020

With sunny holidays to far away places on hold or cancelled this year, many of us will be staying at home and of course spending even more time in our gardens, which, judging by feedback and photos from our customers, is not a bad thing at all. Our summer competition is all about making the [...]

How to build a raised bed – the complete guide

Our raised beds are really easy to build because everything you need is included in your kit, here we explain how to build a raised bed in one complete guide. The wooden components used to build our DIY raised beds are all pre-cut so there’s no need to saw the wood and there’s no waste, [...]

National Gardening Week Q&A

We ran a Q&A session over on our social media pages during National Gardening Week 2020 covering anything to do with our products and services. We've compiled them all below. Do your products work on uneven surfaces? We recommend levelling bumps and lumps out before you build. If you have a sloping garden our system is [...]

Planting a raised bed garden

Building raised beds and other garden structures using our modular system is easy, planting an edible garden is fairly straight forward too, but ornamental planting can be a little bit trickier, how many plants do you need to fill the space? Where should you position them? Will they grow too big? What will provide colour [...]

Stay Home Photo Challenge Gallery

We knew our 2020 Easter weekends were going to be a little bit different this year we decided to celebrate our customer gardens and show everyone the wonderful spaces that have been created using our raised beds, ponds, walls, steps and seating. We received lots of photos and wanted to put them all in one [...]

Raised bed Q&A spring 2020

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 [...]

What raised bed shapes can I make using WoodBlocX?

We’re best-known for our rectangular raised beds, they're functional, attractive, durable, long lasting and easy to build - but what other raised bed shapes can you make with WoodBlocX? The modular nature of our timber raised bed system means that switching up to circular, hexagonal or octagonal raised beds is really easy…this is not something [...]

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 [...]

Spring competition 2020

Spring is when the garden really starts to come alive again and there is no better feeling than being outside in your own little haven with the sun shining and the birds singing.  So whether you’re an avid gardener and you love sowing and growing plants and edibles or if you’re more of a laid-back [...]

Gardening for Schools

WoodBlocX are just like kids building bricks and are versatile and simple enough to build anything you can imagine! Ideal for school and nursery projects, landscaping with WoodBlocX will improve any outdoor area. Because the parts are small and require little technical expertise, everyone can get involved. In many of our projects for schools the [...]

Planning your 2020 garden

We asked expert gardener, gardening writer and multiple WoodBlocX raised bed owner Rob Smith from Rob’s Allotment to share his top tips for planning your 2020 garden and he has not disappointed. If you want to get ahead for the coming year read on… It may sound crazy, but winter is the best time to [...]

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 [...]

How to install a raised bed in winter

In this blog we're going to give you some tips on how to install a raised bed in winter. We’re not suggesting you go out into the garden on a freezing cold day and build a WoodBlocX raised bed...however, if you are planning on getting one in place ahead of spring then now is an [...]

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 [...]

Small garden ideas – Raised garden beds and planters

Generating small garden ideas and finding products for small gardens that fit the space perfectly can be tricky. Our modular system can be designed to fit spaces of all sizes, the only limitation is your imagination. Our designers have worked on raised bed, pond, seating and retaining wall designs for customers who need a functional [...]

New build garden transformation

New build gardens are often small and uninspiring, this garden design case study is full of ideas for transforming a blank canvas into something beautiful. Simon and his partner had lots of ideas for transforming their small new build garden. Their story is filled with ideas for small gardens and large ones. Tell us briefly [...]

Outdoor furniture for gardens large and small

It can be tricky to get creative with standard garden furniture, whilst there are lots of different types and materials available most stick to standard designs, our garden furniture, on the other hand, can be anything you like! We can create bespoke designs that fit your garden perfectly and you don’t need to worry about [...]

Relax…our summer competition has launched

Summertime is all about the garden, being outside, eating, relaxing, listening to the calming sounds of the bees , birds next door’s lawn mower, next door’s dog barking, next door's squeaky trampoline…! We have some summer competition prizes that will help you to forget about the neighbours and make the most of your garden including [...]

