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!

Saturday 4 April 2015

Presents in the post :)

Interesting batch of post for me today


The first thing to arrive in the post was this - A Cultimate from The Grumpy Gardener range. It is a new multiuse single pronged weeder that lifts the entire root of a weed in one go.

Please see the video which explain how it works.

I must admit I found it rather useful! We now have more raised beds and I found the Cultimate got dandelions out just as the video shows.

I also picked up a copy of Kitchen Garden magazine, which had some free seeds and a useful dry wipe note board. That will be useful in the polytunnel! The seeds will be added to my collection for use on my Master Composter stall at the various summer shows and events I do. I always offer the option of seed sowing when I do a stall as well as offering advice and demonstrations on composting.

Finally, I have been sent some interesting seeds to try by Marshalls Seeds. I shall get planting them   and will report back on how they grow, look and ultimately taste :)  I do like the look of them on the packets I must admit :)

I love getting surprise parcels :)


  1. Ha ha, at the beginning I thought you were going to say it was your birthday:) Like you, I think getting parcels is lovely!

    1. It IS Compostman's birthday today :) And mine on the 29th :)

  2. I love getting presents in the post! It is such a good feeling. I got two packets of seeds today from our local council today- courgettes and carrots. They will planted soon.

    Since we moved I have no compost/ water butt etc. I am looking at getting new ones. What is the best/ most useful do you think?

  3. Happy April Birthdays in the Compost home!


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