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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Friday 3 May 2013

Rocket Gardens delivery # 2

 The second delivery of my Constant Garden arrived from Rocket Gardens this week.

I was sent an email at 7 pm on the evening of 30 April letting me know my garden would arrive in the next 24 - 72 hours - in fact it arrived at 9.30 the next morning so less than 24 hours after dispatch!

As I effectively still had 48 hours spare before the latest delivery time, I decided to leave unpacking it until today so I left the box in a cool, dark place - away from prying hens!

Rocket allow for delivery times of up to 72 hours from dispatch , and indeed you can leave the plants for up to 24 hours after delivery, before they need planting. So in theory the plants could last up to 4 days from dispatch to planting. I am not sure I would want to risk leaving that long, though!

I unpacked the box - lovely hay packing as usual

 First layer of plants -

 All the plants were very healthy and strong looking, and still with moist root balls.

 Four layers of plants and straw later I had excavated them all and got planting!

 I am still preparing the raised beds where these plants will end up growing so for now I have put them all in multicelled trays to grow a little larger.

And of course the packaging is fully compostable :-)

In the second delivery of my small Constant Garden I received  the following growing baby plants:

  • Mixed Lettuce x 15
  • Red cabbage x 5
  • White cabbage x 5
  • Savoy cabbage x 5
  • Beetroot x 10
  • Perpetual spinach x 10
  • Leeks x 10
  • Wild rocket x 10
  • Rainbow chard x 10
  • Onions x 20
  • Peas x 1
  • Chives x 1

  • Carrots x 20
  • Sage x 1
  • Thyme x 1
  • Rosemary x 1

  • The Carrots plants were not sent as they have had issues with transplanting them so I received a packet of seed instead, also the Sage, Thyme and Rosemary plants are delayed until the next delivery due to the poor weather we have had recently.

    I am very impressed with these plants - they are a good size and look beautifully healthy. I can't wait to start eating them !

    1. I sowed some of the seeds you sent me today. I'm hoping they will go into my new bed down our drive.

      1. Ooh which ones? I hope they grow well for you, anyway :-)

      2. Both of the climbing French beans, the radish and little gem lettuce.


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