Use WoodBlocX for edging, borders and bases

Our modular system is ideal for building raised beds, planters, garden furniture, walls and steps and it can be used for a few other garden essentials including edging and kerbing and decking, shed and greenhouse bases too. The versatility of WoodBlocX means that all structures can be designed so that they are completely bespoke to [...]

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 [...]

Spring competition 2019

Summer is nearly here which means garden updates are well under way ready for a summer full fun, relaxation and BBQs…if the weather is kind to us! We’re giving two lucky winners the opportunity to receive a £500 e-voucher to spend on our website. Choose from raised beds, planters, ponds, seating, walls or use our [...]

Rob’s Allotment – Crab apple trees and perennial vegetables

Rob Smith knows a thing or two about gardening, he won the 2015 BBC Big Allotment Challenge, is a regular writer for popular magazines; Kitchen Garden and Garden News, he is also a seed guardian for the Heritage Seed Library and has a range of grafted vegetables and cut flowers, its safe to say he’s [...]

WoodBlocX Planters

Our maintenance-free wooden planters are ideal for patios, driveways and balconies, made from high quality Scots pine, which is treated with a water-based preservative to make them hardwearing and long lasting. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of plastic products you use in the garden a WoodBlocX planter is an excellent choice and it [...]

Smart Gardening – New dowel design

Smart products for the garden don’t always need to involve an app or wifi, take our wooden raised beds for example, its a modular system which means the design possibilities are endless, build raised beds, planters, walls, ponds, seats, steps or a combination of all of those using the same materials, we think its pretty clever [...]

Transforming city and urban gardens with WoodBlocX

Our customers have gardens of all shapes and sizes, from brand new spaces in new-build properties, quaint old cottage gardens to smaller inner city and urban gardens. The style and finish options for our timber garden structures means that WoodBlocX raised beds, planters, steps, walls, ponds and furniture can look perfectly at home in any [...]

Gardening for health and wellbeing

We have been sharing lots of tips for detoxing your garden in 2019 and creating a healthy space to relax and grow because the garden is much more than an extension of your living space. Being outside in the fresh air with the sounds of insects humming and birds singing is one of the best [...]

Natural gardening – Pest Control

One of the most important garden trends of 2019 is natural gardening, to create a completely natural garden takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, but there are small changes you can make to help you become a little greener in your garden in 2019. We’re looking at pest control and some [...]

Our guide to Retaining Walls

Our guide to Retaining Walls If all gardens were flat they would be very boring! That’s not to say a flat garden is boring, but many of us have gardens with challenging terrains, slopes and sheer drops to contend with. This is where garden retaining walls come into play, and there are many benefits of [...]

Detox your garden in 2019

January is the perfect time to make plans and simple changes that you will see the benefits of in the months to come, we’re not talking about the usual New Year fads of diets and exercise, not on this blog! We’re talking about detoxing your garden to create a healthier environment for relaxing and growing [...]

Garden detox competition

Our raised beds, planters, walls, seating and other garden landscaping solutions are made from renewable and sustainably sourced wood and are ideal for organic and natural gardening because we don’t use any chemical treatments that will leach into the soil. We want to help you to retune your garden mind-set with ideas for creating a [...]

WoodBlocX – Featured on ITV, BBC 1 and BBC 2

Our wooden raised beds, planters and benches have featured in a number of garden makeover TV shows and not forgetting Dragon’s Den on BBC 1 of course! We’ve compiled the best of the TV appearances from Mediterranean gardens to accessible spaces. Alan Titchmarsh and his team at ITV’s Love Your Garden used WoodBlocX raised beds [...]

WoodBlocX – shopping centres, apartments and more

WoodBlocX timber raised beds, planters, ponds, walls and seats are not only loved by our customers for updating their gardens, patios and driveways, gardens, our strong and long-lasting structures can also be found in a number of other locations across the country. Our modular system can be seen in seen at one the UK’s busiest [...]

