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 6 July 2013

Ice, and a slice

I had some nice presents in the post today :) I will save the first present to talk about tomorrow so here is the second parcel to arrive.

This was a load of lovely organic seeds from  The Organic Gardening Catalogue sent to me by the nice folk at Ice   Ice is a new, flexible customer reward programme which identifies sustainable products and services, from high-street retailers to small independent businesses, presents them to you in a one-stop shop and rewards you generously when you buy them via Ice.

Ice say on their website that
Our mission is to mitigate climate change via mass consumer purchase power. By changing small things we do and buy every day, together we can minimise harm to the environment, help mitigate climate change and preserve the ice caps.
Ice promotes sustainable living and keeping things organic, including encouraging more people to grow their own fruit and vegetables from home. As part of this ideal, Ice is running a ‘Grow Your Own’ competition alongside The Organic Gardening Catalogue (one of its partners) to encourage home grown, sustainable produce and they asked me if I would take part :) hence the collection of lovely seeds they have sent me

I have been a long time user of organic seeds from The Organic Gardening Catalogue so was delighted to be asked to join in with this competition. I will be sowing these seeds in the next week and will be giving regular updates on their progress as well as hints and tips on how to sow them and (hopeful) how well they grow. I may even provide you with some recipe hints for using the crops :-) 

And the slice? Well that refers to my lovely Celery and Salad leaves - 

freshly picked from the garden, provided as plug plants by Rocket Gardens and tasting absolutely delish. I have such an abundance of salad crops at the moment, the tomatoes are just starting to trickle out of the polytunnel and my idea of heaven is a boiled egg and salad sandwich, with home made bread and home grown salad along with home laid eggs. Bliss! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend ;-)

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