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The best winter salad leaf varieties to grow
Sarah shows you which varieties of salad she grows to last through the winter at Perch Hill.
How to sow sweet peas in winter
Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.
Garlic bread with chilli and coriander recipe
Delicious with almost any soup or with a big vat of Moules marinière.
How to plant out from gutterpipes
Sarah shows you how to plant out salad from gutterpipes, in her salad garden at Perch Hill.
Chicory and blood orange salad recipe
Putting fruit in a salad may seem a bit retro but this salad looks beautiful and is ideal as a light winter first course.
Lemon and courgette drizzle cake recipe
You can make this cake anytime, but all citrus fruit is good in the winter and early spring. The courgette adds a brilliant moistness and cuts through...
Liz's marzipan and dried cherry flapjacks recipe
The tartness of the dried cherries in these flapjacks prevents them from being too sweet, and the marzipan adds a hint of almond.
Shallot tatin with leftover cheese recipe
The sweetness of the shallots makes this recipe so delicious – perfect for a party, and great for using up leftover cheese.
How to grow crocosmias
Tips and advice on how to grow Crocosmias, for outstanding colour from July - October.
Growing Anemone coronaria
Learn how to plant and grow Anemone bulbs inside and outdoors, as well as which varieties to choose and how to cut them for a vase.
Cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe
A great winter curry – a beautiful vegetarian dish to enjoy at home.
Venison casserole with no-suet dumplings recipe
Venison casserole is a delicous heart-warming dish, perfect for cold days in winter or rainy days in spring.
How to plant and grow raspberries
Learn how to plant out raspberry canes and how to establish and grow them with Sarah's instructions.
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 plant out rhubarb crowns
Learn how to plant out your rhubarb crowns, with these simple instructions.
How to grow potatoes in bags
Find Sarah's tips for how to grow potatoes in a container or planting bag in your small garden space.
Primrose lemon curd cupcakes recipe
A delicious and simple lemon curd cupcake recipe, a perfect treat for teatime.
How to harvest and cook globe artichokes
Sarah shows you how to pick perfect artichokes, and cooks her favourite artichoke recipe.
Parsnip balls with chilli recipe
These delicious little parsnip balls are easy to make and are perfect as tapas with tzatziki, or as a lighter alternative to dumplings.
Quick tomato tart with thyme and red onions
This tomato tart is so simple to make, and very delicious - perfect for summer dinners with homegrown salad.
Bea's stuffed cabbage leaves recipe
This Hungarian recipe is delicious – a great winter warmer, serve it hot with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
The basics of arranging cut flowers
Sarah answers some FAQs on how to arrange cut flowers - the perfect guide for beginners.
These buckwheat pancakes are similar to blinis, and full of flavour - perfect with smoked salmon, cucumber and sliced boiled eggs.
Soda bread with sunflower and pumpkin seeds
This delicious soda bread is so quick and easy to make, and has a beautiful texture - great to share with family and friends.
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.
Persian jewelled rice
This delicious seasonal dish is wonderful as a side to spicy meat and vegetable dishes.
Urban self sufficiency
Create your perfect, easy-to-care-for small veg plot with this guide - ideal for an urban garden.
Spring cauliflower is perfect in this spicy dish - great as a vegetable side topped with toasted nuts.
Starting a veg patch - what to grow
When you are starting a veg patch you need to make the difficult decision about what to grow - here's Sarah's top tips.
Creating the perfect veg patch
Creating a veg patch is one of the most rewarding experiences, find out the essentials to get you started here.
Smashed roast new potatoes with garlic and rosemary
A simple, tasty side dish that will be a favourite with all the family. This is real winter comfort food – good as a side dish, but substantial...
Square inch gardening with Charles Dowding
Sarah meets Charles Dowding- the no-dig expert for tips on square-inch gardening.
Late February in the garden
Start planting your lilies now, following my easy guide. There's plenty of undercover seed sowing to be done for early summer food and flowers and...
Chicory and lemon pasta
This is a simple chicory and pasta dish, quick to prepare and delicious hot, or cold the next day.
Gardening with children - choosing the seeds
This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.
Seasonal flowers for Valentine's
Seasonal flowers are the most romantic gift to give in February. Here's Sarah's top picks for bringing spring into your home early in the year.
Rosemary flat bread
Evergreen herbs are the stalwarts of winter cooking - you can prepare this flat bread in minutes and it's perfect for meals all year round.
Leek and potato soup recipe
One of my favourite meal-in-a-bowl soups for winter months is a chunky – not puréed – leek and potato soup.
Bring pollinators into your garden
Find out why and how to attract beneficial insects into your garden.
Sarah shows you how to grow potatoes by chitting for quicker and slightly larger potato harvests.
Chard and Coconut Soup
A comforting yet fresh-tasting winter soup - perfect for those chilly days out in the garden.
Growing freesias for scent
Freesias are hard to beat for scent, find out how to grow these wonderful flowers for highly scented bunches of cut flowers.
How to plant & grow peonies
Your step-by-step guide to growing peonies, how to grow them and when to care for them.
Chatsworth House winter recipes
Sarah discovers some inspring recipes for winter: Beetroot bread; Beetroot, apple and ginger chutney; Spiced squash chutney; Rosemary and apple salad...
Learn how to plant snowdrops, and find the best varieties to naturalise in the garden or display in a plant theatre, like the Bannermans do at Hanham...
Find out how to support your plants well in early spring to ensure beautiful trained and supported plants throughout the summer and autumn.