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!

Wednesday 22 May 2013

When the big hens are shut away....and don't forget to enter the Givaway!

Out come the New girls!

Pearl, Amber, Treacle, Marigold and Pepper, waiting to be let out.

Having a good poke around in the ground.

The potatoes coming through in the outside raised bed - fenced off from the chickens!

I managed to do some mowing today - still loads more to cut but it came on to rain so I had to stop.

We had a bit of excitement inside the garage today - one of the cats caught a mole and let it go inside the garage, so we had a lot of fun trying to catch it to rescue it! Moles are very noisy!

Amber hen has decided she likes being my pet chicken and she follows me everywhere. She sits on my shoulder sometimes :-)

Off to do more gardening and growing - it is a very busy time of year!

Hope everybody is doing well - don't forget to enter the giveaway!


  1. So envious! I keep considering getting hens but then think I've no grass for them, not sure if they'd cope if I was having a low-energy week, and I have a lot of foxes and badgers around so I don't think they'd be very safe! A nice dream, however, I will live vicariously through your hen posts.

  2. Lovely to hear from you :-)

    An Eglu is pretty well fox proof, and hens can live on bark rather than grass ( they would rapidly trash the grass anyway) but yes there is effort involved in cleaning and moving the run to put down new bark etc. I have had many times where I could not manage if I did not have Compostman to help ( or sometimes even do it for me)


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