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.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Monday 19 May 2014

View from my office desk

 #gardening  #wildlife  #bumblebees

I have spent a lot of time working at my "desk" recently, sometimes sowing seeds, sometimes doing some paperwork - but mostly sowing seeds or pricking out and potting on many many small plants.

My version of hot desking. If I get up, I have a job to sit back down sometimes! Cassi Cat is a faithful companion, even if she does steal my seat at every chance.

My "office window" has a lovely view and I am even provided with an ever changing background soundtrack.

And I have wonderful floral arrangements right next to my desk.

Just round the corner is an amazing, naturalistic, art installation which climbs up the office wall and moves with the slightest breeze from the air conditioning.

And I am provided with a variation on the office fish tank to look, at if I want to rest my eyes from my work...

Bumblebee on Columbine

and on Solomon Seal

I think I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful office :)


  1. I love your Wisteria, I bought one years ago and hope every year this will be the one it flowers. Serves me right for being tight and buying a tiddly one lol

  2. PiC, it was quite tiny when we first moved in! it has taken many years and lots of pruning to get it to do this - although this year it is particularly good :)
    I love the scent, so delicate.

  3. Wisteria is on my list of must haves, yours is looking lovely and very well shaped too.

  4. Thanks Dawn, I'll pass on the compliement o Compostman as he does the Wisteria work . It does look very good this year :)

  5. Gorgeous Wisteria. Although the blooms are there for such a short time, they are so stunning it is worth the wait.

    1. Thanks Hazel, I do love Wisteria! I would like an arbour with it covered with Wisteria and Honeysuckle - maybe next year's project?


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