Concrete timber sleepers are a durable and versatile material that can be used to build a variety of structures, including raised garden beds. They are resistant to rot, decay, and pests, making them a good choice for long-lasting gardens. In addition, they can be used to create a variety of different looks, from simple and rustic to elegant and modern. Read How to Build a Raised Garden Planter with our tips and tricks below:


Concrete Timber Sleepers

Mortar / Adhesive Bed

Landscape Fabric





Concrete Saw

Stakes & String

Spirit Level

Tape measure




The size of your raised garden planter will depend on your needs and the space you have available. However, a good starting point is a bed that is 4 feet wide, 8 feet long, and 2 feet high. This will give you enough space to grow a variety of plants, and it will be easy to reach the plants at the top of the bed.

Build a Raised Garden Planter

  1. Choose a location for your raised garden bed. It should be in a sunny spot with good drainage.
  2. Mark out the dimensions of your bed with stakes and string.
  3. Dig out the soil to the desired depth.
  4. Lay down a layer of landscape fabric to prevent weeds from growing through the bottom of your bed.
  5. Cut the concrete timber sleepers to the desired lengths.
  6. Assemble the frame of your bed using concrete adhesive or mortar.
  7. Fill the bed with soil and mulch.
  8. Plant your favourite flowers, vegetables, or herbs!
raised garden planer using oakstone timber sleepers.

Additional Tips

  • If you are using concrete timber sleepers that have been used in the past, be sure to clean them thoroughly to remove any dirt, debris, or chemicals.
  • If you are building a raised garden bed in a colder climate or a spot that does not get as much sun, you may want to consider using a double layer of concrete railway sleepers to provide additional insulation.
  • To make your raised garden bed more visually appealing, add decorative features such as stepping stones around or leading up to it or add a trellis at the back for climbing plants to thrive.
  • Use a level to ensure that your bed is level. This will help to prevent water from pooling at one end of the bed.
  • Fill the bed with a high-quality potting mix that is designed for raised beds.
  • Mulch the bed to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Shop Oakstone Timber Sleeper

Oakstone Timber Planter is a handmade stone product. These authentic Oakstone Timber Planter sections, provide a simple solution to creating a raised planter bed, garden edging or pathway stepping stones. They can be dry laid flat or can be stood on their sides to create a stylish traditional planter. Please note that these are reproduction timbers, and will not rot. The Oakstone Timber Planter sections can also be used as path edging, steps, or stepping stones.

oasktone timber sleeper for raised garden bed against white background