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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Thursday 1 April 2010

Today I mostly...................


I have a bad cold, runny nose, eyes, sneezing lots - the works..so I  didn't go to see a fellow freecycler to collect some mypex weed sheet from her... I didbn't think she would want my cold in return.!

Instead I had a bit of a rest, read a load of teaching related magazines and books by the woodburner, I tidied up the sitting room, the kitchen, washed out and dried off for storage 20 apple juice bottles for use in the the autumn again, ggenerally had a bit of a sort out of all the "stuff" that a kitchen bench can accumulate...

I sorted out all the seeds so I have the next lot ready for successional sowing and I also did the same for the school garden seeds, so when we get back after Easter break the children and I can get planting!

I put a load of magazines out to either be passed on to friends or recycled.

 I did some ironing.

I transplanted 80 tomato plants into individual pots and put them in the cold frame inside the polytunnel..These will be sold to make money for either me or the school garden fund at an event on May Day BH weekend...

6 of each variety are inside the warmer porch area, as that is a very effective greenhouse and those are for my use....and will be bigger, earlier plants when I come to plant them out in the PT

I will be doing peppers tomorrow and then I can get the cucumbers and melons moved in ...and the courgettes planted up ( the outside ones) the iside courgettes are already growing well.

As are beans, peas, and all sorts but they are stacked up inside the PT, waiting for it to dry up enough for me to plant them outside.....which looks unlikely!

All in all a productive day, which is good, as to be honest I didn't think I would manage to do very much today!


  1. You had such a full day, it makes me feel very lazy. I will plant some seeds at home today as it is too cold and rainy to want to go to the allotment. Hope you feel better soon and have a good Easter weekend.


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