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, 21 April 2013

A busy Sunday - spuds, straw, small creatures under the microscope ( including a scorpion!) and much more.

Today I have been busy outside - Compostman helped to dig over the raised beds so I could weed them and put in some more potatoes - these are Orla, an early maincrop which are good to eat as earlies or leave to lift in late summer and use over winter.

I have a raised bed which had Kales in last year and was meant to have a thick topping of compost put on it to raise the level to the top of the bed edge, but the weather was so dreadful ( and the Kales didn't come to much) so I never got around to it. So this year I am trying a new (to me) method of growing potatoes - in the soil but under a cover of straw with a top layer of compost.

 Ideal for an experiment!

so half the Orla are in this front raised bed, in a shallow hole, covered in straw and then compost, the other half of the Orla are in the rear, next door bed, planted in my usual way. Both sets of potatos were planted with a generous scoop of wood ash, as is my normal method.

I shall see which bed does better :-)

In other news Compostgirl and I went on a bug hunt in the compostbins   Sorry I mean a micro animal safari in the varied and many micro habitats we provide at Compost Mansions.

We found a lot of different species and had several interesting talks about habitats, micro organisms, food chains and such like. Compostgirl asked lots of very good questions and came up with many of the answers from her own musings. We also dug out various bug viewers and microscopes for her to use in her work - she is lucky both her parents were research scientists I think :-)

I also think Compostgirl now has a good selection of topics to discuss for her homework :-) And we had lots of fun :-)

She also has some photos printed off to take with her but unlike her paper copies these are better as if you click on them as they get bigger :-)

A Millipede - they feed on decaying material and are primary consumers

A Pseudoscorpion! Mighty predator of the compost world - eats anything it can get its claws on and inject venom into. Nice.

Am going to settle down now this evening to watch some TV, read and catch up with some quilting :-)

Will post about the first Rocket Constant Garden delivery tomorrow but am just too tired to do so now.


  1. What a cornucopia of fun! I love this blog and have just put you into my RSS Feed Reader and when we are in the middle of winter, here in Tasmania Australia, I can at least see a garden at work :)

    1. Hello there :-) We are gearing up to our gardening after a very long, cold, slow winter - it feels like it has been winter forever this year.


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