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!


Saturday, 20 December 2014

LAST DAY to vote for me in the Plant Me Now hanging Basket competition.

Ok lovely blogging friends - I made it to the final of the @PlantMeNow design competiton with my insect attracting hanging basket design!

Thank you if you voted for me in the semi final and PLEASE do so again in the Final, share with your friends, tweet the link etc etc My design is Summer Scent-sation

Here is the link to vote

Plant Me Now competition voting page on Facebook 


If I win this competition my design will go into production in 2015 and be offered for sale by Plant Me Now :) I don't get anything from the sales, just the honour of being the winning design and the knowledge that my insect attracting hanging basket design will be on sale :)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I'm in the final! Please vote for me in the @PlantMeNow hanging basket competition

Ok lovely blogging friends - I made it to the final of the @PlantMeNow design competiton with my hanging basket design!

Thank you if you voted for me before and PLEASE do so again,share with your friends etc etc My design is Summer Scent-sation


Here is the link to vote.


Plant Me Now competition voting page on Facebook 


If I win this competition my design will go into production in 2015 and be offered for sale by Plant Me Now :)

Friday, 12 December 2014

PLEASE vote for my insect attracting hanging basket design in the @Plantmenow Battle of the Baskets!

Plant Me Now creative blogger challenge.

Back in October I was contacted  by Plant Me Now - one of the UK’s leading plant and gardening suppliers -  to join in an invitation only, creative blogger challenge. The challenge was to design a virtual concept for a mixed summer hanging basket, creating a blog post to talk about my flower and colour choices and how I would plant it up in a 30 cm rattan hanging basket.

I wrote about my design HERE

Well, my basket has been selected and is on Plant Me Now's Facebook page up against another design in an elimination voting round. Please, if you "do" Fb, would you go and vote for my design? It is called Summer Scent-sation.

Here is the link to the competition voting page. You can vote once per day for today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Compost Bin features as a top 20 UK gardening blog.


I feel very pleased today :) I was asked a few weeks back if I could provide a seasonal gardening tip for Grabco, a grab hire and aggregate company based in the SE. I often get asked to do this, so I sent them a tip (compost related, of course) and thought no more about it :) Today  I have found I have been included in their Top 20 UK Gardening blogs :)

What Grabco say (link to article here)

Do you love gardening? We do! That is why we have picked our top 20 UK gardening blogs to share with you. Each of the blogs below contain wonderfully detailed posts on a range of gardening subjects so you will never again be short of inspiration! Also if you ever have a question you can't answer, chances are one of the blogs below already has your topic covered! We have also included social media and RSS links so that you can keep up to date with the gardening experts on our list.
We would also like to say a big thank you to the handful of bloggers who agreed to share an Autumn/Winter gardening tip exclusively with our website visitors! We would love to know your thoughts!
So here are (in no particular order) our top 20 UK gardening blogs that you MUST check out....
And then there are lots of lovely blogs to read - some are old friends - you will recognise their names from my sidebar over there -> but others are new to me so I have had a lovely time reading them :)

GRABCO are one of the leading suppliers in Essex, Hertfordshire and London for:
  • Grab Hire
  • Premium Topsoil and Compost
  • Sand and Gravel
  • Mini Digger and Dumper hire
  • Site Clearance and Groundworks


    Now, if any of you are wanting such services they have teamed up with The Compost Bin to offer you, my readers, the following special offers:

    15% off economy screened topsoil collected. Or we can deliver within 15miles of our yard.
    15% off sharp sand collected. Or we can deliver within 15miles of our yard.

    PLEASE CALL 01279 600 578 TO ORDER OR DISCUSS


If you are interested in this offer click through to the offer page using THIS LINK. No idea if any of you can use this offer and I am not involved in any way other than providing the link, but I thought some of you might find it helpful :) Enjoy :)

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair


On the Sunday of Compostgirls birthday weekend we went to Ludlow. We knew there would be loads of people trying to park in the town so we parked outside  and had a pleasant walk in through the streets














 Lots of street entertainers were there - this lady was an Ice Queen statue - and very good she was! Until she moved, which was a bit of a surprise :)

 

 Lots of stalls in the Castle square, but we wanted to get into the main event which was being held in the Castle proper.




 Fabulous displays by re enactment groups, and loads of people demonstrating living history.






Compostman and Compostgirl went up to the top of the tower - I don't like heights so I went shopping :)


 At the end of the day we had fun watching Knights of Plantagenet re enact a fight between the English and the French. Very realistic fighting and I bet they had bruises on their bruises that night!



 


We had a good day out but I was jolly cold at the end and glad to get home and light the fire.
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