Protecting crops over winter

There has certainly been a change in the weather over the past few weeks with most of the UK already experiencing some overnight frost. Whilst the heating will be on inside to keep you and your family warm some plants in the garden can benefit from some extra protection too. If you’ve worked hard in [...]

How to make a raised bed: frequently asked questions

From how to make a raised bed to where to put it, we have covered the most frequently asked questions to help you make the best choices for your garden. Q. What is the best position for a raised bed? A. Once you have decided where you would like to build your raised bed, take [...]

Our sustainability story

Wood is the heartbeat of WoodBlocX and it is our duty to ensure that the wood we use is grown ethically, sustainably and that waste is repurposed effectively. All of the wood used in our products is harvested in ‘managed forests’ which are areas of woodland where trees are felled and replanted with seedlings. A [...]

The benefits of raised beds

Here at WoodBlocX, we know a thing or two about raised beds and the benefits they can bring to your garden. After all, we have been designing, manufacturing and delivering raised garden beds to customers across the UK and Europe for the best part of a decade. Keep reading to find our top 9 list [...]

WIN one of three Garden on a Roll autumn borders

After the dry and very hot spell in June and July gardens across the UK suffered, with lawns drying out and plants in beds and borders turning an unsightly shade of brown. If this sounds like your garden then our latest competition is for you! We have teamed up with Garden on a Roll to [...]

Accessible gardening

Gardens can present a multitude of problems for people with mobility issues, uneven surfaces, low-level planting and narrow pathways can make getting out and enjoying the garden impossible for some. However, by making a few simple updates and creating a low-maintenance space can make the world of difference. Uneven surfaces and paths Flat, smooth and [...]

Healthy Gardening

To celebrate the Soil Association’s Organic September, we’ve put some tips together for ‘healthy gardening’. Maintaining a garden is hard work and it can be easy to reach for the chemicals to control weeds and pests as a quick and convenient fix, but there some quick switches you can make to work towards creating a [...]

National Allotments Week 2018

We asked Annabelle Padwick from Life at No.27 to tell us her allotment story and how these community growing spaces can provide much more than just fresh vegetables. - - - Happy National Allotment Week! A whole week of officially celebrating a place that mentally saved me and helped me grow as a person. A [...]

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Edible Gardening Project

Last week we headed down to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to catch up with the team that runs the Edible Gardening Project, a scheme that is run purely by volunteers, and a couple of years back we supplied nine of our timber raised beds which have been utilised to grow an abundance of [...]

Five summer holiday garden activities

The school summer holidays are here and anyone with children or grandchildren will welcome ideas to keep them entertained without spending a small fortune. We’ve put together five ideas that will keep youngsters entertained and help them to learn about plants, insects and gardening. Build an insect house Insect houses can be built out of [...]

Garden Fest 2018 – Inverness Botanic Gardens

On 22nd July the first ever Garden Fest took place just down the road from the WoodBlocX HQ at Inverness Botanic Gardens. We sponsored and attended the event bringing some unique WoodBlocX fun for young gardeners to get involved in! We challenged youngsters attending the event to a build-off using Lego to create something totally [...]

Transform your garden in a weekend

With so many distractions in our lives these days, time is one thing we all wish we had a little more of. At WoodBlocX our aim is to help you save time, so you’ve got more of it to spend doing the things you love. We make ordering, delivering and building our products as quick and [...]

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

We have not been fortunate to get down to RHS Hampton Court this year but that hasn’t stopped us checking out the gardens. There’s some real crackers and although most of us won’t be able to reach the award-winning standard of these plots, there’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from them. Here’s our top [...]

Size matters – choosing the right height planter to suit you

Raised beds not only need to look good in the garden, be durable and long lasting, they also need to be convenient, therefore selecting the right height to suit you is one of the most important considerations. Here’s our recommendations... Low-Level Some people use our raised beds to divide up the growing space in their gardens [...]

