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!

Tuesday 3 June 2008


2-8 June is Recycle Week, which aims to highlight the benefits of recycling and what happens to the things we recycle.

It is the perfect opportunity for us to take that extra step and do 'just one more thing' to improve our own recycling habits

There is a list of "top tips" on www.recyclenow.com or call the Recycle Now Helpline on 0845 331 3131


Why not start a home compost bin if you haven’t already done so? It is a great way to recycle your vegetable and fruit peelings and ensure a blooming good display in your garden. You can also include tea bags, egg boxes and scrunched up paper as well as your garden waste, such as grass cuttings, prunings and clippings. Find out what else you can include in your home composting by visiting www.recyclenow.com.

Go on...you KNOW you want to!


  1. I have to admit that I don't use the compost bin much as it's positioned wrong and simply doesn't break down quick enough. It's also impractical during winter as it means trudging through sodden clay to get to it.
    I do have a wormery, though. Does that count?

  2. Yes of course it does..... ;-)

  3. Do you have a Green Cone?

    For anyone who doesn't know it, it is a place to put meat, bones and fish scraps and anything else you would not add to your compost heap because it might attract rats, foxes, cats....

    East Sussex subsidises them (c£60 down to c£10, I forget exactly). You get a green plastic basket to bury in your ground about 3 foot deep, and a solid cone (reverse shape, same size) to screw onto it, plus a secure lid.

    I find it very satisfying to dump these scraps into it rather than into the Black Bin we are now given for stuff to throb away for 2 weeks in plus maggots, then be poured into landfill.

    Creatures have tried to dig into it, but I think I have frustrated them. You sprinkle dust in, theoretically bacteria that digest the bones etc (but I am not sure I am convinced, and it is quite expensive) and although it does not produce compost, it is supposed to exude "nutritious juices", so I have planted it under an old apple tree on one of my allotments. This tree had 3 wizened apples when I got the allotment in October 2000, but is amazingly fruitful these days.

    The oldest allotment inhabitant, who kept ordering me to cut it down in early days, even admits it is productive, but he doesn't like apples....

  4. Since this post I have won a Green Cone in a draw. So I have added it to my composting waste armoury!!

    I also have a Wormery and now have in excess of 18 compost bins of various sorts....

    Hmm an addiction I suspect!


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