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 17 March 2011

Today I have .....pricked out many, many tomato plants - they are about 6 inches high and I have now got 6 plants of each variety in a multi cell cell and another 4 in individual pots.

I have grown;

Pink Cherry, Red Cherry, Aunty Madge, Gardeners Delight (Cherry)

Costoluto Fiorentino, Costoluto Genovese, Big Boy, Beefsteak, Black Russian, Amiee stuffing, Carlton (Beef)

Shirley, Moneymaker, Latah, Roma, Golden Sunrise, Yellow Perfection,

plus a few others I can't remember now...

I have about 170 plants all growing well, some in the cold frame in side the polytunnel ( those are mine!) and some in the porch conservatory ( which I will sell or give away.)

Have similar quantities of peppers, have grown Californian Wonder, Nardullo, Marconi Rosso, Romano and Hot Cayenne chilli.

We use a lot of tomatoes and now I dehydrate most of them we don't have the space storage issues in the freezers which we used to have to deal with.

These photos were taken 2 weeks ago when the seedlings were just over 2 weeks old.


  1. So many great varieties. Totally awesome! Looking forward to reading how these do in your garden!

  2. Hello, came in to catch up as it's been ages, and I see you've been beavering away. I wanted to thank you for your earlier post about going to your Scrapstore - it led me to discover that most surprisingly, we also have one in Dorset, and it's not too far from me! I will now be adding that to my list of places to go and have a mooch in, the kids will love it. Must get the seeds out - all we've done so far is the spuds. Good luck with all the tomatoes! xx

  3. Hi Sarah
    Hope you're well. Congratulations on all the growing!
    Just wanted to let you know the sad news that Mrs Flint (can't remember if she was Buffy or Willow) died today. It was very quick and very unexpected; she hadn't shown any signs of being under the weather. We're really sorry she's gone..but we do still have her 3 beautiful daughters.
    Hope everything is OK with you


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