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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood .
I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun. 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, 11 August 2008

Monday musings

Well I am very excited today as my new dehydrator has arrived!
So far today Compostgirl and I have prepared a load of Basil and Parsley for drying

halved a lot of cherry tomatoes
and prepared Courgette thins.

Compostgirl is VERY excited about all this! ( and so am I)

The dehydrator is doing its stuff now!


  1. Wow that's great - I'd like a dehydrator (I love kitchen gadgets) but the current budget says "no". I have however, seen how to make a DIY one in the Organic Gardening Magazine so I'm off to grovel to Simon .......

    Rosie x

  2. Saw that too and sweriously thought about it BUT we need to dehydrate stuff NOW , not " when Compostman gets the time to make one..."

    as he is SO busy.....

    Also when he DOES build one, it will get use as well as we have LOADS of stuff to preserve.

    Just finished a batch of "sun dried" tomatoes and am bottling them in olive oil....


  3. WOW thats a sexy looking dehydrator, mine is round and looks similar to a steamer.
    I am watching and waiting for my tomatoes to ripen to dry them, just out of interest how long did your cherry tom halves take?

  4. Cherry toms seemed to take a long time? about 14 hours...but it has been raining non stop here for all that time so humidity was high ( which makes a difference)

    I AM impressed with it already!


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