Gardening Tips

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

The benefits of using WoodBlocX for retaining walls

Our modular system is ideal for building retaining walls, making it a great alternative to bricks, stone and railway sleepers. Here we explain why…   Why use WoodBlocX for retaining walls? Whether your garden is sloping or hilly, landscaping areas using WoodBlocX is cost effective and the finished article is safe, sturdy, durable and looks [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to turn your Raised Beds into Hot Beds

Our friend Mark Abbott-Compton over at www.learn-how-to-garden.com 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]