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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Tuesday 12 August 2008

Tuesday update!

Today I have dried LOTS of tomatos, herbs and courgettes in my lovely new dehydrator....Cost 30 pence in electricity and made the same as (to buy) £8 worth of organic sun dried toms, £9 of organic herbs, unknown cost of dried courgettes....
It took a very long time to dry the half cherry tomatos, the slices were much quicker but they all tasted DELICIOUS!

I can see this piece of kit paying for itself VERY soon!!

Also bottled 5 L of Damson 2007 wine (hic) and for the eagle eyes amonst you , the labels were printed off on 31 July but we have only just got round to doing the job! ( Its like that here at Compost Mansions quite often!)


  1. Wow that machine looks amazing and I think you will certainly make use of it. Is that all it cost in electricity to dry all of that?? How long did it take??

  2. It took about 14 hours to dry the cherry toms Salena, and about 30 pence.....I was able to dry the herbs and the courgettes at the same time..they took much less time!

    IF I had just put in 3 trays of cherry toms I guess it might have been quicker though...I am experimneting with how ling and how much it dries at the moment!

    will let you know!

    Oh and the top is warm enough to prove bread rolls too!


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