Seed boxes – gee they can hold a LOT of seeds!

Seed boxes – gee they can hold a LOT of seeds!

My main seed store is in a sturdy box, similar size to a shoe box.

This one takes the smaller packets easily. I often recycle envelopes to store seeds and they are a little wide so I fold the end over to make them fit.

I find the colored dividers really help me find the type of seeds I want when I am ready to re-plant – it is much easier to find things or otherwise I end up with a large pile of random packets. I love saving seeds and – gee the pile of packets grows amazingly fast.

Another of my seed boxes:

Seed box for beans etc
Seed box for beans etc

This one is from a cut-down ordinary cardboard box which is just the right size to fit old envelopes easily. Its sticky-taped up to keep it together. Sometimes the ordinary old boxes fit better than nice new ones.

I use this one for storing beans etc still in their pods – I usually get round to opening the pods when I want to replant seed next season so this works fine for me.

And brown paper lunch bags are great too. Lettuce seeds can dry on the branches I have put into the bags in large chunks.


Then, to sow the seeds next season, I wander around the garden and shake a branch dropping seeds here and there – I call it ‘imitating nature’ and pretend the wind has blown seeds from the plant. Many grow, many don’t – a lettuce plant grows a LOT of seeds so there are plenty for us, for the ants, for everything.

[PS: if you save seeds longer than 1 year, especially beans and peas, weevils can happily chomp the lot and leave nothing to re-plant. So putting seeds in the freezer for a few days is a recommended tactic to foil them]

[PPS: Other pests also love seeds – rats, mice etc can eat the lot if they are accessible. We store seeds in a spare room inside the house. If you store seeds in a shed or garage, hang them so they are not accessible to rodents. Or, when dry, store in a rodent-proof container]


Joy oh joy – The compost bin repaired!

Joy oh joy – The compost bin repaired!

Love, love, love our rotating compost bins! 

Here it is brand new. It rotates around the middle end over end. Great mixing of components for compost in a hurry. Up away from rodents. They are great.


Some years ago we bought one and put it together.


Putting together the rotating compost bin from parts


Well, it did great service for many years until the angle pipe joining the frame at the top rusted out [circled in this photo] So the bin was stuck on the ground, never to roll again. Sad!




Then asked local retailers if the part could be purchased.

  • 1 said only as part of the frame kit + their commission = $100’s Ouch.
  • So I asked an engineering works how much to make one? $100+.  Oh.
  • So, despairingly, asked the other retailer and “no worries, think so. We’ll get back to you“. We wished very hard!

And they did! Hooley, dooley – we got a call 2 days later saying “come collect it“!!! We were stunned!

So we zoomed in [not really expecting it could be true] and lo-and-behold – the right part!! Woo hoo!

Thrilled no end!

And the icing on the cake?  I took out my wallet to pay and was told “no charge” – wow! They said it wasn’t supposed to fail. Gee, we are still amazed and thrilled.

So, the moral of this tale of a compost bin?

Keep trying and allowing wonderful outcomes, no matter how many other avenues seem not to work. The outcome can be even better than you could have imagined!

Or: Keep believing in miracles – they do happen!