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!

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Digging and yet more digging

Tuesday was fine and dry, so the work started on the patio 


 Compostman taking up turf.

Getting rid of the old patio and finding the not very good foundations - we now know why the old patio went so horribly wonky and sunk!

 The new area of patio. We are reusing all the slabs

Compostman was busy with the JCB and it came in very handy today :)

 Cassi Cat is not impressed by all this

Lovely new terracotta floor tiles - easy to clean up the mud :)


In between making hot drinks, answering questions, doing some writing work and my normal chores I also managed to make some Damson Jelly and Cordial

Another busy day here :)
And more of the same tomorrow


  1. It's great to be busy, you are always up to something. Your self sufficiency is to be commended.

    1. I am a but tired, though but time enough to rest when you are dead, as my Mum used to say :)

  2. It will be lovely to see the new patio in use next summer - here's hoping that it's another long hot one! Jx


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