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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Friday 20 March 2009


Another beautiful, busy, planting and wood cutting day here today! It is the Spring Equinox, when the length of day and night is balanced and the wheel of the year swings around again towards summer and fruitfulness....I shall be honouring the spring over this weekend, planting and tidying and making all ready for a fruitful summer...and going into the woodland to meditate on the changing seasons and the wonders of nature....

Compostman has been cleaning out all the nest boxes around the sheds and house. Here is Compostgirl examining the contents of one...

which had a Hornets nest built inside...

It WAS perfect and we wanted to carefully remove it so Compostgirl could take it in to school...

but then Cathy hen came along to investigate what we were doing...and trod on it....

Still, it IS good to see her back to her normal, nosy, chatty, annoying self.....



  1. I spent the Spring Equinox gardening ALL day - boys were at school, Simon was out with the dogs so I had the place to myself. I got so much done. Now everyone is here and we are off to put up a bag of nesting material for the birds.

    Rosie x

  2. What a beautiful Spring you are having. We are still a little cool here. Trying desperately to get rid of the snow. :) Enjoy your weekend.

  3. How neat is that find! IT will be very interesting for all the kids when it makes it to school.


  4. I've been meaning to get my nestbox down to clean out whatever may be in it, but for the last couple of weeks I've been watching Blue Tits going in and out, so I don't want to disturb it now. Hope they'll be ok, and there wasn't any nasties in it.

  5. what is it with chickens and their big feet? mine are always stepping in their water bowl, or just generally not looking where they're going properly.


  6. I love the photographs :) The hornets nest is very interesting, did compost girl take it to school in the end?
    Glad Kathy is back to normal xx

  7. Compostgirl DID take it in, to much amazed comment!

    WHY do chickens seem drawn to tread on anything precious?

    Am baffled................


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