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 7 April 2008

More musings on hand mowing

I feel the need to be proud of myself...I have so far NOT used any petrol mowers in the garden!!

I have now mowed the whole garden and a fair bit of the grass in the compost bin area with the hand mower and some of the grass has been mowed several times now....

Its surprisingly easy!! and I can feel happy that I am doing my waistline AND my carbon footprint some good.


  1. What a great idea. I thought I was doing well getting an old petrol mower off free cycle but hand mowing my small lawn would be ideal! Where did you get the mower - how much etc? Andy

  2. Hi Andy!

    I looked and looked on Freecycle but kept missing out on a push mower, so I eventually bought one from B & Q it was about £45 ...but I have calculated I will recoup the cost in petrol savings alone over the next few years! ( If you look at how much grass we have, you will understand how!)

    I would like some sheep, but compostman says "no"......


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