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!

Sunday 4 August 2013

Propagating...something like, but not, an artichoke

These are some sort of perennial sunflower I think ( if anyone knows what they are please tell me!) They are vaguely Jerusalem artichoke like in flower and habit. But are not those.

They are really lovely and make a great cut flower, but unfortunately the area they  infest grow in is overcome with bindweed and is also going to be where the new greenhouse is sited.

So today I have been taking lots of rhizomes up, pulling off the bindweed and planting the rhizome ( sans bindweed, I hope!) into pots .

These will be planted out next year - I will over winter them in the poly tunnel. ( oh poly tunnel how I adore thee - you make my dreams come true!)

I have lots of PLANS involving lots of herbaceous perennials for next year. ...told you it was a mistake to let me go to RHS shows!

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