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!

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Summer Solstice (1)

Solstice Blessings to all my lovely readers:-)

Look! No rain! Washing drying on the line!

Today it was warm, fine and dry so in the morning we went out to Ledbury - I had a hair trim,we went to various shops including giving more stuff to the charity shop and then to the recycling site and the feed store for various chicken food and bedding.

We then had lunch in Much Marcle at The Royal Oak, very enjoyable to go out as we don't do it very often.

Once we got home I got on with the mowing - the grass, although very long,was finally dry enough to cut and I managed to get it ALL done including the little paddock at the top of the wood. Which meant I could move one of the hen runs and give some of the hens fresh grass - they were very impressed! The girls in the Mega Hen Pen had to make do with a large pot of finally-past-its-best-and-gone-tough Kale from the polytunnel- which they stripped in seconds, it was quite scary to see them go at it - locusts sprang to mind.

 Compostman had meanwhile finally planted out all the leeks

And he weeded the potatoes

I harvested the last of the 2011 planted spinach plants

I couldn't leave all the clover etc as it was longer than even the highest setting on the cutter but I left a number of big patches uncut for the bees and butterflies. Compostman will scythe it off later on and we can use it as hay.

I had just finished the mowing at about 7 pm when it came on to rain - cue to stop.

Then I read a book and crochet more of my throw. A good day :-)


  1. Oh feel my envy! It was utterly soppy here on Solstice. And more of the same today. Not sure who got our summer but it's giving us a miss. Blessed Solstice to you and yours!

  2. I'm glad I am not the only one who mows around the clover :} Solistice was a wash-out here, lucky you to have a dry day.


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