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, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 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, 25 April 2014
The kale is now over but the roses bloom
The title sounds like it ought to be a proverb or a password or something! But it is actually just what was happening today.
Today was another fine day so I was very busy in the garden and polytunnel. I picked the last of the polytunnel Kale
I am now planting out various overwintering perennials into the garden - see these rose bushes on the front right?
While overwintering inside the polytunnel they had produced the most beautiful blooms all winter, I cut these and have had them inside the house since 20 th April - they are still wonderful.
The rose bushes have now been pruned and will stand on the patio when the weather warms up a little more.
I planted out some of the tree peonies I grew from seed, or from tubers moved when we were doing the patio, there are loads more plants waiting to go into this now cleared bed.
And I made a start on clearing out the dead stuff from the "Hampton Court" flower bed I made last summer
The garden looks particularly pretty at this time of year :)
I also thought I would share with you the breakfast routine here at Compost Mansions. We come downstairs and make breakfast and then the ravening hordes gather,
awaiting tit bits of marmite toast :)