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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the assembly instructions for your Wooden Products?

You will find the full list on the Assemby Instructions  under Customers Services at the bottom of every page,  where they can be downloaded as a PDF.

What preservative should I treat my compost bin with?

We recommend any non-toxic fungicide preservative, however Gardening Works can supply preservative which comes in a range of tin sizes. When diluted with 15-18 parts water, 250ml tin for example will make up to approx. 4 litres. This is more than ample even for the triple bins and can be 'made up' as and when required.

How often should I treat my compost bin with preservative?

We recommend that you treat the exterior once every two years but you can also prolong the life of your raised beds and compost bins further by turning over the post and boards to even out wear and tear.

How do you source your wood?

The standard planed wood used for all our Wooden Products comes from the best environmental resource available to us.
Slow grown white wood comes from the very northern family owned forests in Europe, where, because of the cold climate, growth is slow giving close growth rings and the dense texture associated with durability.
All the wood in these forests is traceable and conforms to the strictest FSC certification.
However wood will eventually rot down and does so at different rates according to the conditions. Wood survives best if, when it gets a heavy soaking it then dries out completely in a well ventilated position. It helps longevity if the wood is treated every couple of years.
Here we use a non toxic preservative on all of our wood, which is available to buy on our website. Apart from being ‘safe’ to use it will not kill any small bugs and tender plants in the compost.

All boards and posts are planed. Plane-ing removes all splinters and makes the surface smooth.
The texture of slow growth also deters splintering and is less easy for bugs to get a hold. This gives quality to our products.

Warping Wood

Warping can be a problem when wood is wet and warm. If the sun shines on a wet Lid warping is a consequence. We do recommend that you place Compost Bins in the shade and where the wind can dry it out when it is soaking.
Sometimes the wood will even out again. It can help to turn the lid over to encourage this to flatten out again. If you would like to see how we work with a guarantee on our wooden products, simply click here.

How do I make good compost?

Simply download  our 'No Nonsense Guide to Making Compost'   as a PDF where we set out all you'll need to know on how to make wonderful compost.

 

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