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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Monday 25 February 2013

Mowing and growing.

I never thought I would say this at this time of year but...but we cut the grass the other day.

We have never cut the grass in Feb, before. Normally it is far too cold and wet and the grass is not growing. But this year , although the veg plot soil is still too wet to dig the ground with the grass on has dried out ( maybe due to the grass sucking up the water as it grew?) and I looked at it on Sunday and thought " that needs mowing"

So we wrapped up warm and did just that.

After a bit my back really began to ache, so Compostman took over while I put some of the grass into the compost bins and the newly empty HotBin.

It means the bulbs will be more easily seen, at least! And I have lots of lovely grass to get my compost bins nice and hot :-)


  1. Your snowdrops look great around your flower beds!

  2. We have grass growing too which, after a summer of pretty much no rainfall (yep, almost all 3 months with 2 very light showers only) our lawn has been reduced to dead grass, a few long taprooted and hardy weeds and clay dust with large 12-15mm wide cracks throughout it. It started raining 3-4 days ago and pretty much hasn't stopped since and the grass is vivid green and about 5cm tall already! Opportunist! Not yet ready for mowing but it won't be long now.

  3. When we lived in Downton, Wilts. in the late 50s and early 60s, we had daffodils growing through a large section of our lawn. My father used to mow a path through them...

    Snowdrops - beautiful :-)

  4. Maybe the grass started growing because there has been less rain?

    Glad you all liked the snowdrops - I tend to take their lovelyness for granted - there are so many around here it is easy to overlook how lovely they really are :-)

  5. It's really mild here too and I contemplated getting the mower out yesterday.
    Your snowdrops look lovely BTW.



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