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!

Sunday 9 March 2008

Raised beds and windswept gardens.

Out near the compost bins is a mound of soil/compost which is where our old compost heaps used to be. I have been slowly digging out the old compost heap soil and using it to fill the raised beds where I grow squashes in the summer.

BUT over the last few days I have made another raised bed (with compostman helping) next to the squash bed, and started moving the old compost heap compost into it, this will then level off an area where I can put another raised bed

...and fill THAT with compost from the old compost heap..( which is WONDERFUL soil!!) ..I was weeding as I went as well and putting the weeds in one of the newly emptied bins...( ow ow ow my back hurts)

I am planning on growing Jerusalem Artichokes in the 2m x 1 m bed this year and possibly MORE salads in the 1m x 1m smaller bed.

I love these Garland lock together plastic raised bed kits!! They are made of recycled Polypropylene so I am helping to "close the recycling loop" by buying them and they are really easy to put together and take apart and they don't rot!! I saved up especially to buy them, rather than making beds out of wood as I really liked the design and the idea of them.

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