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 3 March 2008

Zero carbon mowing

I feel very happy...for today I gave some of the lawn its first mowing...

Nothing unusual in that I hear you say....its March and has been very mild so...about time to start perhaps?

YES ...BUT...I have bought a push mower which is 1 compostwoman powered!!!

so the cutting of the grass has become a zero fossil fuel emission process.....

I eventually had to buy a mower...I kept on looking on Freecycle but I kept missing every push mower which came up

so eventually I decided to buy one.. and I am SO GLAD I did!! I can cut the grass in small chunks of time, and listen to the birds singing around me....I also can get this mower out, cut a bit and put it away again...unlike the various petrol driven ones which, once I DO get them out I feel I have to do the whole lot in one go and so I spend the next 3 hours mowing the grass...

DO NOT get me wrong, I value the usefulness of the petrol mowers, but if I CAN cut the grass by compostwoman power alone, then WHY NOT??

and it all helps to reduce my personal carbon footprint a little, and I have also calculated that I will recoup the purchase cost in 2 years saving of petrol EVEN if I only use it half the time compared with the petrol push mower..........

and it will help reduce my personal waistline, also!!!

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