Sit back and enjoy the summer with our beautifully crafted benches

When the summer weather is good we tend to spend a lot of time outside in our gardens. Whatever the size or shape, they act as an extension to our living space and it's important to make the most of it. There are lots of options for garden furniture; from metal to plastic, but naturally [...]

Redesigning your garden has never been easier….

Let us do the hard work for you with our FREE GARDEN DESIGN service. We mention our Free Garden Design service a lot. It is something we are really proud of and the designs and feedback we receive from our customers speak volumes Sometimes the thought of undertaking a big project in the garden can be [...]

Plan your dream garden this spring bank holiday

The weather has been spot-on recently and for most of the UK the upcoming Spring Bank Holiday weekend is looking sunny and warm.   If the coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has got your creative-garden-juices flowing and if you, like many others, prefer to dodge the crowds during the bank holiday and stay [...]

Let the RHS Chelsea Flower Show inspire your next garden update

Let the RHS Chelsea Flower Show inspire your next garden update With the RHS Chelsea Flower show opening its doors to the public next week, we wanted to give our blog readers some Chelsea-inspired garden ideas.   Over the years we have created our own exhibitions and contributed to many others. We’ve had the pleasure [...]

Raise funds for your school gardening project without asking parents for a penny

Does your school garden need a makeover or are you keen to introduce pupils to gardening and growing plants and vegetables? Need a boost to get your project moving? We have just the thing… We are working with fundraising platform Ralloo to give five primary schools the opportunity to receive a WoodBlocX raised bed worth £500 [...]

Hard Landscaping is nothing to be afraid of!

Landscaping: a word that has many negative connotations including cowboy gardeners and boring municipal plantings, but which really only means to create a planted area. There are two types – soft landscaping is the planting part, and hard landscaping is the creation of patios, paths and beds, and which usually comes first in the process. [...]

A BBC WoodBlocX garden transformation

In 2016 Glenn and Zoe Crockford appeared on the BBC's ‘Big Dreams   Small Spaces’ television programme with Monty Don. The couple opted to use our modular system throughout their redesign; see how they transformed their garden and how they found using WoodBlocX for their project.   Tell us about your garden before its transformation When [...]

Take a look behind the scenes of our latest video

WoodBlocX structures are renowned for looking good and are ideal to use in place of railway sleepers, wooden boards and even bricks. Looks aside, one of the main benefits that our customers find is our structures are really easy to build, enabling them to update their gardens quickly without having to spend hours with complicated [...]

Sowing season is here

Now that the cold snap behind us and spring is on its way (we hope!), its time to start looking ahead to the growing season. March is the month to make a start on sowing seeds, if it is mild enough where you are you can get to work sowing certain veg directly into the [...]

More than just raised beds…

We’re often referred to as the company that offers raised beds, and rightly so, as it’s our speciality. However, the beauty of WoodBlocX is that our unique modular system can be adapted and transformed into lots of different structures for the garden. Here are just a few examples of what we’ve helped our customers to [...]

How to build a WoodBlocX raised bed

Our raised beds are really easy to build because everything you need is included in your kit. All of the wooden components are cut to size so there’s no need to saw the wood and there’s no waste. The components are lightweight making them easy to move them from one side of the garden to [...]

Five tips for updating your garden this spring

Successfully updating your garden is all in the planning and February is the ideal month to lay down plans in readiness for spring. we've put a quick guide together to get you started... Time Realistically how much time can you put into your garden? Spring, summer and autumn are the busiest times, early spring is [...]

Fertilising your WoodBlocX raised bed

Ensure your raised beds are ready and raring to go for spring by boosting the health of the soil. Good quality soil will help increase the crop yield of vegetables and promote healthier blooms in flowers; plus, the better soil structure builds up resilience to pests and disease. There are lots of composts and additives available and [...]

