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 8 August 2008

Friday Freecycling frenzy!

Yesterday had a visit from a fellow freecycler who took away 2 garden chairs we no longer wanted, a cookery book surplus to requirements and some "green" philosophy books. Compostman has been clearing out the lean to and I have been clearing out in the house so we have had a few things to go on Freecycle lately! and seeing it go to a good home via Freecycle is VERY satisfying! I DO like to see stuff I don't need any more getting a good home.

I have another lady coming today to collect a small bike which Compostgirl outgrew and another couple taking some books I have surplus.

Last week I collected a new ( to me) compost bin...to add to my ever growing collection. I already had a "Can o Worms" wormery from Freecycle last month, and I am collecting a couple of Bokashi bins in a couple of weeks, thanks to the INEBG "surplus to requirements...." thread on the forum!

Freecycle and similar networks are SUCH a good idea! Matching up things people don't want any more to people who DO want them! Why on earth do people just throw good stuff away? I am continually astonished at the things I see in the bins at the Household Waste Sites I use. Our Council don't seem to let people buy stuff from them, but I know other councils seem to allow this- I wish ours did!


  1. I love Freecycle but our local one in France as very few people using it :-(.

    (and on a completely different note - my basil cuttinggs have tiny roots :-))) !!!!)

    Rosie x

  2. Ooooh I have just caught you up! We are posting at the same time!

    Roots!! How exciting! ....The cutting I did lower down are going great guns now and are as good as the Basil planted from seed at the same time and look even stronger plants...

    I am definately doing this again!

  3. Same here - my seeds did nothing. Thanks for the tip!

    Rosie x


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