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.

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Saturday 9 November 2013

And this is how the neighbours harvest apples

This is just one of many apple orchards which surround our house and grounds. The trees are planted in straight lines to allow tractor access between the rows.

At harvest time each tree is shaken vigorously and the apples fall to the ground.

They are then blown sideways by a giant blower. This puts the apples into positon to be gathered up mechanically.

Finally they are gathered up from the ground by a rotating brush and go up a conveyor belt and into a trailer.

A bit different to the way we do it, but then our farming neighbours do have a lot of apple trees!

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