DIY Raised Garden Bed How-to Video | Versawall® Retaining Wall Blocks by Adbri Masonry

DIY Raised Garden Bed How-to Video | Versawall® Retaining Wall Blocks by Adbri Masonry

Learn how to build a garden bed using Adbri Masonry’s Versawall vertical retaining wall.

This is a pretty typical Aussie backyard. You can’t call it a garden because there’s no plants, but I can fix that, make it look a lot nicer, hide the fence, and even the next door neighbor’s shed. What I’ve got in mind is a raised garden bed, which is a great idea for a couple of reasons. You can guarantee your plants have good drainage. You can guarantee they’ve got plenty of nutrients because you’re bringing in new soil that’s light, fluffy and full of all the good stuff.

Now I’m gong to use a wall that’s called Versawall. It’s got a beautiful texture and a charcoal colour so it adds a couple of dynamics to the garden. Straight away it gives you height and that extra colour. The plants will thrive, hiding the fence pretty much straight away.

The first thing we’ve got to do is work out where the garden bed’s gonna go, put a string line out, and mark it out. Now for my garden bed to be a metre wide I’m putting a Lilly pilly hedge in that I want to allow 600mm for it and then in front I’m putting some Liriope. I’m allowing 200 and then I’m allowing 200 for the block, giving me my metre. So I come off the fence finding a metre. The outside of my stake is the metre. Let’s double check it. Tie it off and we’re gonna take all the grass out. The reason I’m taking the grass out is it can grow though the soil in to your garden bed. And across the front I need to dig a footing. Now it sits on a 100mm of row, base compacted, but I’m gonna have to go about 300mm wide just so it’s nice and firm and strong.

Now Villa Board is a great, cheap and easy way to keep the garden bed off the fence. You don’t want the soil in contact with the pilings, it will end up rotting and will wash through all of these gaps in to your neighbours. But by putting this up you can retain the garden bed. You can’t do this if you had a sloping block, but we’re just retaining a garden bed like this. The pressure and the weight is going down, not to the sides, so this isn’t gonna knock over your fence. Ill just tack it off with a couple of nails, work my way along, and when we backfill you won’t even see it.

The Versawall is dead easy to put up. You just start with a good foundation. I’m using re-based, the recycled row base. I only need 100mm deep for what I’m putting up, three courses, and I’ve gone the 400mm wide so I can fit my whacker in. I’ll get this as level as I can, but I don’t go over the top screeding it. I just want to make sure the sand and cement that I’m putting down is nice and even.
You can hire a whacker for about $60.00 for half a day and it’s important that you go over it a couple of times. If it’s really dry, dampen it down. And if it’s too wet and it’s sticking to your plate compactor, well, you can throw down a little bit of sand over the top and that’s just like greasing a tin.
Now the sand cement mix you want to spread over the top of your row base. It’s pretty simple. Just do six in one. Six sand, one cement. And when you mix it up you do it dry. Now this sand here is washed river sand. You can use that, you can use paving sand. You can use any sand you got lying around.

The best thing about these walls is you don’t have to mud up between each joint. They lock in to each other because of all these lugs here. And the corners are super strong. Now, when you’re ordering your wall one thing to take in to consideration are the corners. There are right and left corners. If you see the back of this one it’s completely different to just a normal block. What that is, is a little groove for the next block to lock in to, so this is a right meaning we are turning right. At the other end we’ll use a left and on the next course we’ll use a left so we get that bond happening. They just butt in to each other, we slide one in to there, and then we’ll set up the string line. The next course will be the opposite.

Once you set your corner up you set your string line back up. And a good tip to stop it moving round, because when you’re laying the box you’ll bang it constantly, is grab a piece of paper. I just use something torn off a cement bag. It’s important when you lay your blocks that there is an air gap, albeit even and as small as you can make it, between your block and your string line. If your block starts touching your string line you won’t get a true reading and your wall will start to creep out, up, or down.

For extra strength you backfill each course with a free draining aggregate. This is just a blue metal.
Now, for the second corner there is one tip and one trick. If you put the left hand block on top of that right hand block it looks good, but it wobbles. the reason is because the standard block that runs through here has these eight lugs. The first two hit the base of your corners.


  1. Naila Ahmad on October 6, 2021 at 8:26 am


  2. Abaid Aramex on October 6, 2021 at 8:27 am

    What did you use on coner cap its liquid nail or any other cement??

  3. tan dan on October 6, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Do your products have fly ash in?

  4. Sue Mendell on October 6, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Cute doggie!

  5. barakau on October 6, 2021 at 8:32 am

    These blocks are like Lego. I built a curved garden bed with them. Looks pro.

  6. Annabella Laws on October 6, 2021 at 8:32 am

    uI have never seen these blocks in the uk (i am probably looking in the wrong places to find such things) but Wow they look awesome.

  7. Meng Cheong on October 6, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Any alternate way to cut the corner cap other than using the giant brick saw???

  8. Em Raddler-Oz on October 6, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Question: Re villbboard attachment. What if your fence is colourbond? HELP!

  9. Maciej Radochonski on October 6, 2021 at 8:38 am

    You are not adding any water to the cement and sand mix, why?

