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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Thursday 6 March 2014

Signs of Spring!

Well the new season finally kicks off :)

Today I saw several Queen Bumblebees and a couple of Butterflies in the garden. The woodpeckers are drumming and yaffling in the wood and the air is full of birdsong. At night I see lots of Newts and Toads getting amorous on the patio and gravel drive :)

Tomato, aubergine and pepper seeds are up in the heated propagators and various salads and brassicas are growing well as are onion and leek seedlings

The potatos are chitting nicely ( lots more out of shot)

and the earliest potaoes are begining to grow in their bags in the polytunnel.

What is the betting it snows, next week?


  1. Its my first year with an allotment and I no nothing. I'm told not to plant yet then the next person says I should be planting then someone else told me not to worry it all catches up in the end. I'm so confused so I will be watching you closely x

  2. I have a polytunnel ( with cold frames inside) so I am sowing tomatos, peppers and aubergines in my heated props now - IF I was groing them outside I would not be thinking of doing so.

    Leeks, onion seeds, salads, brassicas, celeriac etc can all ne sown in modules now, to be planted out later as plants - but IMO it is too cold and wet to sow seeds into the ground.

    You could cover some ground with plastic/cloches/some cover - so it warms up a bit earlier - that works well. Also, watch what the more experienced people do at your allotment - they will have an idea what needs to go in, when :)

  3. Please don't mention the 'snow' word! It's been glorious today.. It's great to see the bees and some butterflies out and about :o)

  4. The weather is great, I was potting on some seedlings yesterday as well as other garden jobs.


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