Top crops to grow now

It’s January, the weather is gloomy and there’s not a great deal going on out in the garden; but don’t let that stop you being productive! Here are four easy to grow and useful veg that can be sown between now and the end of February, either directly in your raised bed or indoors. Garlic [...]

Our top five from 2017

Our design team thrives on creating bespoke solutions for challenging projects to create long-lasting and maintenance free structures for the garden. Here’s a few of our favourites from 2017. Ryan’s Garden Ryan’s terraced back garden was in need of a facelift, so he wanted to improve it with a retaining wall. An outrageous quote from [...]

Winter WoodBlocX getting you ready for spring

In the south, there have been very few really hard frosts, so even some tender bedding plants like geraniums have survived and it means that many of the bugs and other nasties are also thriving! So now is the time to go slug and snail hunting and dispose of them! Really we do need a [...]

How to Build a WoodBlocX Raised Bed Planter

WoodBlocX timber raised beds, an easy to build solution for your garden. In this video Lee takes us through how he went about building a raised veg planter for his garden.

How to fit the capping to your WoodBlocX

The key thing to make sure you don't damage your WoodBlocX is to use one of the spare BlocX or a spare bit of wood to hammer on the capping. This makes sure you don't dent the capping when your fitting it. All you need to do is start at one end of each piece [...]

The WoodBlocX instruction pack

We supply all our kits with a set of clear building instructions, just don't forget to take them off your pallet when it arrives.

The right tool for the job – 2lb lump hammer

The 2lb lump hammer is a real winner when it comes to hammering in those dowels. It's much more effective than a claw hammer and feels great in the hand.

What if I can’t get my Dowel to go into the WoodBlocX?

Sometimes people can have a little bit of bother getting the Dowels to go in flush with the WoodBlocX. But if you use a little bit of soapy water, it can take away the extra friction stopping the Dowel going all the way in. Don't forget to also make sure you have the WoodBlocX up [...]

Quick tip to speed up your WoodBlocX build

WoodBlocX are a quick and easy way to bring your garden to life. Allowing you to create raised beds, ponds or retaining walls as well as a whole host of other creations. The slowest part is digging the ground to get the first row straight and level. Once this is done it is a simple [...]

How easy are modular systems to put together?

Do you need to spruce up your garden fast? Perhaps you need to make some improvements before a big event? Or do you just want to add some finishing touches to a garden without the hassle of too much work? Plants are by far the easiest and best way to bring a bit of life [...]

An easy and effective garden solution

All too often a great design idea has to be amended beyond recognition because of the practicalities and realities of the garden and the budget. Perhaps all the materials for the garden have to be taken through the house, perhaps there are pets or young children around, or perhaps you’re on a deadline – all [...]

What’s the most durable material for your garden?

When you are building a garden project it’s reassuring to know that it will last for a good number of years, and that’s where using materials from a specific supplier is useful. Whereas it might be difficult to estimate the lifespan of a raised bed or other construction made from timber planking or recycled sleepers, [...]

Durability of Retaining Walls and Terracing

When it comes to retaining walls and terracing, safety and durability are the main concerns. Construction in stone may be the obvious first choice, but it is expensive, especially once the cost of the builders has been factored in. The cheapest option is timber boards, but these will warp and distort over time. They’re also often impregnated with [...]

How to Build a Flexible Design

Are you struggling with a design for a difficult area of your garden or do you just need something a little out of the ordinary? Have you considered using a modular timber system such as WoodBlocX? Other options in these situations – such as old railway sleepers – could struggle with the dimensions that your ideas [...]

Planting Late Summer Seeds… Choi Sum

There are a whole range of remarkably cold hardy oriental greens. They are ideal to keep your plot going through the depths of winter, particularly if you don't have the space or time for traditional winter veg like brussels. Many are good both in salads and cooked - try Pak Choi, Mizuna, Chinese Cabbage, Mibuna, [...]

