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!

HotBin trial (ongoing)

In July 2012 I was very kindly given a HotBin to use and to write about my experiences.

HotBin Trial First two days - setup 
Fri 6th July 2012 and Sat 7th July 2012
HotBin trial Day 3, 4

Dalek composter trial Day 1-to-4

HotBin trial with added Dalek, Day 5 and 6. 
10, 11 July 2012

Hot Bin trial - the first week

Hot Bin trial after 30 days
August 2012

HotBin trial - compost - what it looks like after 90 days.
Nov 3rd 2012

The trial continues into 2013 and I will be using the Hot Bin some more!

Hot Bin over winter update
 9th Feb 2013

Hot bin emptying, and Quilting
27 Feb 2013

I can compost anything*, in my marvelous Hot Bin 
Tuesday, 2 July 2013


  1. Hi Kate
    The HOTBIN team can report rave reviews on composting grass.
    You might find the following link helpful

  2. I am SO sorry Kate - I completely missed your comment

    I have had terrific results with composting grass mowings in my HotBin - really good at getting the temperature up - I add lots of grass with weedy stuff especially, to make sure it all gets hot enough to kill off the seeds.

    Once again, sorry I missed your comment and thank you Tony for responding.


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