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!

Thursday 8 April 2010

Catch up!

Hmm, this wonderful weather has meant we have been SO busy, trying to catch up after the snow/rain we had earlier on...

Yesterday have planted out all the broad bean plants, early carrots seeds, shallots, I also barrowed a load of compost to finish of the last 2 x 3 m raised bed, and got it ready to plant the next lot of second earlies potatos. I have also covered the carrot/shallot bed with a home made fleece cloche ( to keep off carrot fly and bloody beaks of nosy hens...)

also covered all broad beans with cloche tunnels ( to keep off the bloody...etc .. hens....)

Helped CM to fell a very beautiful Bird Cherry yesterday did not really want to fell it as it was magnificent BUT it was producing such a lot of shading over the veg plot, now it is fully grown, that for the last 4 years we have said we must fell it....so this year, we did    Sad though...but lots of fire wood and some nice wood for me to make things with

Today we felled another wild cherry and a big silver birch, and CM shredded a lot of twiggery while CG and I were out,  so the hens will have lots of wood shred to play in, inside their new and wonderous pen, later on..

Also I moved the new picnic benches into the woodland camp site, so next I need to sort out the tarp. shelter/bodgers hovel I am errecting there...

Today we went to the launch of a new playpark in Ledbury, very busy and good fun. Lots of different services present ( youth, police, surestart, childrens centre etc ) also climbing wall, fit4life, and lots of fun things..CG had a great time as we met up with her  best friends ( and my best friend (their Mum) as well)

Spent a very enjoyable 4 hours together, walked around the activity trail I have written for a client AND I did a lot of promoting my business to various people and handed out lots of info and networked like crazy..

I was stupidly busy this morning before we left for Ledbury, college work and work work and house accounts etc ....as well as more veg plot stuff and poly tunnel stuff..and I helped CG with some Brownie badges she is in the mddle of doing

Now (6 pm)   I am having a sit down and a cuppa before I go and plant more spuds...then later I guess more assignment beckons....

Later on tonight

Have  tonight potted on yet more tomato plants, put them in the cloche inside the PT and also planted yet more assorted seeds ( to replace some which grew but got massacred by hens....).And done 1000 words of my curent assignment...and discovered that the network at college has been down since before Easter, which was why I couldn't get on to the VLE....might try for an extension because of that as couldn't access some stuff I needed..and it affected EVERYBODY, so think it might be worth an ask......


  1. Good to catch up with what you're doing... you are further on than me with your planting it seems.
    Enjoy this sunny weather!

  2. There is so much to be done now the weather is thinking it might be time for Spring. I hope you're not overdoing it. It would be good to hear how your new 'girls' are doing, when you've got a moment.

  3. Hey there, haven't seen you post in ages, sure hope you're all right!


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