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Post Chelsea Flower Show 2017
For the second year running, The Archers At The Larches Ltd have sold our branded Lou's Poo, Dried Alpaca Fertiliser at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We wouldn't be there without the fantastic support of Mark Macdonald, owner of Todd's Botanics, Plants Delivered...

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The joys of living rurally.
Part of the joy of living in the countryside, is the thrill of having a sceptic tank. It delights me that our family outpourings are located in a field and that every two years a man in overalls, and presumably no sense of smell, comes with a lorry and a st...

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Remembering
It's hard to believe we are only just embarking on our 8th year here at The Larches. We've learned so much, forgotten so much. In my 50th year I have noticed that there is only so much storage capacity in my noggin. Sometimes, when I learn something new, so...

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Lou's Poo, Dried Alpaca Fertiliser is in The Times today. It may not deter badgers but it will certainly make a difference to your garden and containers. See us at The Chelsea Flower Show this year on Todd's Botanics stand GPG223 or visit TheArchersAtTheLarches.com

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Lambing on the couch.
Last night was my 8th on the couch i the sitting room. The couch is fine, though I could do with it being about 2ft longer so as I don't have to poke my legs off the side/stick them up on the arms/curl them foetal-style.  The benefits of being on the couch ...

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New lambs at The Archers At The Larches.
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#British lamb for Easter. 
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Cheating at Gardening: Free Plants
At the end of January I decided it was time to get gardening again. I sowed a few seeds and a few more and a few more. My greenhouse is too cold still for seedlings so I have used any space in the kitchen, utility room and hallways and I have a feeling the ...

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Cheating at Gardening: Free Plants
At the end of January I decided it was time to get gardening again. I sowed a few seeds and a few more and a few more. My greenhouse is too cold still for seedlings so I have used any space in the kitchen, utility room and hallways and I have a feeling the ...

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Winter: So last season
2009 I cannot claim that this winter has been the first one to challenge me at The Larches. Our first winter, where we were snowed in for almost 6 weeks, in a house with whistly windows, rats in the attic and open fires that seemed to give out no heat, was ...
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