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!

Friday 4 July 2008

Summer in the garden.

It is SO wonderful this time of year!

The polytunnel is full of plants all starting to produce fruit (aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and various herbs and salads as well as the blueberries and strawberries

Here is a wire cover compostman made to keep the squirrels out of the polytunnel as they had started to invade and eat the crops...not content with stripping bare 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees of ALL the fruit..grrr....

Lettuce leaf Basil..mmm wonderful in salads or with tomatos and mozarrella drizzled with olive oil..mmm

The last few blueberries left on the bush...we have eaten all the rest!

And the last two photos were what I went and picked/dug for our lunch a few days ago, beans, potatos, carrots, salad and fruit ....all fresh .....from "plot to plate" in less than 5 mins...along with home made bread and butter and boiled eggs laid by the hens....mmm food feet, not miles!!

And that is the way it SHOULD be...


  1. That looks wonderful. I'm trying to achieve the same and am just beginning to see the results of our labours.

  2. Thank you, Jean!

    It is hard work, but at this time of year eating stuff fresh from the garden makes it all so worthwhile :-))


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