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 22 June 2008

Mother Nature in a mood!

Am inside looking out at brilliant sunshine AND a tearing gale...SW wind...it has already destroyed a number of my bean plants, taken LOTS of top fruit off the trees and is tearing leaves, small branches etc from the trees in the woods...

A lot of veg being damaged as I watch...and its wrecking a lot of herbaceous boarders, too....

Strange, a gale at this time of year..we get hot weather driven winds..( usually driven by a thundercloud!) but this is with a clear blue sky ( well , a few fluffy white clouds...)

I thought our veg plot was sheltered, well it IS...Wood on 3 sides and orchard as well..and fourth side is garden and house etc...BUT it was SO windy here it was bashing the trees around and I guess getting past their shelter...and gettting to my beans... a LOT of my HSL bean plants have copped it...

Ah well, still time ( just!) to plant some more seed...all will be well if we just have an OK autumn....

Its just one of those things you have to accept when growing stuff..

and no one had any injuries and no structural damage has been done anywhere I hope??

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