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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Tuesday 24 July 2012


As I am appearing in the local media this week for winning the Innovation Award at the Garden Organic Masters Conference - here is the link to my write up of the day


I am SO pleased and proud to have won this award - and if you are visiting me for the first time as a result of reading about it in the local press - a HUGE welcome from me! I hope you enjoy reading what I have written about, here in The Compost Bin, and that you follow my blog and become a regular reader. :-)

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  1. All looking very nice I must say. With the exception of our blueberries now planted in the ground (despite it being a little too alkaline for them) our gooseberries and raspberries are looking very sick. I seem to have lost my blackberry and the loganberry seems to be going the same way. Granted they were drowned out with 4 inches of rain, even so, am beginning to wonder if it was the drowning or whether a mulch of bark has caused any problems. Any ideas? I'll happily send/post photo's if needed. HELP

  2. I suspect the rain, to be honest :-( but what sort of bark was it? Home made, shopbought?

    I would maybe aerate around the plants with a fork a bit, just to aid the water logging - or you could ( if it is do able) dig them up, put some drainage in the bottom of the hole ( gravel etc) and re plant them? Or even move them to somewhere less prone to water logging?

    Hope these ideas all help

  3. The bark was shop bought. I put some around my pond and all plants there are okay. I have never known this part of the garden flood, I think too it might be the excessive rainfall. I will give them another year, aerate like you say and see how it goes. If they are still not right, might get some new ones and try again. Thank you.


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