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 11 May 2015


Mini Pearl the rather grumpy-at-the-best-of-times Serama hen has gone broody. So she is now even more grumpy!

After leaving her for a couple of days with a rubber egg, just to make sure her broodiness was firmly established, I put a selection of hers and Mille Serama eggs under her. Molly ( the pheasant hen looking Serama) only lays wind eggs so none of hers would be fertile.

Mini Pearl is now ensconced in the  cat carrier - in the lean to by day and brought in to the downstairs bathroom for night time.

We shall see what happens in 3 weeks time!

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