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!

Saturday 3 April 2010

Fri. It was very wet today.....

So work was mainly undercover, inside the house or inside the shelter of the polytunnel.

I cleared and tidied the "lean to" which is our 3 and 3/4 sided work area/barn/food store/log store (it is quite big!) and made some more work space to do stuff in...

CM was then working  in the lean to, cutting up lots of timber to make the frame for the new walk in Mega Hen Pen. It is going to be made of of identical wood framed, mesh panels, and will be fixed together so it can be dismantled and moved, if needed.

I also spent several hours washing the inside and the outside of the polytunnel, thus letting in lots more light...a timely reminder to all of you to do the same in your undercover growing area, if you have not already....

I got very wet, though....as I have never mastered the art of squirting water overhead without getting water running down my arm....

Finally, I rearranged the inside of the polytunnel and than sowed more seeds ( brassicas and celeriac) and potted on another batch of various tomato plants. These went from their seed modules into individual 3 inch pots.

Later on inside the house I did some tidying up of the study and bedrooms, and a bit of college work.

Finally, some random photos of the wood, garden and hens...

 Vanilla (right)  and Custard the Cream legbars. Sadly, Custard was taken by a fox last week....

Flowers in the wood


Pruning the apple trees...

The front garden 10 days ago, all these have gone, now!


  1. Glad I found your blog. I looking forward to learning a lot about gardening and composting. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Argh, still the fox trouble eh? What a shame :/ Gardening going apace even in the wet, or at least as much as can do, though hopefully better weather next week!

  3. Hmmmm a polytunnel does sound good!

  4. Poor Custard - was she in a run or free ranging??


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