Reducing the cost of Garden Projects

Whether you are just putting in a couple of beds for a vegetable garden or terracing the whole garden, it’s always good to be able to see all the costs of a project up front. Using a modular timber system for raised beds and other landscaping means that the material costs are really easy to calculate, and [...]

Successional Sowing: How to Get The Most From Your Raised Beds

Sometimes less is more, so whether you have an allotment, a large kitchen garden or just a single raised bed, you should use successional sowing to ensure a steady, regular and appropriate supply of vegetables throughout the growing season, rather than experiencing a glut all at once. Basically, using the principle of little and often, it [...]

Getting active with Gardening

We are really proud to be involved with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Move More Edinburgh Project, by supplying the new WoodBlocX Raised Beds at the Botanic Gardens for the group to use. Move More Edinburgh is a programme to help and encourage people affected by cancer to get moving. With various activities including gentle movement classes, [...]

Copellas New Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace

We were delighted to help RHS Young Designer of the Year Caitlin McLaughlin with her creation of the new Copella Garden, which was first shown at the RHS Malvern show earlier this summer. Copella is a British fruit juice company based in Boxford, Suffolk. The orchards were founded in the 1930s and the company have [...]

Top Tips For Designing Your Dream Garden

A new garden design – or a new determination to transform your garden – can be a daunting prospect. Caitlin McLaughlin, the RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016, gives us her take on what makes a successful garden design in the above video. Below are some tips on things to consider when preparing to [...]

The Best of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

This years RHS Chelsea was bigger and better than any of the previous shows. It was home to eight Show Gardens, five Fresh Gardens, nine Artisan Gardens and more than 100 floral displays. Artisan Garden highlights included the 2016 winner of Best Fresh Garden, Gary Breeze, who designed a garden which features the replica of [...]

How to deal with Creeping Buttercup

The Creeping Buttercup is a low growing perennial weed which prefers wet heavy soils. Creeping Buttercups spread with vigorous creeping stems that run along the ground rooting at intervals with a very fibrous rooting system.   You need to make sure you remove all the fibrous roots as well as the main part of the [...]

The Benefits of Crop Protectors

When we spend so much time helping our carrots, cauliflowers and cucumbers to grow it would be a real waste to let the pigeons get in there for the first bite!   Crop protectors allow you to defend your veg against invaders, but make sure you choose a net that matches your needs.

Problem Weeds.. Ground Elder

Ground Elder can be a real pest, and a tricky one to get rid of when it takes hold of your vegetable patch. But if you follow these quick tips you should be able to banish it from your garden in no time.   The key thing is to make sure you pull out the [...]


Step back in time with Brick Dinos! Enter the Jurassic period like never before and meet the dinosaurs face to face, each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks. Working in close collaboration with a paleontologist, lego artists have painstakingly recreated some of the largest beasts to ever walk this earth in miniature LEGO form! Come [...]

Our Favorite Garden Designers

  There's a lot that goes into designing a dream garden, so to help get your creative juices flowing we have compiled a list of our top favourite designers for inspiration, and you can watch how Rick McKeever from Lovania Nurseries used WoodBlocX to build his award-winning garden in the above video. One thing before you start [...]

The new Health and Wellbeing Garden at RHS Malvern

It was a great pleasure for us at WoodBlocX to recently work with the wonderfully talented Jekka McVicar on another garden project. This time the focus was on Health and Wellbeing, and the design incorporated a number of curved sections as well as a central seating area. The garden forms the focus point of the new Live Well Zone at the [...]

How to grow French Beans

  Plants don’t get much more productive than French beans. The beans hang so heavy on the plants you’d think the stems would collapse, giving you a plentiful harvest from minimal space in your raised vegetable beds. They are also very attractive, offering various flower and bean colours, so you could even incorporate them into your ornamental [...]

Grow your own Strawberries this summer!