  10. Pete Hill on October 6, 2021 at 8:41 am

    should be using a mask with all that cement dust. great vid.

  11. Michael Post on October 6, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Your neighbor’s fence is bearing the side load from the weight of the soil. Whether at the top or all along the height of the villaboard.

  12. Bryant Schubert on October 6, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I want to do something similar to this, but will water go to my neighbor?

  13. Ashleigh Fleming on October 6, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Hi there, this is very helpful thankyou. Given there are no half blocks, how does it finish at the fence line?

  14. Hossein Kiani on October 6, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Good job mate

  15. adburn1066 on October 6, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Jesus, you are really fast with that hammer, lmfao.

  16. TRW1974 on October 6, 2021 at 8:46 am

    No mortar?

  17. Qiuling Chen on October 6, 2021 at 8:46 am


  18. Sokun Tait on October 6, 2021 at 8:48 am

    How do I work out how much blue metal i need to order? Can you advise the volume each block can hold?

  19. Editha Bendyke on October 6, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Can you do this against your house? I’ve been told not to put a garden bed next to the house due to termites. We have a steel frame but timber roof trusses.

  20. Living 2Day on October 6, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Love those blocks, great advice for constructing. Wouldn’t rebar help keep blocks in place since they have the holes? Glad there is no mortar to deal with…time consuming but looks like a job I could do.

  21. Hardly Davidson on October 6, 2021 at 8:54 am

    What your not on better homes and gardens anymore

  22. Esma Gedik on October 6, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful 👏👏👏👏

  23. Teresa McDonald on October 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

    lovely garden bed too bad I couldn’t do it, too old and my wood fence is attached to metal poles, don’t know what nsw landcom is thinking when they put it in. might have to stick to a wood garden bed.

  24. Savann Sun on October 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Yep its a super nice one.

  25. Anusha Ramesh on October 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Wowwwww 😳 your too good
    I wish i can do the same but you make look very ez.. love your final outcome

  26. EDUARDO OSAKI on October 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Good job but looks expensive and hard job. Timber would be great too.

  27. Yasmin Ghani on October 6, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Enjoy your video

  28. Olivia Treloar on October 6, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Is the Geo Fabric looped under the gravel that is put behind the wall? And then the soil is on the other side of that?

  29. Don Oakes on October 6, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Might be a bit late but good to see this.
    Not sure you have many mates as you suggested. Maybe coz no beer in sight.

  30. Sow AG on October 6, 2021 at 9:05 am

    wow. that’s some neighbours shed. massive.

  31. Dino M on October 6, 2021 at 9:06 am

    What happens when that wood fence rots and needs replacing?

  32. A. kumar. on October 6, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for amazing information video, I have colour bond fence at backyard, so I am planning to do exactly like you showed in this video, colour bond fence doesn’t have sleepers under it, so is it safe to use cement eve sheets I bought 900mm ,2400mm, 1.44 thickness, any handy tips for me before I start preparing areas? Your advice is highly appreciated, thanks again

  33. LiudMila Volovskaia on October 6, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Отличная работа! Hi of PUSSIA

  34. Vijaydeep Chauhan on October 6, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Do we need to add gypsum clay breaker before filling with garden soil ?

  35. Tamara Tamrot on October 6, 2021 at 9:13 am

    In my first work I always used Woodglut plans.

  36. Smitty’s Got The Goodes on October 6, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Quick question we have just built raised garden beds using this same product. I’ve notice the caps now don’t sit directly on the flat section of the blocks. Does this mean I need to knock out the lugs or glue them directly to the lugs? Cheers

  37. PartTimeTourist on October 6, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Nice one cobber

  38. Leo Skipper on October 6, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Had a neighbor spend $400 repairing my fence because he did this. The weight of the gravel and soil caused my fence to bend and buckle. This might be a good idea on the side of a house but NEVER do this against a fence.

  39. ROBERT PHILLIPS on October 6, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Amazing! You can’t see the fence or the shed.

  40. Frank Stokes on October 6, 2021 at 9:18 am

    What store did u buy that board from

  41. Ma Therzie Ucat on October 6, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Hi there! Planning to do this in our backyard but can I put it on top of concrete and tiles? Thinking of putting liquid nails under the first layer. Will that work? Also it’ll be an L-shaped garden bed, do you have any advice with that? Thank you

  42. Arya Nanda on October 6, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Great job Mate,cheer from Bali,contact us for Bali trip.

  43. evantspurrell on October 6, 2021 at 9:20 am

    dumb, overkill, especially for something abutted to a wooden fence

  44. tibudden on October 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Why do you add cement to the sand? Will it set when it rains and then drys out?

  45. susan on October 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

    How much $$$$$$

  46. Evgen Patotskiy on October 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    If you want to build it yourself just google for woodprix. I know you will find good solutions for all your ideas.

  47. songxingmu on October 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    It looks so nice and well build looks more stronger than my house

  48. Ben Norris on October 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Who else likes the sound of bricks coliding

  49. Epopteya on October 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Bulletproof garden bed

  50. LONGB CHANNEL on October 6, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I like this garden very much

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