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!
Monday, 16 November 2015
Bumper harvest this year. We picked hundreds and hundreds of pounds of apples.
This is just a selection!
I washed out loads of bottles
and apples ...
and then started to chop
Then we got busy with the scratter
and the press
End result - 70 l of cider
and some pasteurized juice.
Hard work, but well worth it :)
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
So, it is that time of year, again. Where the plants in the polytunnel are beginning to look sad and there are hardly any fruits left to pick. Or where the shorter days means dampness and humidity and botrytis and moulds.
So ...time to pick the very last of the green peppers and tomatoes, to ripen inside the house on a sunny S facing windowsill.
And to have a good old clear up of the polytunnel!
I also washed a load of plant pots ready for 2016 growing season
While Compostman got busy using up some solar electrons cutting wood with the new electric chainsaw, He reports it is very handy and a lot easier to use on small stuff than the big petrol chainsaw.