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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Monday 28 July 2008

Remember those basil cuttings?

Well I finally got round to potting them up!


  1. The blue pot really sets them off, I love herbs too :)

  2. I'm hopeless at both growing basil and taking cuttings and as I love basil I am very jealous. It's on my to do in 2009 list.

  3. LVP...I hadn't even thought about the blue pot...it was just a handy pot in the polytunnel ( blush)

    Eco gites welcome! and thanks...I have never thought of basil cuttings before, but I had SO MUCH and it needed trimming and I froze some and we ate lots so I just shoved the rest in a jar to keep it fresh...and it grew!

    so I shall keep on doing this I think..

    and am going to try it with some other soft herbs as well...

  4. That really is looking impressive CW - must try to take some cuttings from mine sometime soon!

  5. Thanks for the welcome. Maybe I try too hard with cuttings! Do you think it is too late to try and get some going now if I could get hold of a pot of basil? I've just got my first tomoato out of the polytunnel and I so love tomato and basil salad.


  6. Rosie...I have just stuck another load of basil stems in water to get them rooting..on the kitchen windowsill...so I would think you will be fine too! have also done some marjoram and Oregano as well...so we shall see!

    I LOVE your place! I have just been reading your blog from the start...If we come to France for a hol we will contact you....

  7. So glad you like what we are doing here in France - we hope to have the first gite ready for next year ..... "hope" - but in the meantime campers are always welcome.

    Had hoped to get basil today but ran out of time - will try the market on Thursday.


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