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, 14 May 2015

Getting excited about #BLEMay @biglunchextras @edenproject

I am getting very excited about going to The Big Lunch Extra May 2015 camp at The Eden Project this weekend :) Details HERE

I take the train Fri morning and the train back Monday lunchtime and I have a whole weekend of networking, talking, workshops and fun, learning about better ways to build resilience and sustainable community projects. 

Mine, of course, involves compost. Lots of it :) And teaching people about keeping chickens and growing veg and good nutritious meals.

Watch out for updates during the weekend on my Twitter feed, Facebook page and personal page :) Compostman and Compostgirl are at home all weekend and I have promised to keep them posted as well :)

Friday, 1 May 2015

A tidy garden and a full cold frame


I have been mowing :)

and cleaning out hen houses :) And making lots of compost with the grass I cut and the chicken bedding :)

And digging out finished compost to put on the new raised beds :) And sowing seeds and pricking out plants and being ever so busy outside.

 I have made some time to sit outside in the sunshine on the patio :) Which is still as lovely as it was last year :) And the Gabriel Ash coldframe is wonderful and proving so useful to have as a warm place to put plants before they finally go into the polytunnel. It looks good as well :) 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Birthday :)

I went and picked some flowers from the wood - I do this every year on my birthday :)

Lovely presents from my family :)

And Compostman baked me the most amazing choklit brownies EVER!

I have had some wonderful presents - strangely mainly made by friends or bought from their indy shops!  I now am the proud keeper of a Celestine and the Hare Panda ( will she be sweary? Oh yes!) a Wentworth Jackie Morris Bluebell Hares jigsaw, some fab choklit, GoT box set ( we don't do Sky so my first chance to see it on the screen rather than in my imagination!) some fab books (Benedict Cumberbatch biog and The Hare Book. ) Also was gifted an early birthday present of the Celestine and the Hare workshop earlier this month so have Cyril the Squizzer from that   And I bought myself some colouring in pens and a grown up colouring in book to use them in last week 

This time last year I was really concerned that I might not make 53. I am so grateful that I have now improved good health and I am so grateful for all my friends. I love you all.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Celestine and the Hare needlefelting workshop at blue ginger gallery, Cradley


Totally utterly fabulous day last Saturday at blue-ginger gallery in Cradley attending a needle felting workshop with the very lovely and oh so wonderful Karin of  Celestine and the Hare. Karin took 11 of us through the process of turning woolly stuff into fabulous needle felted creatures using sharp pointy bits of metal :)

Having a fabulous time at felting workshop with Karin and a group of Norty Chokliteers.

We went from this

 Taking shape ...

I took Harriet Bear along to meet her sister Emily :) Harriet, Tiger Tim, Victoria Weasel and Betty Sloth Bear were all made by Karin :) As was Hector Weasel, but he stayed at home with Compostman

 Karin showing us how to make a tomten  and telling us stories while needle felting at the same time!

Part made creature - still no idea what it will be ...

I wonder what I am making?

Lunch break :) The food at blue ginger is excellent, as were the cakes

This is one of Karin's creations :) How fabulous ! A sheepdog :)

 Meet Cyril Squizzer :) I made him, I did!

Tiger Tim, Victoria Weasel, Betty Sloth Bear and Harriet hug their newest friend.

We all made such lovely creatures at this workshop

Here are our results after less than 6 hours of work

(whispers -we would have done them faster, but we had to chat to each other and laugh a lot and eat delicious food made by Sue and the lovely people at blue ginger gallery  and chat and giggle and eat choklit - did I mention I had the most enormous fun day with lovely Karin and the other people attending? )

If you get the chance to go on one of Karin's workshops or to see her demonstrate her art, do go. She is wonderful, as are her creations. And if you have not yet joined us at the most marvellous Tribe of Celestiner Chokliteers  go and have a look at her Facebook page  :)

and the Hare insisted and so we were not allowed to spend all the time needle felting. ell you, cruel! )

Friday, 10 April 2015

Busy in the garden

Algy the Serama. I love him, I do :)  He follows me around and sits at my feet :)

Moving the raised beds and making new ones - hard work but the end result will make Veg  Kingdom easier for me to manage I hope! Compostman did a lot of hard work to make 6 new,  2 x 3 m raised beds for me to plant up. Good job I make a lot of compost as that is a LOT of  space to fill!

Seramas settled into their new outside home for the fine weather.

I am making another new raised bed outside Veg World - so that will add another 3 x 2 m raised bed to the existing two 3 x 2 m beds in the outside growing area. Just need to fence it off from the marauding chickens!

Speaking of which ...Sweetie

Henny and Blackberry.