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Posted: 08/08/2013 at 23:08

Hi, I have just built a double bin made from wood which I have calculated will hold 1600 ltrs, that's like 7 normal household black compost bins and it wasn't dear. It cost me £52 for the wood and £4.30 for some easy drive outdoor on this link to see a piccy....My Garden Blog

I built this for a client so I added labour, the wood I got was from a saw mill, I just gave them a list of the lengths I needed, to be honest, it's cheaper just to get the lengths they already do, their standard lengths so there's no extra costs.

For this double 1600 ltr bin I ordered the following

  • 12 boards @ 1.8m long x 150mm width x 19mm depth
  • 3 posts @ 1.2 m long x 100mm x 100mm
  • 6 battons @ 1.2 m long x 100mm x 44mm

All this cost me £42 delivery was £10, screws were £4.30 for 100, easy drive.


This bin has a slotted front to get the compost in and out a bit better, I only really did that for the client as she's not as tall as me, I would just shovel the stuff out.

I was pushed to make myself after seeing the prices some folk were asking, a bin half that size was costing a lot more.


Hope this helps.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 15:16
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)   A better pic

Food for thought, great in a wee garden.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 15:15
James Hodds wrote (see)

I've read some where or was even told this at some point to collect seed from larger plant's to tie a paper bag around the seed head while it's still on the plant this way you can protect it from the bird's and also collect the seed's more efficiently.


Like poppy's will twist when it dry's out to disperse it's seed's

Tie a bag to the flower heads and then just cut the stem when it's finished drying 


Great idea!

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 23:08
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

have you tried charity shops for seeds? I bought some spectacular poppy seeds last year and they were amazing this year .10p a packet..... I love to seed swap with work mates I always have packets land on my desk!!!! I'm an avid (armature) chilli grower and people are always bringing me seeds from there travels I have had some corkers... You were talking about strawberries did you see the garden on the move (Hampton court) pallett lettuce? I loved it so much am gonna do one for strawberries next year as I am having to get rid of my raised beds......

The garden on the move pallett lettuce, you'll have to enlighten me...

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:02

I like the idea of free seeds and the challenge and it's a winter passtime, dealing with all the dry deadheads etc... I also discovered that the seed prices drop near the end of the season, like buying summer clothes in the winter, cheaper, stock up on next years fruit and veg now, just got some seeds from the ALDI for 39p a packet so there's something to be said for having fun gathering seeds and having a balance, snap up the seeds when they're out of season and a decent price.

Saw a beautiful aubergine plant, absolutely gorgeos, very ornamental and could really see that gracing the corner of my greenhouse seasonaly, I will go see online if there's any seeds. I couldn't see any in the shops.


I'm really loving this make do and mend approach to gardening, recycling the garden rubbish as much as possible. Saw last night, the experiment with nettles vs comfrey, very interesting. I like the technical side to this, the science behind it all, feed the fruit potassiam when the fruit appears, feed the plants nitrogen when the leaves start showing to get strong leaves, get the plant good and strong, as soon as the fruit shows, get the potassiam mix in the water.

The thing is at the moment, all my tomatoes are very strong and really leafy, very thick trunks and really vibrant and strong leaves, so must get some potassiam rich feed for them....I know this is not about seeds but any ideas on the best feed to use?


Back to seeds, I've a feeling the tom seeds I'm in the process of separating are f1 as they're supermarket cherry toms. Might stick out the process to see. I must watch that and only take from my plants at the end of the year. I'll see how these ones do next year, I'll grow a plant in a big pot to judge it.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:31

F1 plants are basically designed around money, correct me if I'm wrong. All the plants are engineered so farmers can predict their crop, they can crop all the plants at exactly the same time, saving money and making the most money.

They also are unreliable breaders, which is a design advantage to the people selling them as they will always be able to sell more.


I'm not sure if the F1 is something I'd be interested in, in my wee rustic garden.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:21
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

F1 plants are normaly bred for their uniformity and can have certain genetic moderations. Most are sterile and even if there is success from the seed it will never be true to the parent plant.  They are also quite often trademarked!! F1 seeds are normally more expensive due to the producers having to control the parent plants pollination to keep them true!! In a nutshell (although i have an F1 apache chilli plant that i grow sucessfully every year from harvested seeds 8 years and counting now!)

So the seeds from most F1 plants aren't reliable, you might get a plant from the seeds but the quality may be suspect. I'll have to do some research because I'm in the dark a bit, I'm unsure what the point of them is. Is it just a show piece or maintain a strain, keep it true.

Not sure but will do some digging, thanks for your help.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:13
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

I have to say I have bought all of my seeds this year off eBay. Pumpkin seeds, bean seeds and even wild garlic at a snip of the price. Not to mention some poppy seeds that have given me the most spectacular display I have ever seen!!!!

I bought some peas and strawberry seeds from ebay last night, so I'm hoping they'll do well. I'm going to keep my eyes open near the end of the season for sad strawberry plants that need some TLC. I'll snap them up.


I feel I'm missing something with this seed saga, why are they so dear?

What's so special about them.

Does anyone have good experiences from never buying a single seed. That would be interesting, to find someone whos had success from never buying a seed for years and has had very little issues with diseases etc...

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 20:55
Welshonion wrote (see)

And you have to make sure they are not from F1 plants because they will not breed true.

Just to speed up my research (save me searching on google) what's an F1 plant and please forgive my ignorance. I can dig a hole, build steps, walls and fences but the fine points in the garden, I've yet to learn. Thanks in advance.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 18:51
lazy gardener wrote (see)

Sorry to rain on your parade slightly-but to collect seeds you need to leave the flower or pod on the plant to mature of form a seed head

In most cases this is not the time-leave it a few weeks -more into the autumn

Then it is a seed bonanza

Thanks for the advice, I need to know these things so thank you. 

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