This raised bed is made from concrete blocks and topped off with timber sleepers to provide extra seating space, invaluable in a small garden.
With basic DIY skills, plus a couple of spare weekends, you’ll soon have a 2.2m x 1.4m raised bed that will provide space for ornamental and edible plants for years to come. Although the work itself doesn’t take more than two days, plan ahead as you’ll need to factor in two 24-hour drying periods.
The end result has a calm planting scheme of box balls, lavender and a multi-stem amelanchier. It frames the view of the garden beyond.
Follow these simple steps to create your contemporary raised bed.
Avoid soil sinkage
Avoid the soil sinking in your beds by firming down the compost when adding it to the beds, and filling them right to the top. If you do find the soil sinking, top it back up where possible.