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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Thursday 28 February 2013

Seeds and shoots

Two weeks ago my Organic Gardening catalogue seed order arrived - seeds, potatoes, onion and shallot sets.

This meant it was time to clean out the porch, get out the heated propagators and get planting :-)

Lots more lovely seeds have arrived since then - from More Veg, The Real Seed Co and from Suttons, to add to my seedy mountain.

And 10 days after I sowed the tomatoes, look what has happened :-)

How are your seeds doing?


  1. Marvellous! After just 10 days too!
    I hope mine show the same will for life.


  2. It's winter seedlings for us here so I have broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts all up and broad beans and garlic to plant out as soon as my beds are built and up and running. My corn, tomatoes, capsicums and zucchini (corgettes) are all still doing their thing and it's a race ow against the first frosts. I am looking forward so much to the cooler months though as I will be focussing very much on compost, compost and even more compost, ready for spring planting in October. :)

  3. Still no sun yet - it's been weeks and weeks of grey so I won't be starting anything just yet, but this month is the month I am beginning to plot and plan. The potatoes are chitting and I put the shallots and winter lettuce seed under cover at least so I feel like I'm doing something heh.


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