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!

Sunday 14 September 2008

Honouring the harvest

Well it is Harvest Moon and today we picked the first of the apples (Tom Putt) from our orchard...

I have made a ritual of every year at this time I make new hop garlands, to adorn my beloved Green Man ..........
and to hang in the house...
but isn't that what rituals are all about? ;)

This usually coincides with the hops being harvested around us and the hops which grow in the hedge being ready for me to pick...

and the old garlands are burnt at Sahmain....

so this is what I was doing today!

I have also got some hops drying for beer!

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