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.

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Wednesday 9 July 2008

Crops from the Polytunnel

At last! The first tomatoes are ripe! On the left a Black Russian tomato

and here a Golden Sunrise tomato.

Mmm sweet and juicy, I will have them with cucumber ( grown in the PT) and lettuce ( grown in the PT) for lunch and try to pretend it ISN'T chucking it down with rain outside

The rather feeble crop of garlic from by the carrot bed, hanging up to dry in the PT over a tray of shallots from the same bed. I grow garlic and shallots to keep away the carrot fly and it works BUT this year the actual garlic and shallots are a bit dud....

Hopefully the other garlic and shallots in other beds will be better! BUT the onion bed is doing really well so fingers crossed that THIS YEAR we get a good harvest again. Last year we had hardly any usable onions......

But if this rain keeps up I am worried about blight on the potatoes outside....well I am worried about that ANYWAY......


  1. Those tomatoes look lovely, im still waiting for some of mine to ripen! Mind you, if this rain keeps up they probably never will !

  2. I have never had them ripen so early as this year....and they tasted divine...



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