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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Friday 21 March 2014

Spring is Sprung

 Spring is Sprung! Today is the Spring Equinox, when the days and nights are of equal length. For now the days will get longer and the nights, shorter.

My first batch of tomato plants are growing very well and I have potted them on once already. They are nearly ready to go into larger, individual pots.

 Some already potted into 3 inch pots.

More tomato and pepper seedlings in the heated propagator - see Creosote the Cockerel in the background? He appears as soon as I go into the porch and stands, watching me - I think he is waiting for food.

Lots of seedlings on the grow in the polytunnel as well - various brassicas, broad beans, onion and leek seeds as well as lots of herbs and salads.

Such a shame that today was horrible weather though - we had rain, hail and sleet this afternoon. Still the nice days are beginning to outnumber the less nice days at last.

Oh and I noticed the grass needs mowing :)


  1. I love the name Creosote, may I ask why?

    1. Of course you can :) Ask me anything ( but I do not promise to always reply)

      Creosote was called Blackie - the two chicks who hatched out under Ginger were Blackie (black chick) and Blondie (yellow chick) until I could sex them. Blondie became Blondin and Blackie developed some dark red and russet shades in with the black and so became Creosote, as that is the sort of colour creosote is :)

    2. Awww how lovely. You've been very busy today you'll sleep well x


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