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!

Monday 8 September 2008

Monday catch up

Yesterday, in the brief gap between rain, Compostman lifted all the carrots ( a lot have gone rotten.... ) and I cleaned out 3 lots of hen houses, got 3 wheelbarow loads of shreddings to put down in the runs, laid a load of hay ( full of mites so no use ) down in the squelchiest bits of the hen paddock and played with the chicks and Sweetiepie.

Also gathered beans, cougettes, marrows and the last of the shallots from the garden.

We had a leg of lamb for Sunday roast, will all veg and redcurrant jelly from our garden.

One day the meat will be from there also but for now I shall just keep working on Compostman for us to have a few pigs .....

Today has been not so good....Compostman went to hospital for his pre op booking in appointment which went well and he is scheduled to have his op on Wednesday

whilst he was gone, I settled down to do lots of paperwork in the study but at 12.30 got a phone call from school to say that poor old Compostgirl had been spectacularly sick EVERYWHERE.

so toddled off to collect her and she is most poorly.....and she spent the rest of the day mainly in bed. Poor litle love she is all upset and uncomfortable and clingy.

I hope she feels better soon and DOESN'T give her bug to either Compostman or me.......



  1. So sorry to hear Compostgirl is sick. I hope she is better soon and that Compostman's op goes OK on Wed. Sounds like you have got a lot on your plate so don't forget time for yourself {hugs}.

    Rosie x

  2. Hope CG feels better soon and that all goes well for CM.

  3. I just found your blog and I love it!!

    I was wondering how much you land you own? I would love to know how big your poly-tunnel is:)

    You have given me many ideas:)


  4. Hello lovely readers!

    I shall post an update soon but have had a fraught couple of days :-0

    BUT Compostman is out of hospital this pm..and is asleep in our bed.

    Compostgirl is recovered and is fine, but worried about Daddy ( as am I!)

    Renee thanks for the compliment..I shall do a post all about my Polytunnel very soon..as this year it has been essential!

    Lots of love to you all xx

  5. Hi

    I've just found your blog - went back to INEBG after a spell away because I wanted some info and your name cropped up. I know you are busy at the moment with family (hope everybody is returned to full health SOON) but when you have a free second or two, please could you post or point me to a good article somewhere on bottling. You mentioned in one post that you do bottle fruit. Maybe tomatoes as well? As a total beginner, I need a basic how-to-do-it article with no jargon and every step explained fully. My friend and I are thinking about bottling apples and maybe tomatoes as well and every article we've read has something that is not as clear as we would like it. We both make jams and chutneys but have never got around to bottling. I think we are both maybe a little scared by all the stories of botulism that we've read.

    I'd be very grateful for some help.


  6. Thank you for sharing your blog. You directed me over from INEBG and it's been a pleasure reading your adventures. (Love all the pics too)

  7. Hope all are well in the compost house.

    Rosie x


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