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Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
How to layout a vegetable garden
Once you've created your vegetable plot, you need to find out how to lay it out. Sarah's guide will show you how.
Salads to grow in summer
Find out the best salads seeds to sow in August to extend that taste of summer.
Zesty grape and almond cake
Serve this as a pudding with crème fraîche, or as a cake. It keeps well - for 4 or 5 days, like a polenta cake, but lighter in texture and...
Roasted fennel and grape flatbread
Make a delicious flatbread perfect to serve with fish and tomato dishes.
How to take chrysanthemum cuttings
Find out how to take successful chrysanthemum cuttings in spring for new plants this autumn.
Early flowering biennials for spring
Unite your spring bulb displays by filling the gaps with early flowering biennials. Sarah explains how.
Cream of Celeriac and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
This creamy, smooth-textured soup is lovely as a starter for a big winter dinner or as a warming lunch.
Creating an insect haven
To welcome back the bugs after winter, Sarah Raven plants their favourite flowers
Growing tomatoes from seed
Find out the best way to grow your tomato plants from seed, starting in March if they are undercover and in May if outdoors.
Gardening with children - sowing the seeds
Part 2 - find out about sowing the seeds, all the different methods you should use and how to get the best results.
Geraniums for winter
Pelargoniums can bring much needed colour through the winter and are invaluable for their beautiful, bold flowers even in the darkest months.
How to take geranium cuttings
Learn how to take cuttings from geraniums so that you can muliply your geranium plants next year.
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...
Take pelargonium cuttings in September whilst the growth is very active, reccomends plantswoman Derry Watkins.
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.
Planting a pelargonium pot display
Create the perfect summer and autumn pot display with rich coloured pelargoniums and verbena by following this easy tutorial.
Find out about growing pelargoniums, how to grow them and which varieties to choose.
Pelargoniums and Schizanthus
Combine schiznthus with pelargoniums for a stunning summer display. Find out how here.
Understanding types of seeds
Find the definitions of the different seed types here with our simple guide to annuals, biennials, perennials, hardy and half-hardy.
Early February in the garden
With spring just around the corner there's plenty to do in your garden this week. Plant bulbs for spring and summer colour and start sowing your...
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.
Duck and peppery leaf salad recipe
A delicious, easy and quick to prepare recipe for salade tiède using duck and peppery salad leaves.
Growing wallflowers from seed
Learn how to grow and care for wallflowers (erysimum) from seed with this step-by-step guide.
Late January in the garden
It's time to start preparing for spring, there's lots of cleaning to be done and planning for your veg and flower patches. Find out what needs planting...
Early January in the garden
It's nice to start the new year in the garden and you'll find there's plenty to be done in early January from herb sowing to tidying and mending.
Bring pollinators into your garden
Find out why and how to attract beneficial insects into your garden.
Potato and chard salad with pea pesto
A fresh, tasty bright green potato salad - perfect for summer barbeques or scattered with crispy chorizo.
Which are the best potatoes to grow?
The results of the 2010 potato trial at Perch Hill will help you choose which varieties are best to grow.
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.
Seville orange marmalade recipe
Perfect for using up your seville oranges this recipe makes a chunky, not too sweet marmalade.
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.
How to grow gladioli
Your complete guide to growing these magnificent cut flowers - from choosing the varieties to cutting them.
How to grow sweet peas from seed
Find the best method of growing sweet peas from seed for strong, productive plants.
Planting narcissus bulbs with dahlias
Have a beautiful display of flowers in your garden from March to the first frosts with this simple planting technique.
Chatsworth House winter recipes
Sarah discovers some inspring recipes for the winter months including beetroot bread and spiced squash chutney.
Christmas muffins recipe
Halfway between muffins and scones, deliciously orangey and perfect for a breakfast or tea over Christmas.
How to grow an apple tree
Find out about growing your own apples, which varieties to grow and how to plant and care for them.
Chatsworth House kitchen garden
Sarah visits Chatsworth House to discover how the create their delightful kitchen garden.
Sarah's guide to growing Alstroemeria, including which varieties to choose for brilliant displays in the garden and in the vase.
Picking and arranging Roses
Sarah's top tips on how to pick roses for cut flowers and how to arrange them for beautiful cut flower displays.
Sarah Raven's burger recipe
These burgers are a simple twist on the classic burger recipe - perfect for summer suppers outdoors.
2010 was a great year for wild berries Sarah looks at why and discusses the benefits for birds.
Aubergine and mozzarella stacks
A delicious summer aubergine recipe - perfect for barbeques on the beach.