Raise'em up

Mark Rayner makes a small, easy-to-build raised bed for veggies, herbs or flowers.

You will need: 31 reclaimed or new retaining wall blocks, timber for edging (we used 50mm x 100mm treated timber), garden pegs or 100mm galvanised nails to fix edging in place, weedmat and weedmat pins or pegs, garden sprayer, craft knife, shovel or spade and rake, good quality potting mix, 40mm stones, flower or veggie seedlings (we used pansies and polyanthus), Resene Moss & Mould Killer and clean water to mix.

To get the look: Mark stained the back-ground fence with Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene English Walnut and painted the timber edging with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Alabaster.

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Step 1 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 1
Prepare an area by removing weeds and levelling the ground. Then fix timber edging into position with garden pegs or by nailing the corners with 100mm nails.

Step 2 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 2
Lay weedmat and fix down with weedmat pins or pegs. Then arrange 16 of the retaining wall blocks to form a circle, as shown.

Step 3 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 3
Arrange a second layer of 15 blocks on top, as shown.

Step 4 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 4
If necessary, spray the blocks generously with one part Resene Moss & Mould Killer mixed with five parts of clean water. After 48 hours, wash off with clean water.

Step 5 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 5
Use a craft knife to cut the weedmat around the inner base of the retaining blocks, as shown. Remove this circle of weedmat.

Step 6 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 6
Fill the raised bed with some good quality potting mix.

Step 7 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 7
Spread some 40mm stones on the weedmat around the outside of the raised bed.

Step 8 how to make a small, raised garden bed

Step 8
Plant up the bed with potted colour, as shown.


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