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 1 May 2014

May Day

So, May Day already! I was up early to bring in the May and greet the sunrise.

I spent a lot of this afternoon getting plants ready for sale at the Blossomtime event this weekend - two days of celebrations of cider and apples and the beautiful fields full of apple trees in blossom we are lucky enough to have around here.

I now have around 100 mainly tomato plants ready to sell with the profit going to Garden Organic.

I also spent a fair bit of time washing the very last of the pots. I set up a washing station at just the right height for me to wash things without hurting my back, which made the job a lot easier.

I just need to sort out all the leaflets and seeds and stuff I need for my composting stall at Blossomtime and  I will be ready for my first "Compostwoman" event of the year :)

Tonight there was a knock on the back door - some people had seen a chicken up the lane and stopped to ask if it was mine - nice of them - so I walked up to have a look.

I spotted this handsome little fellow - a Silkie or Polish Bantam, but he would not let me catch him. I telephoned some neighbours but he was not theirs and he had gone the next morning. I do hope he found his way back home and was not eaten by the fox.

This is the view up the lane past our house, as you can see we have no near neighbours!


  1. I took the first steps to organic slug control today and set up some beer traps, had to come home and have a bitter shandy though as the smell attracted me rather than the slugs! I'm glad you donate to Garden Organic as I think it's a very worthy cause x

    1. Well done :) or pick them up and throw them into your compost bin where they can do some useful work, instead!
      We do donate to other ( animal and people) charities, but Garden Organic holds a special place in my heart as I believe it does such a great job of encouraging people to grow stuff, without using chemicals :)

  2. We garden organicaly, as we have a free ranging tortoise we have to be very careful what we use in the garden, so no chemicals or pesticides, everything manages fine just as nature intended, we also leave a fair amount of dandelions about it his favourite snack.
    Blossomtime sounds lovely.

    1. Hi Dawn and welcome :)

      Yes - if we start to think about what might eat what we grow ( us or our companions/favoured wildlife) it becomes much easier to see that chemicals are not a good idea :)


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