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, 19 September 2014
Mounds of produce from the garden, bottling, preserving - it's that time of year!
September here at Compost Mansions means picking produce, blanching, freezing, dehydrating and preserving by various means.
The kitchen is full of steam from blanching and the bench is full of beans, pears, plums, tomatoes and peppers from the garden
I need these fermentation vessels to make this years cider
So finally I got round to bottling the cider we made last year.
45 l of the stuff!
The tomatoes from the polytunnel are nearly finished but the pepper plants are still producing loads of peppers - these were washed, cut up and roasted before being frozen.
And we have so many beans this year! Runner and French beans - I have never had such a crop in our entire 16 years here.
Compostman is using the fine weather to paint the exterior woodwork all round the house - a huge job which takes up his time.