Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live in Herefordshire with Compostman and teenage daughter Compostgirl. We have just under 4 acres of land which contains a woodland, polytunnel, small orchard, garden and veg plot. We grow our own organic produce and make lots of cider, wine, jam and chutney. We also make a lot of compost. We share our lives with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We try our best to live a more self reliant lifestyle, growing and making and fixing and mending and re-using and re-cycling stuff, if we can.
I used to be a Research Scientist, but that was many years ago. I now work as a freelance environmental educator/writer/lecturer/Forest School practitioner and community artist; I also spend a lot of time volunteering as a Master Composter, Master Gardener, Love Food Hate Waste cookery demonstrator and hens@home mentor. Doing all this allows me the privilege of helping people have fun outdoors and live more enjoyable and sustainable lives.
This blog is a record of what I have been up to from day to day. I might write about something I have done in the garden, an article I have written for a magazine, the latest batch of chutney I have made, a training course I have attended or "just" my daily routine of cats, chickens, compost and mud.
I hope you find something to interest you in The Compost Bin, remember there are lots of "How to" guides about all sorts of stuff and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!
Monday, 7 January 2013
Working in the garden
Here she follows a fine old tradition of jumping up and down on the leaves!
The hens are still not too keen to venture far from us and tend to spend a lot of time in the barn, so I have put the Eglu house in there ( in case any hen wants to lay an egg) and also food and water for them.
For the last couple of months we have only been getting one or two eggs a day, and for the last two weeks less than a dozen a week but finally they girls are coming out of moult/winter darkness sulks and today we had three eggs! As one hen has given up due to old age, three are moulting and not laying that is 100% laying rate from the other three so well done girls :-)
Yet again we were rewarded with another lovely sunset :-)