  Most people who grow their own food will tell you that it is that strawberries – or sometimes tomatoes – are the ‘epiphany’ plants. Once you’ve tasted a home-grown fruit, plucked from the plant at perfect ripeness, warmed by the sun so its natural sugars are at their peak….there is no going back. And [...]

An Introduction to planting Seeds

  A seed in an embryonic plant waiting to get out. It's the pleasurable task of the gardener to turn the seed from dormancy into a living thing by providing warmth, light, air and moisture. Seeds even have their own food supply to start them off, at least until they can put down roots and [...]

The Build Off

  WoodBlocX is a unique product that enables you to create and build almost any structure you could wish for in your garden. It’s just like giant Lego for your outside spaces. Woodblocx is easy to use, attractive, strong and durable. The individual BlocX, made from sustainably-sourced wood, are light and easy to handle, and fit [...]

How to turn your Raised Beds into Hot Beds

Our friend Mark Abbott-Compton over at has put together this great tutorial on how to build your very own Hot Bed using a WoodBlocX Raised Bed. It's a technique that the Victorians popularised throughout the UK many years ago, but is just as effective today! Used since Roman times with a cold frame on top, Hot [...]

Salads for all seasons from your raised beds

  Salad leaves are one of the crops that really do benefit from being home grown. No longer do you need to put up with supermarket salad bags that always seem to have a few soggy, smelly leaves in the bottom, you can pick fresh salad get it almost instantly onto the plate as and [...]

Top Tips for Gardening with Children at School

  If you’ve ever despaired at your children’s lack of interest in eating fruit and vegetables, why not try growing some with them? Following the whole process from sowing the seed to harvesting the crop, and then cooking it together, can really make children invest in their labours – they’ll want to taste what they’ve [...]

Wildlife gardens: getting close to the action

We all know that our country’s wildlife is getting increasingly put-upon by growing urbanisation and commercial agriculture. So what can we do to help? Well, there are a number of very simple and easy steps to take that will not only lend a hand to the wildlife, but also bring some excitement to our gardens [...]

Right Plant Right Place: what does it mean?

You may have heard gardeners talking about the ‘right plant right place’ principle, but what does it actually mean? In essence, it refers to working with Mother Nature rather than against her. By looking to a plant’s origins – where in the world it is from, the kind of environment it has evolved to grow [...]

Watering: get the basics right

Watering is gardening’s most basic task, in every sense of the word. It’s always needed at some point, no matter what the garden. Watering is really a very simple task, however so often it is under-watering or over-watering that can cause our plants to suffer and even die. All plants need water, even the drought [...]

Organic growing – the whys and wherefores

Growing in your own garden means you have total control over what goes into your plants, and many gardeners are opting to have an organic garden, at least for their edible plants. Organic gardening means to grow without the use of chemicals but can be interpreted in different ways depending on how strict you want [...]

Getting started with fruit and veg growing

Growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to get in on the action. In a few short months – weeks even – you can be picking your first harvests straight from the garden. The first thing to decide is what you want to grow – there is no [...]

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Did you watch the first episode of the new series of ‘Big Dreams Small Spaces’? If you did, you’d have been treated to loads of beautiful shots of WoodBlocX being used in Glenn and Zoe’s garden transformation project! Monty Don was on hand to help the couple revitalise the awkwardly shaped green space into something [...]

How to Build a Flexible Design

Are you struggling with a design for a difficult area of your garden? Or do you need something a little out of the ordinary? Have you considered using a modular timber system such as WoodBlocX? Other options in these situations – such as old railway sleepers – could struggle with the required dimensions. Modular systems [...]

Growing Winter Veg in Your WoodBlocX Raised Beds

Yes, your WoodBlocX raised beds can indeed still be productive, even though British summer time is well and truly over and growing is now at a slower pace. As we reach the darker days of winter, it is still possible to enjoy an array of vegetables, such as salads with some planning and a little care! The beauty [...]

