The Chelsea Chop

The Chelsea Chop is a useful pruning method that we regularly use at Larch Cottage to control the flowering times of a wide range of herbaceous perennials. Named the Chelsea Chop, as the technique is used around the time of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in late May to early June, it can ensure a […]

Companion Planting in the Vegetable Patch


There are many plants that you can grow in your vegetable patch that will encourage beneficial insects, redirect the unwanted attentions of pests and attract pollinators that will feed on unwelcome visitors, as well as improving crop yields and the overall health of your plants. Some strongly scented crops, planted alongside one another can be […]

Larch Cottage Nurseries – a hidden gem situated in the Eden Valley of the Lake District

Paeonia in nursery

We recently did a collaboration with myhotelbreak on why their guests should visit us here at Larch Cottage. Find out what they discovered in this special guest blog edition: When on a hotel break having fun and interesting attractions nearby can make the trip that little bit more memorable. For guests looking to stay in […]