30th January 2018 by Larchfield Community
Kevin is pictured holding one of the paper logs that are used in the tea-room stove. This job involves ripping up the paper, packing it into the press and using a bit of muscle to get it all packed down. It is no wonder Kevin is looking so pleased with the result!
The chopping of kindling is a popular job with wood being sawn into manageable sizes then split into kindling with a small axe; while some is used in the tea-room stove the majority of it is sold in the Larchfield shop. The winter months are also a perfect time for turning the mature compost into the perfect growing environment for the salad, vegetable and herb seeds. This week has seen a team of people milling the high quality leaf mould. Three large 'sieves' are fixed along a bench area which allows for some companionable chat while turning the milling handles. The result is a beautiful rich, crumbly compost with the side benefit of a physical workout that keeps the cold at bay.
Ivor is seen varnishing plant signs for use on site and for sale in the shop; putting them on long stakes makes it so much easier to identify what is growing where especially in the early stages of germination.
Cleaning of the shop display vegetable boxes is also important to keep things attractive, disease free and well-maintained. Some new boxes have recently been made to make sure all the summer vegetables planned for this year can be displayed. The beds in the greenhouses have to be dug over and given fresh soil and in the kitchen garden the remnants of old crops have to be cleared and composted.
And of course there is a lot of planning to do with regard to what crops to grow and where. For some brilliant pictures of what is going to be grown in the garden in 2018 click on the 'Garden Delights' button on the Larchfield Community page.