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!

Wednesday 9 July 2008

A view from the garden

This is the raised beds by the compost area in the sunshine yesterday. The very tall plants next to the French bean "wigwam" are Jerusalem Artichokes. I am not sure they are meant to be THAT tall? The bean canes are 7 foot high!

This is a Pumpkin flower..beautiful, isn't it?

A close up of the flower.

Our Tayberries grow rambling all over the fence between the Orchard and the Wood....and I went and picked a few pounds today (in between attending to the hens' antics!)

So I now have red stained hands!


  1. Hehe, my computer screen background is now my pumpkin flower. They're soooo eye-catching and colourful!

  2. Hi there! I couldn't resist that one! I have even changed my avatar on the forum for it!

  3. Your squashes look great. Mine are pretty pathetic looking at the moment.

  4. Thank you, Earthwoman! I *am* pleased with how stuff is growing this year...last year was a horrible blip on the Compost Mansion's growing record and I DIDN'T like having to buy veg, even if it DID come from an organic grower 5 miles away!

    so hopefully normal service had been resumed this year...with a few modifications!

    Squash flowers are SO exotic looking!


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