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Companion planting: Friends with Benefits
Sarah tells us why companion planting works, and how you can grow veg, herbs and flowers together to eliminate pests and increase productivity.
Growing and picking Lilacs
Once a garden favourite, this scented flower has fallen out of fashion but Sarah Raven has hopes for a revival.
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.
Planting artichokes with alliums
Sarah talks about why and how you should grow artichokes and alliums together.
Rose-geranium and lemon cordial recipe
This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for early autumn drinks, when the scented leaf pelargoniums are at their best.
Floral spring centrepiece, using a flower grid
Sarah shows you how to make a beautiful table centrepiece, using tulips and a simple flower grid.
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.
Pollinator super plants
Sarah talks about her favourite pollinator friendly plants for each month of the year.
Rosemary, olive and lemon chicken recipe
This recipe is perfect for cool spring weekends, using rosemary from the pots on your kitchen windowsill.
Creating beautiful pot displays with Primulas
Sarah teaches us how to create beautiful pot displays for spring, using plug plants straight from the garden centre or delivered to your door via sarahraven.com
How to plant at different soil levels
Growing plants one on top of another gets the most out of every square inch of your outside space.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
Perfect plants to create a cottage garden style
Learn which plants to choose to create the perfect cottage garden - from pretty pinks to delicate blues and subtle whites, combine these to make...
Hot cross buns recipe
A delicious treat for Easter, perfect to share with friends and family. Give as gifts or share straight from the oven or toaster with lashings of good...
Easter biscuits recipe
These make a wonderful gift for friends and family – perfect with a cup of tea in the morning. Or add some ginger for Christmas biscuits!
Creating a wild flower meadow
Sarah talks through how she has begun to establish the wild flower meadow at Perch Hill.
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 strawberries
Find Sarah's tips and tricks on growing strawberries successfully, for full flavour, colour and productivity.
Creamy watercress soup recipe
Watercress gives a peppery flavour to any dish, and is highlighted perfectly in this soup.
Lemon and anchovy purple sprouting broccoli recipe
This fresh recipe uses the best of seasonal produce with zingy, Mediterranean flavours.
Large hollow Easter egg recipe
Making homemade chocolate Easter eggs for friends and family is a fantastic gift, and fun to do!
Porcini mushroom soup recipe
I love a hearty mushroom soup – nothing feels more like autumn – and this recipe is so easy to make.
Chicken breast stuffed with garden herbs recipe
This is a brilliant and fresh recipe, packed full of tasty herbs and perfect for a picnic.
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.
Cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe
A great winter curry – a beautiful vegetarian dish to enjoy at home.
Growing rhubarb and making cordial
Sarah talks through the different varieties of rhubarb she grows in order to extend the season.
How to grow and harvest asparagus
Learn how to plant and grow asparagus crowns and harvest their delicious spears.
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 raspberries
Learn how to plant out raspberry canes and how to establish and grow them with Sarah's instructions.
Basil, raspberry and hazelnut meringues recipe
This is a delicious recipe for summer, a perfect party food with fresh raspberries and maybe a little whipped cream.
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.
Quick rhubarb chutney with cardamom recipe
This delicious rhubarb chutney is so easy to make, and is a great way of preserving a large crop of rhubarb.
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 cordon train your sweet peas
Discover how to cordon train your sweet peas for magnificent plants.
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.
The basics of arranging cut flowers
Sarah answers some FAQs on how to arrange cut flowers - the perfect guide for beginners.
Bea's stuffed cabbage leaves recipe
This Hungarian recipe is delicious – a great winter warmer, serve it hot with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
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.
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!
Creating beautiful summer flower containers
Sarah discusses her favourite varieties to grow together for colourful containers throughout the summer months.
Persian jewelled rice
This delicious seasonal dish is wonderful as a side to spicy meat and vegetable dishes.
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.
Identifying your soil type
Learn how to identify your soil type, and the differences between the common varieties.
Top cut flower roses by Country Roses
Country Roses give their top recommendations for cut roses to grow in your garden this year.
Growing and eating runner bean flowers
Sarah shows you how runner beans are grown with sweet peas at Perch Hill.
How to sow your own exotic meadow
Garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith has used his expertise to create an exotic, smaller-scale version of the Olympic wildflower meadows.
Pelargonium-scented strawberry jam
This strawberry jam is scented with pelargonium leaves, which adds a delicious, unique flavour.
Lemon and poppy seed kugelhopf cake
This is a delicious favourite - light and moist, and very special baked in this shape.