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Mary Stearn's apple cake recipe
This cake is thick with fruit, slightly fluffy and moist, and brilliantly quick and reliable to make. Delicious served warm from the oven.
Ratatouille chutney recipe
This is a classic chutney, delicious with bread and cheese and ideal with cottage pie.
Three-day raspberry jam recipe
The flavour of this raspberry jam is as intense as it gets, and the steeping in sugar for three days keeps some of the fruit whole, or almost, as the...
Harvest recipes for your garden's bounty
Make the most of this year’s bumper harvest and line your larder with jars and bottles of delicious autumn bounty.
Making simple organic salad with edible flowers
Sarah shows us how she puts together a simple, delicious salad.
Sloe and apple jelly recipe
A lovely jelly with a tart taste and beautiful colour. You can eat this straight away or store for up to a year.
How to pick a homegrown salad
Sarah walks through the salad garden at Perch Hill and shows you her favourite varieties and ways to pick.
The veg garden in August
Sarah gives you a guided tour of the veg garden at Perch Hill growing in August.
The cutting garden in August
Sarah gives you a guided tour of the cutting garden in full flower in August.
Using lobster pots for climbers
Sarah trials growing climbers over lobster pots in a patch at Perch Hill.
Blackberry and apple gin recipe
This delicious gin recipe is perfect for using up your autumn blackberries and apples.
A beginner's guide to healing plants
In this guide, Sarah discusses the types of healing plants and their uses.
What and how to plant in paving cracks and wall gaps
One often sees plants taking root in tiny gaps when we don't want them too, but what about intentionally planting in these paving cracks and gaps in walls?
Sowing and growing foxgloves
Sarah shares her tips on how to grow foxgloves from seed, where to plant, and tips on how to use them as a cut flower.
Preserving flowers and berries in autumn
Preserve your autumn flowers and berries in autumn and you'll have beautiful arrangements for Christmas.
Lemon tart topped with raspberries recipe
This is a delightfully light and refreshing dessert for a hot sunny summer day.
5 simple steps to a delicious salad
Sarah talks you through her top five tips to a perfect homegrown salad.
Self-seeding plants: Creating a fuss-free garden
The right mix of self-seeding plants can create year-round interest with minimum work.
Gardening with children – planting
Read part 3 of Sarah's gardening with children series, to find out about planting out and harvesting your vegetables.
How to plant and grow Allium bulbs
Sarah's top tips on how to plant and grow allium bulbs for fantastic flowers in the garden or vase.
Planting and naturalising bulbs in grass
Tips and advice on how to naturalise bulbs in grass, for beautiful displays that come back year after year.
Growing and picking Lilacs
Once a garden favourite, this scented flower has fallen out of fashion but Sarah Raven has hopes for a revival.
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.
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.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
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.
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...
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!
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...
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.
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.
Growing rhubarb and making cordial
Sarah talks through the different varieties of rhubarb she grows in order to extend the season.
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.
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 plant and grow raspberries
Learn how to plant out raspberry canes and how to establish and grow them with Sarah's instructions.