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, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

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!


Sunday, 10 February 2008

oooh I love tidying my garden!!


Am having to do quite heavy work with compostman on this border...a VERY overgrown Buddleia Davidii Alba, a "Tennis Ball Tree" and Hamamelis vernalis a Witch hazel have taken over and are seriously getting in the way .....so some EXTREME pruning was called for......cue compostman and his chainsaw!!
This is one of the beds where I need to deal with the rat nest and tunnels...I am going to dig out any tunnel and hole I find...that should upset them enough that they go elsewhere in the garden for a bit, at least...
Here are some roses which had got a bit out of hand in one bed..so they had to go, too!! I must admit, I like Roses BUT I regard them as an awful waste of time...SO much effort for only a few weeks of beauty...ah well I expect there is some deep seated "zen" reason why I still make space for them....



We got 4 wheelbarrows of small logs off this pruning plus a couple of barrowloads of big logs ...so worth doing as it runs the woodburner for a few days on that
And then the trusty shredder ( a Bosch ATX 2200...amazing machine!!!!!) produced barrowloads of wonderful shredded wood...its great as a mulch and its WONDERFUL to mix in with the compost bin stuff!!!

...and also the shreddings are really useful to mulch under the shrub beds to keep the weeds down...( even if the hens DO think the mulch is just there for THEIR benefit!!!!!)

Finally an bonfire for all the bitty bits we can't shred or compost....and its a nice thing to sit by at the end of a hard days work.......

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