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April in the garden
April is the busiest time in the garden, but don't panic, take things one step at a time and you'll get it all done.
Step-by-Step: How to plant dahlia tubers
Download and print this helpful step-by-step guide to take into the garden with you whilst you plant your dahlia tubers.
Gardening with children – choosing the seeds
This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.
How to grow freesias
Learn how to choose excellent quality freesia corms that will grow abundantly and beautifully each year.
How to grow sweet peas from seed
Find the best method of growing sweet peas from seed for strong, productive plants.
Starting a vegetable garden from scratch
Want to start a veg plot but not sure where to start? Sarah's guide will help you begin.
The beautiful Wisteria at Sissinghurst is inspiring and beautiful - Sarah talks about how to prune wisteria, what colours to choose and how to grow...
A beginner's guide to healing plants
In this guide, Sarah discusses the types of healing plants and their uses.
A European bean feast at Glemham House
At Glemham House kitchen garden in Suffolk, beans are dried for use all through the winter, not left on the compost heap.
A simple table centrepiece
Sarah shows you how to turn jars into make a simple table centrepiece for weddings and parties.
Andalusian soup salad
A delicious gazpacho like soup - eaten chilled on a hot day, this Andalusian treat is the perfect lunch.
Asparagus and Gruyère tart
Asparagus and Gruyère tart is great for picnics, warm spring days and weekend lunchtimes with friends and family.
Baked vanilla and lemon cheesecake with marinated strawberries
An unbeatable summer pudding - this baked cheesecake is a delightful treat for a hot day.
Barbecued broad beans with Pecorino
Broad beans served simply with Pecorino cheese and a glass of wine - a perfect starter or snack for a warm midsummer weekend.
Beetroot tart with horseradish cream
This red and gold beetroot tart is delicious served hot or cold for lunch.
Blackcurrant and almond cake
This tasty blackcurrant and almond torte is delicious hot or cold, for afternoon tea or as a yummy dessert on a cool summer's evening.
Blackcurrant mousse ice cream
As blackcurrants ripen in midsummer, create this delicious, refreshing recipe to tingle your tastebuds.
Bring pollinators into your garden
Find out why and how to attract beneficial insects into your garden.
These buckwheat pancakes are similar to blinis, and full of flavour - perfect with smoked salmon, cucumber and sliced boiled eggs.
Cardamom and poppy seed ice cream
A delicious treat for a hot summer's day - this cardamon and poppy seed ice cream is luxurious and unusual, and perfect to share with friends.
Chicken tagine with almonds and apricots
This delicious North African stew is a marvellous treat for a cold, wet and windy day.
A delicious addition to any savoury snack or meal, perfect with a barbecue and to add a spicy kick to gravy.
Christmas decorations from the garden
Look to nature to create stylish decorations for the festive period. These great tips will help you create a beautiful Christmas home from items foraged...
This delicious chicken soup is a traditional favourite, and we totally understand why. It's perfect warming winter food, and brilliant if you've got a...
Composting: make your own black gold
How do you make perfect compost? Sarah learns from the experts at the Yeo Valley Organic Garden...
Courgette and lemon salad
A simple and delicious recipe for raw courgette salad - perfect for warm summer evenings with family & friends.
Cranberry and juniper jelly
This is a delicious accompaniment to any cold meats, or added to stews. And it's so fantastically easy to make!
Dahlias to grow in spring
Sarah's recommendations for the top 20 dahlias which you should grow in your garden this spring.
Easter tabletop garden
Sarah shows you how to create a beautiful Easter table by creating a tabletop garden full of seasonal plants.
This excellent, not too sweet, version of the classic cordial will keep for a long time to drink diluted by fizzy or still water right through the year.
Exotic bulbs for summer borders
If you like glamour in your garden - well-cut, well-dressed glamour - then summer-flowering bulbs are key.
Five hour leg of lamb
This is my favourite thing to cook for an Easter lunch. You can put it in the oven at breakfast and it will be perfect by lunch.
Foraging for food in Cornwall
Sarah visits Lizard pennisula in Cornwall and discovers not only riches of wildflowers but also lots of wild food.
Frosted redcurrants with Chantilly cream & Almond meringues
Redcurrants are coming into season - and there's no better recipe to enjoy them than with this luxurious Chantilly cream and almond meringues.
Globe artichokes with Angelica's sauce
A delicious globe artichoke recipe for June - perfectly moreish with this herb, anchovy and egg sauce. Sarah's favourite recipe from her childhood trips...
This delicious gooseberry tart is simple to make and perfect to serve at a summer dinner party with a dollop of thick cream.
Griddled fennel aubergine with tzatziki
A delicious aubergine dish perfect for a tasty light summer supper or served with salad for lunch.
Sarah's guide to growing Alstroemeria, including which varieties to choose for brilliant displays in the garden and in the vase.
Growing and picking Lilacs
Once a garden favourite, this scented flower has fallen out of fashion but Sarah Raven has hopes for a revival.
Sarah visits a magnolia expert to find out more about these wonderful spring shrubs. Find out her tips on choosing and growing magnolias in your...
Growing wallflowers from seed
Learn how to grow and care for wallflowers (erysimum) from seed with this step-by-step guide.
Halloumi, mint, coriander and dill pittas
The perfect quick lunch or picnic food, these tasty halloumi pittas taste fresh and have a great combination of textures.
Homemade Christmas decorations
Create beautiful and stylish homemade Christmas decorations with our guide to flower displays for the festive period.
How to create a delicious organic salad
Learn Sarah's five simple steps to a delicious salad, and her favourite salad ingredients to grow at home.
How to get summer colours in an autumn garden
For an abundant autumn, plant smart and you’ll be enjoying beautiful flowers for months.
How to grow crocosmias
Tips and advice on how to grow Crocosmias, for outstanding colour from July - October.
How to grow fritillaries
Find out how to grow beautiful fritillaries - the first dramatic bulbs to flower early in the year.
How to grow gladioli
Your complete guide to growing these magnificent cut flowers - from choosing the varieties to cutting them.
How to grow lilies
A quick-glance guide on how to grow and care for lilies, both in pots and in the ground.
How to grow your seed potatoes
Find out how to chit and plant out your earlies or maincrops, as well as how to force them in bags.
How to make a flower grid
Create a beautiful flower arrangment in a shallow bowl by using a flower grid. Follow these tips to easily make one.
How to plant and grow blackcurrants
Learn how to plant, grow and harvest blackcurrants, to produce beautiful crops for years to come.
How to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii
Learn how to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii, for beautiful pink flowers this autumn.
How to plant and grow onion sets
Find out how Sarah plants, grows and harvests her onion and shallot sets for maximum flavour and productivity.
How to plant and grow strawberries
Find Sarah's tips and tricks on growing strawberries successfully, for full flavour, colour and productivity.