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!

Saturday 27 July 2013

A very rainy day

Today started out warm and dry, so I settled down to do some much needed potting up of herbaceous perennials at my outside potting bench

I managed to do quite a lot of work and had done 20 or so rooted cuttings into pots, when I realised it was getting very dark.

and then I heard a rumble of thunder, and then another.  At this point I decided to get all my stuff off the bench and into the dry. I loaded up the wheelbarrow and two trips saw all the assorted potting paraphernalia into the polytunnel.

 At that point I thought I would go inside and have a drink,

but then the rain started to fall. Epic quantities of water fell from the sky.


  And I was trapped in the polytunnel, with no coat, so I decided to stay where I was,

I thought I would have a good look round at all the plants, seedlings, cuttings and check on everything to see how it was faring.

My turmeric has finally sprouted! I planted a bit of rhizome back in Feb, and it has finally grown :-)

 And the Lemongrass has all grown - so I now have far too many plants for me to use - will have to add "lemongrass" to the list of herbs for sale!


My temporary prison - not that I minded as I love being in my polytunnel.

Aubergines nearly ready to harvest

Still poring with rain after 30 mins and it was lunchtime so I made a dash for the house - I got very wet!

But I could see the ground soaking up the much needed water like a sponge and all the vegetables immediately perked up and grew a few inches, so I didn't mind in the least getting a bit wet :-)


  1. Glad you managed to escape - lovely pics :-)

    1. Thanks hazel, I was in one of my favourite "inside" places so was quite happy for an hour but then I needed a cuppa!

  2. I wish we would get some, I'm going to have to water today.


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