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!

"How to" guides

Gardening - Composting

How I make compost

Why I make compost.

Aminopyralid contamination 
Aminopyralid (2)
Update on Aminopyralid contamination of crops.
An update on the contaminated manure issue.

Gardening - Growing

Starting Tomatoes, Peppers and Aubergine seeds (Feb) 

How I prick out and pot on my tomato plants.  

Starting Parsnip seeds (Feb)

Growing Beans

Growing Potatoes in bags

Growing Potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes

Growing Watercress

Things to be doing in Dec/Jan

Things to be doing in Feb

 Things to be doing in March

 Things to be doing  in the veg garden March

 Things to be doing in April

Things to be doing in May

Things to be doing in June 

Seeds I sow

How I grow in the polytunnel 
Tidying the Polytunnel

Grow Basil from cuttings (1)
Unexpected basil cuttings

Chicken keeping

Cleaning out an Eglu 

Detering Rats

Cleaning out the chicken run 

Control of Squirrels and Rats 

Integrating new hens with existing flock

Egg eating problems

Feather pecking 

Winter egglaying

General chicken stuff

Worming routines

Dealing with wounds from fighting.

Dealing with a would be broody hen


Pumpkins, what to do with them.

Pumpkin soup

Making Chutney

Making Damson Vodka

Making Yoghurt

Making Cider 2010

Decanting cider.

Removing labels

Drying clothes indoors


Crafty things to do with leaves.

Salt dough crafts

Making handmade paper

Making skin care products with essential oils

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