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!

Friday 17 March 2017

Saturday 4 March 2017

The chickens are out!


After nearly 3 months of being kept inside due to the Avian Flu lockdown I let the chickens out to taste fresh grass for the first time since December :)

So of course they came and " helped" me with my composting work. Normal service resumed :)

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Why Compostwoman? Why call it The Compost Bin?

10 years ago I started this blog, and I needed a name and an online identity to sign up to Blogger.

I am passionate about composting. Apart from making my own compost from the green waste we generate at home, I also "spread the word" about the benefits of home composting to my fellow man.  I had been a Master Composter for nearly a year at this point ( I started in April 2006) and this is what I still do, nearly 11 years later

Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

So back in Feb 2007, when I needed a name to blog under, I thought for a bit then remembered what our 6 year old daughter had said to me when I came to give a talk at her school.

"you're like Superman Mummy, only you are called Compostwoman, and you can't fly."

So, even though I don't wear my pants on the outside of my tights (!) and I still can't fly, Compostwoman I became :) And still am, after 10 years :)