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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

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!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Patio update and a very wet Fri

On Thursday builders Russell and Lee returned to work on the patio, joined by Rob in the afternoon. We had a lovely fine day so they got a huge amount of work done - I couldn't believe how much more of the patio was laid!

 It is looking really good.


 We have made a start on filling in the large hole in the meadow

Spot the Compostman?

As always any thing which happens around here has an interested obvserver, either cat or chicken.

The plan was for the builders to return on Fri and hopefully finish the patio slabs and maybe get some of the pointing done, but of course we has epic rain all day on Friday, so the plan was ( literally) a washout.

I spent a lot of Fri resting my back, sewing, crocheting, writing and creating order out of the chaos which was my desk.

And harvesting more stuff.


  1. That extended and flat patio is going to be a real God send. Lovely amount of harvest as well. We were able to pick 5lbs of an unknown eating apple off the tree when we went to see our Chiropractor yesterday. Don't know the make but is is lovely.

    1. Its looking lovely Dc, we are very pleased so far :)

      I didn't show the other 70 lb of pears, 6 courgettes, 30 lb of damsons and loads of peppers, tomatos and beans I or Compostman also harvested.

  2. Very nice. At least the weather cooperated for awhile! Our hot, dry spell has pretty much stopped production except for tomatoes.


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