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 28 August 2010

Harvesting things.

What we have been doing this week is...

Picking pears

Harvesting the first of the potatoes for storage. We have been eating them since June, but now it is time to lift them and let thm harden off on the surface for a few hours, and then store them , for use in the winter months.

Harvesting the Lavender, for use in soaps and lotions and potions.

Some of the Onions, lifted (finally!) It has been SO wet we have not been able to and were really worried they would rot in the ground...)

More Onions, a tray of shallots ( really good crop this year!) and the first of the pumpkins!

Plums. Lots of them. We have called in friends to come and pick the surplus!


  1. What a beautfiul harvest! And, BTW, my ten year old son walks around singing "Marvellous Compost Bin" all day. It's hilarious! Thanks for the great blog!

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  4. Fantastic web site, I hadn't come across compostbins.blogspot.com earlier in my searches!
    Keep up the great work!

  5. Fantastic harvest! Those plums look delicious!
    Thanks for the hug, needed that x

  6. what kind of plums are they? I am so looking for more than just apples for around here.


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