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!

Thursday 17 July 2014

Making hay while the sun shines

 Hot and sunny weather continues so...time to cut the long grass! This is what the hay /flower meadow patch looked like in full bloom back in June.

The flowers have finished and the grass is ready to cut, so Compostman got busy. He has been repairing our Allen Scythe, so to check it was working correctly before he took it into the woodland bramble patch he cut down the now finished wildflower/hay patch in the garden. Sorry but I didn't get to photo it "before".

 Sad to see it go but there is more growing elsewhere to take its place

Elsewhere in the garden, the Princes Trust roses are blooming lovely :)

Same I can't say the same for the veg patch which is in need of water and has suffered from my absence :(.

...although the marjoram bed is blooming lovely as well and the insects LOVE it.

I have a lot of hay to deal with - some to use in the chicken house and lots to compost. I am NOT going to use it for Juniper the Guinea Pig though as last time I did that the hay gave the piggles horrible mites which took ages to clear up.  She can eat the fresh grass :) Sadly she is all alone now as Fudge died a few weeks ago.

As for me, I am recovering and nearly well again. Thank you all for your continued good wishes, it means a lot to know you are thinking of me :) I am off to try something new tonight - will let you know more next week (maybe)


(edited to make it clearer that the hay meadow/flower patch was well and truly finished and NOT still like the top photo! )


  1. I doubt I could have cut down the meadow patch before the flowers went to seed, but I'm a softy for beauty.

    1. Oh it had all seeded and died back - don't worry :)

  2. Hello, I found your blog via Zoe and find that we have similar interests in cats and chickens but you are much more successful in the garden than I am!


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