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, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 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!
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Chicken and garden update
We have had the most amazing crop of sour cherries this year. So many cherries on this small tree! The chickens all love them and spend all day hanging around underneath, eating the cherries as they drop off.
We picked some and made cherry jam - usually these cherries are mouth puckeringly tart, but this year they are so sweet! The jam is delicious as well.
I had a big clean out and rearrange of the chickens both large and small. The original group of Seramas - ( Algy, Biggles and Ginger the cockerels and mini Pearl, Milly and Mollie the hens are all in the home made house and run. They have perches and plenty of space if they have to be shut in because I am not there in the daytime to keep them safe from Mrs Fox. I have also bought another two black silkies and a gold laced Serama pullet. The gold laced pullet is in with the not chicks and the black silkies are in with the older Seramas. Algy is very fond of one of them!
The notchicksanymore have grown into beautiful Seramas. They have the Eglu and another home made run to live in when not free ranging. We have Mimi and Yvette ( the new black laced pullet) along with Rene and Chancellor the cockerels. (Yes we have been watching re runs of Allo allo! )
The big hens live in the Mega hen pen and I have acquired several new hens, Astrid a Speckledy, Aggie a new marigold and Ginger, a Columbian Blacktail. They replace the sadly dead Pearl and Aggie 1 who were taken in the fox attack which so badly injured Sweetiepie.
And Sweetiepie is fully feathered and recovered and back to ruling the roost with a claw of velvet :)
Here are Yvette and Mrs Algy enjoying the sunshine