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!

Friday 7 March 2008

Planting and growing and sowing

Today I have dug and sowed and weeded and seeded and got lots done in the veg plot.

I dug over some of the potato patch then I dug 5 potato trenches and got some first earlies in the ground. I planted "Maris Peer" and "Charlotte" and "Nicola" in a load of my compost, some organic pelleted chicken poo and some compostwoman powered mowed grass clippings...

and sowed some parsnips "Tender and True",under a mini polytunnel and moved the plastic I grow leeks through to its final position, ready for planting later in the year.

then I raked over where the Shallots and Carrots are to go in.

I planted Shallots "Longor" and in between a double row of carrots "Flakee" and "Early Nantes" I covered them with a fleece mini polytunnel.

I am a bit concerned about the cold weather so I have covered the spud trenches over with geotextile for now...to keep my baby spuds nice and cosy....

All the seed I use is organic and I get it from the Organic Gardening Catalogue, which means I get 10% discount as I am a Garden Organic member AND GO get a percentage of the cost!! Hopefully although I have planted the spuds and carrots slightly earlier than usual ( I couldn't hold back any more!!) all will be well as I have made sure everything is nice and cosy under blankets.

Well.... you DO have to look after your veg!!!

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