Timber systems versus railway sleepers

When considering the options for your garden building project – whether it be raised beds, planters, benches or more, timber is often at the top of the list. It’s a natural product, relatively easy to use and cheap. Boards and planking can warp and bow over time however and cannot be guaranteed to be strong or durable enough, so [...]

Sustainability of timber garden products

It’s good to know that when you buy a product it is not just from an environmentally-friendly company, but that the good ethics are present all the way back down the supply chain to where that company sources its materials. When buying timber for a garden project it can sometimes be difficult to be sure [...]

Christmas Shopping!

If you are still in the process of last minute Christmas shopping, why not give the gardener in your life some WoodBlocX as a unique and useful gift that will get them started on that raised bed or planter which they have always planned on building? WoodBlocX can be despatched within three days of ordering [...]

How to Grow Carrots in Raised Beds

  Long and thin, short and stumpy or round; orange, purple, white, yellow and red: there’s more to carrots than the basic orange ones that fill the bags in the supermarket. Growing your own means you can access this wide variety of shapes, colours and tastes, and also means you are able to eat them [...]

Raised beds: the benefits and options

Raised beds are the ideal solution to many garden situations. Most obviously, they provide a place to grow in courtyards and other paved or concreted areas where there is no available open ground. However, they can also be used to grow in areas of bad soil – where it is boggy or stony for example. By [...]

How to fit your L plates to your WoodBlocX

  In a WoodBlocX construction – from a raised bed to a retaining wall - the capping and the BlocX beneath it both have a joint at the corners, and these corner joins are susceptible to opening slightly over a period of time and leaving a small gap in the corner capping. The steel L-plates devised by WoodBlocX solve this problem [...]

How to use your Dowel Cutters

Forget that saw when you have one of these little beauties dowels are no match. Get the perfect cut every time by following these simple steps. Remember to chop off the dowels on the third notch down so you can get the capping to fit.

How to fit your WoodBlocX together

  Although WoodBlocX are really simple to put together, they can be used to build strong and long lasting structures for both private gardens and communal areas. Once installed, they are also super-easy to maintain. The building instructions cannot be easier. First of all make sure your BlocX are the correct way up with the big hole [...]

Top tips for Gardening with Children

If you’ve ever despaired at your children’s lack of interest in eating fruit and vegetables, why not try growing some with them? Following the whole process of sowing the seed to harvesting the crop, and then cooking it together, can really make children invest in their labours – they’ll want to try what they’ve spent [...]

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show – The Therapeutic Garden

Southend on Sea Borough Council have returned to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this year with a garden that is not only beautifully designed but has also serves an important purpose. The council’s early help family support & youth offending service - along with support from the Dementia community support team – have entered [...]

Seans Allotment Garden

Sean has been preparing his perfect gardening space for years and we had the opportunity to help him by installing some of our raised beds. Our video will give you an idea as to how versatile and cost-effective our WoodBlocX can be.

Making a Garden from Scratch

A new garden – or a new determination to transform the garden – can be a daunting prospect. There are two possible approaches: do it all at once, or do it bit by bit. Doing it all at once, if you can afford to do so, is obviously an attractive proposition. You get the garden [...]

Closing times during the Christmas holidays

Our office will be closed for Christmas from 5pm on Friday, 18th December 2020 and will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. Orders placed between these dates will not be fulfilled until 7th January 2021. Please continue to send any questions or requests for our Free Bespoke Design Service to [email protected] and our team will be in [...]

What it takes to build an Award Winning Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

It’s that time of year again, the weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to bloom and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens its gates to showcase the best of the world’s garden design talent. Whilst we’re not exhibiting this year, WoodBlocX has been included in The Sun newspaper’s Flower Square Garden, which is [...]

Paving options to pair with WoodBlocX by Primethorpe Paving

You’ve chosen to use Woodblocx for a retaining wall, a raised bed or any of the other options available to you, but how about the rest of your space? A popular option is to pair your WoodBlocX retaining wall or raised bed with a patio area. A well-suited patio can bring your whole project together and [...]