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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.
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.
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...
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.
How to plant & grow peonies
Your step-by-step guide to growing peonies, how to grow them and when to care for them.
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 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.
Homemade tea – tisane recipes
Learn how to make tisanes (homemade herbal teas) from your garden herbs.
Dahlias to grow in spring
Sarah's recommendations for the top 20 dahlias which you should grow in your garden this spring.
Flowers for Indian summers
Sarah's top ten tender perennials for long-lasting flowers throughout those warm, late summers.
How to grow lilies
A quick-glance guide on how to grow and care for lilies, both in pots and in the ground.
Pruning roses - the Sissinghurst method
Learn how to train roses the Sissinghurst way for wonderfully romantic displays.
Find out how to support your plants well in early spring to ensure beautiful trained and supported plants throughout the summer and autumn.
How to overwinter dahlias
Sarah discusses the best options for overwintering dahlias – lifting or mulching.
Prepare your spring garden in autumn
To create the best flowers in spring you'll need to start growing in autumn - find out which varieties to grow here.
How to store or force tender winter veg
Don’t let your crops go to waste. Sarah shares expert tips on how to store or force tender winter veg.
How to plant and grow dahlia tubers
Find out how to grow strong, healthy dahlias this spring – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when they...
Griddled fennel aubergine with tzatziki
A delicious aubergine dish perfect for a tasty light summer supper or served with salad for lunch.
Homemade Christmas decorations
Create beautiful and stylish homemade Christmas decorations with our guide to flower displays for the festive period.