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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.
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.
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.
Moroccan harira with sorrel sauce
Moroccan harira with sorrel sauce is a delicious and warming stew, perfect for cold winter nights.
Wilted winter green salad
This wilted winter greens salad is brilliant for providing a hearty but light dinner, using plenty of nutritious leaves.
Baked vanilla and lemon cheesecake with marinated strawberries
An unbeatable summer pudding - this baked cheesecake is a delightful treat for a hot day.
Strawberry and basil ice cream
This is an adaptation of my favourite Strawberry and Black Pepper Ice Cream, to be found in my Garden Cookbook - the basil really brings out the...
Growing peas in the veg garden
Sarah talks through her favourite varieties to grow and eat in the veg garden at Perch Hill.
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...
Blackcurrant mousse ice cream
As blackcurrants ripen in midsummer, create this delicious, refreshing recipe to tingle your tastebuds.
My top wild flower mixes and garden-worthy varieties
Here are my favourite wild flower mixes and garden-worthy varieties of wildflower for growing in your garden.
How to get the most out of your poinsettia
Christmas isn't Christmas without a poinsettia, but do you know how to look after it properly, so it stays looking beautiful throughout advent?
How to make an autumn wreath
Sarah shows you to make a colourful autumn wreath for the table or door.
Cretan baked cheese with olives and capers
Sarah makes her favourite saganaki - a quick feta, tomato, olive and caper bake.