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!

Thursday 24 April 2008

Tidying up in the Polytunnel

I spent today tidying up a bit and potting on some seedlings in the Polytunnel, as the rain kept on falling outside. I also tidied up the strawberry pots outside although I had to be a bit careful as I found some Newts having a swim in one of the plant pot saucers outside!

I was very careful to put them down in a safe place as we have lots of Newts ( of all three sorts) so I know where they like to hide.

I have potted on a lot of peppers and tomato plants, including some destined for the School veg garden and for sale at the School summer Fete.

The oldest tomato plants are now too big to stay in the cold frame inside the polytunnel so I have decided to chance putting them into their final pots in the open polytunnel. If there is a hard frost I shall have to cover them with fleece or something, but I hope to get a good early crop of toms!

Also am now regularly eating a selection of salads grown in the polytunnel - its really handy to have a big covered area to work in out of the rain as well!

Finally I went for a wander in the wood to look at the Bluebells..they were nodding their heads in the wind and the rain...but then the rain stopped, the wind dropped and the sun broke through the clouds...just long enough for me to take a photograph!

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