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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

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!


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Zero Waste Week - Barn and polytunnel clear out and tidy up


Much like the Study in the house, the Barn tends to be a bit of a dumping ground for all sorts of stuff we want to keep, but don't quite know how or when... so it gets cluttered with empty feed bags, boxes, paper feed sacks, all sorts of stuff basically. I have to periodically have a huge sort out, so I decided Zero Waste Week would be as good a time as any...

Before




After



Pellet bags and Amazon card used to line the Hen houses and nest boxes.


5 Kg buckets waiting for holes so they can become huge plant pots
Big white bin now a rubbish bin but was the outside of our old water softener, which died recently





Poly bags which had held bales of Aubiose ( hen bedding) reused under wood pile and to cover up bales of straw.


5 L containers which had held bulk buys of washing up liquid etc is re used ( after cleaning) to transport water for the hens to drink



I tore up any damaged boxes as they will be great to add to the compost bins.







The Polytunnel has been tidied a bit - all the blighted tomato plants have gone and I have made a start on clearing out the buckets of old growing media,



 

 
 but I have been sidetracked by this happening next to the polytunnel....













 So the polytunnel and washing the plant pots has had to wait!



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