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 and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats 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 am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

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!

Monday 18 February 2008

So this is what all it looks like after all the hard work

Today Compostman and I have been clearing out yet another shrub/flower bed in the garden. This time it was the one over by the Orchard

This bed contains lots of roses which needed pruning, a Buddlia Davidii, a Vibernum Plicatum "Sterile" which has huge blooms like tennis balls, various other shrubs which have got a bit out of hand, a Victoria Plum tree which is very prolific, and a lot of assorted perennial plants and bulbs...

I removed all the dead plant stems and leaves, to let the sun and the light get to the soil and allow the new plants to reach up from under the soil...

...........and compostman pruned back the roses and I pruned back the shrubs, to let them regenerate.

I got a huge pile of prunings which compostman shredded...these then went back on the bed as a weed suppressing mulch. I also raked off and gathered up 4 wheelbarrow loads of dead plant stuff ...so that can go on the compostbins!!

Having a well earned cuppa!!

Compostman waves hello to Blogland!!

The pruning finished, the bed just needs the twigs collecting up...the hens ( as ever) helping...

And here is one of the shrub beds I cleared and pruned earlier on February.

This is all quite a lot of hard work and it takes me days to finish a bed like this...

but I always feel very satisfied when I can look at the finished bed and see how much improved it looks.

All tidy and ready for the new plants to grow!

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