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 5 May 2009

Eco Club plant stall at Blossomtime event

Sunday I got up early ish and did the hens, watered the polytunnel plants etc before starting to load up the car with plants.

Lovely trees waiting to be bought!

Mmmm salads, tomatos, beans, peas, aubergines, peppers, herbs...all waiting to go to new homes.

I did 3 trips to the village hall and then set up my table, along with a trestle table kindly provided for me, outside the hall and laid out the stall.

Sue joined me at 1.30 and we made ready for the flood of people coming for the start of the cider tasting in the hall. We had the plants to sell and had designed and written a Family Nature trail as well to sell. This was a sheet with a map of a walk across the fields from the village hall to Aylton Church and the wonderful, newly refurbished Court Barn, with 20 things to spot along the way. We had all had fun the previous Sunday doing this walk and getting the clues sorted out!

Business was very brisk on the plant stall, we sold lots of plants and I was very busy giving advice on how to grow the various veg plants to people who hadn't grown much stuff before but wanted to start growing, which I found very encouraging! We had grown a lot of heritage varieties and these went very quickly, especially the tomato plants and salads.

We also had a lot of general interest shown about Eco Club and Gardening Club, and of course lots of children from the school live locally so came up to look at "their " plants! A good number of families bought a nature trail sheet and had fun.

Much cider was also drunk ;-)Well the event in the hall was the tasting of the winners (and all entrants) for the Big Apple Cider and Perry awards.

Compostman and Compostgirl came over later, Compostgirl spent most of the time playing with her friends, although she did walk the trail and pronounced it "fun"
Compostman took a turn on the plant stall while I went and got much needed tea and cake from the Tarrington Brownies.

Plant stall after an hour, not much left!

We sold everything in the 3 hours we were there, apart from a few big trees...which have now also found a home.

And we raised nearly £100 for Eco Club, which I think is a good total :-)


  1. Sounds like it was a busy but productive day :)

  2. Looks like a fantastic day! :)
    Now we're getting a green house I'm looking to grow loads of extra seedlings next year and sell them at a local plant sale, hope it goes as well as yours did. :)

  3. Great time! And that is a most respectable fund-raising amount for the eco club I'd say. I like this idea of a sale much more than the traditional fundraisers (raffle, food, etc).... do you know how the whole Blossomtime event got started?


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