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.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Tuesday 30 April 2013

A reminder about my "How to" gardening guides

 Hello lovely people :-)

I'm getting a lot of google searches showing up for various gardening and veg growing terms.

For those who are new to The Compost Bin, or maybe just didn't realise :-) 

 If you look up the top of this blog, you will see a number of "tabs". One of them is labelled "How to" guides.

If you click on it you will find links to various different posts I have written, which you may find helpful. I have also put them below.

You may also find some of the videos on my YouTube channel helpful at this time of year, click on the tab or follow the link.

Gardening -Composting

How I make compost

Top tips to maximise how much compost you make.

Making Leaf Mould

Gardening -Growing

Starting Tomatoes, Peppers and Aubergine seeds

Starting Parsnip seeds

Growing Beans

Growing Potatoes in bags

Growing Potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes


  1. I love your how to's and regularly read them. I still can't make decent compost though :(


    1. Can I help in any way Linda?

    2. I don't know. I changed my plastic bins to wood pallet bins because the compost never seemed to rot down but it still doesn't seem to rot down - it takes years.
      Should I leave the first bin to rot because the stuff is a year old and then start a fresh bin or should I keep adding to the first bin? So confusing!
      Would appreciate any advice. Thank you

  2. When I have a minute I will check out your 'How-To's' not too much time to spare at the moment - it's definitely all go and grow.

    1. I suspect you already know most, if not all of it!


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