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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Sunday 6 November 2011

Apple juicing

We have had an amazing apple harvest here this year, so much so that we had to split the juicing into two sessions - the first for the apples which were destined for juice and the second session for the cider making apples.

 As usual we used The Little Cider Press Co for the juicing

 We got 35 l of juice from one pressing - thats VERY juicy apples!

So after I came home I spent the rest of a very hot afternoon filling up bottles and pasteurising them, 13 bottles at a time.

We ended up with 40 bottles of juice - should help us through the winter :-) The juice tastes wonderful - bottled sunshine!


  1. Fantastic to hear. I live in Kent, aka "The Garden of England." I am surrounded by apple orchards, most of which are no longer actively harvested due to the incredible growth of cheaper imported apples in supermarkets here. So they are there for the picking (with the farmers' permission, of course)!

  2. Welcome, William!

    I have just put up the post about the cider making :-)


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