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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Sunday 23 February 2014


After my last post I must admit I am beginning to feel cautiously optimistic that Spring might be on the way...

The snowdrops and crocii in the front garden are all blooming

 As are the ones in the Wood, and the wild daffodils are beginning to open.

The Bluebell foliage is very much in evidence now and the flower buds are beginning to push up out from the stems.

I also saw my first Queen Bumblebee emerging from hibernation !

I set up my heated propagators in the porch last week and sowed the first of the tomato, pepper and aubergine seeds and they are already growing - lots of seedlings have emerged. I have also sown onion seeds along with lots of brassicas and salads.

The ground is still far too wet underfoot to venture on to the veg garden or walk on the lawns, so I can't do much about digging over flower beds or preparing the soil but at least I feel I have finally got started on the 2014 growing season.


  1. It does seem very spring like out there doesn't it!

    1. Not today as we have sleet and it is very cold out! But yesterday was beautiful. :)

  2. I know, but I am still not prepared to start sowing yet as I have neither a decent greenhouse or polytunnel. I bet mother nature will bite us all on the backside before too long:(


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