Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood and I also volunteer as a Master Composter and hens@home mentor with Garden Organic. We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Moving raised beds, planting potatoes , Forest School meeting, WI quiz. All in one day!

Fab day today

Lovely weather here so we got lots of gardening done in the sunshine. Planted lots of seeds and pricked out toms, aubergine and pepper plants. Also moved one of the raised beds around ( as you do!)





Finished bed planted up with 25 of the  1st Early Rocket seed potatoes :)


Then I came in and did lots of paperwork stuff as well, but good paperwork involving progressing stuff I love to do

Then I went over to Garway to a Forest School FEN meeting which was fabulous, at Garway Primary School - made me wish I were teaching there! So good to meet with like minded people and we made a willow tepee and drank tea around the fire.

I drove back home with the sun setting behind me from Garway back to Ledbury to take part in the WI Quiz as part of Putley WI quiz team - and we are into the final! 5 teams will battle it out next month and we are one of them!

Tired now though :)

Looking forward to the Eclipse tomorrow and the Spring Equinox. Hope it will be fine :)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Bromyard Bowmen D's and down Competition

What we have been been up to today.





with various members of Lugg Valley Company of Archers.  13 of us entered and we had a great time :)

You can read more on the Lugg Valley Company of Archers website here

Compostgirl won gold, and we won the Team Trophy as well as several other individual trophies and awards. Go Team Lugg Valley :)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Algy Serama Chicken

Algy chicken (very tiniest of the very tiny Serama chickens) got chilled today while strutting around outside and basically started to shut down and go into hypothermia.



I have brought him inside, cuddled him until he warmed up a bit and he is now in a basket by the fire, stuffing his beak with mealworms and crooning to himself.

He already was very keen to come inside and be cuddled - guess after this he will now be even more keen!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Felting workshop at Bookish in Crickhowell

At [book-ish] in Crickhowell doing a Ffolkyffelt felting workshop with Ems Cariad Bevan, Emma Corfield Walters from Book ish  and Kathryn from Bo Peep Quilts. Making an owl :)
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Compostman and Compostgirl are at an Archery competition in Builth Wells :) Good luck Team!


Friday, 6 March 2015

A very busy first week of March.



I have been busy this week, so apologies for lack of posts!

Obviously the most time taking stuff has been planting and digging and sowing - yes it is THAT time of year when suddenly I am running around trying to get stuff sown or dug or cleaned up so I can use it in the garden :)  Spring does seem to have arrived here, at last.





I have also been to a Green Party meeting in Leominster, with fellow members from Ledbury. It was excellent to see so many committed activists willing to help get Herefordshire more Green!. Inspiring talk by existing GP councillors and  Daisy Blench, our PPC for the General Election. Am looking forward to offering whatever help I can  to make Herefordshire more Green.

And  now I am off to a meeting in Hereford to discuss Community Composting schemes. Compostman is enjoying the sunshine while pruning and shredding stuff in the garden. Big Hens and Algy Serama Cockerel are keeping him company in the sunlight.

The other Seramas are sunbathing next to Tabitha and Cassie cats. No idea where Tom cat is - probably lying on Compostgirl's bed in a patch of sunlight!
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