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Five hour leg of lamb
This is my favourite thing to cook for an Easter lunch. You can put it in the oven at breakfast and it will be perfect by lunch.
April in the garden
April is the busiest time in the garden, but don't panic, take things one step at a time and you'll get it all done.
March in the Garden
This March learn how to plant bare root roses, lift and divide summer perennial plants and sow seeds for your veg and flower gardens. There's plenty to...
Christmas decorations from the garden
Look to nature to create stylish decorations for the festive period. These great tips will help you create a beautiful Christmas home from items foraged...
Easter tabletop garden
Sarah shows you how to create a beautiful Easter table by creating a tabletop garden full of seasonal plants.
Exotic bulbs for summer borders
If you like glamour in your garden - well-cut, well-dressed glamour - then summer-flowering bulbs are key.
Spring Flower Arrangements
Fight away the end of winter with Sarah's seasonal tips on how to create cheerful flower arrangments with woodland flowers and branches forced into leaf.
Companion planting - protect with plants
Grow these flowers in your veg patch to help deter pests and protect your plants the natural way.
Protecting tulips from pests
Protect your tulips this spring from their main pests. This short guide shows you how to avoid tulip fire and squirrels.
Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
Annual flowers - create summer colour
Create summer colour with these unbeatable annual flowers. Sarah's absolute favourites for reliability and colour.
Salads to grow in summer
Find out the best salads seeds to sow in August to extend that taste of summer.
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.
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.
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.
Early flowering biennials for spring
Unite your spring bulb displays by filling the gaps with early flowering biennials. Sarah explains how.
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.
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.
February in the garden
With spring just around the corner there's plenty to do in your garden in February. Plant bulbs for spring and summer colour and start sowing your hardy...
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.
Growing wallflowers from seed
Learn how to grow and care for wallflowers (erysimum) from seed with this step-by-step guide.
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.
Late January in the garden
It's time to start preparing for spring. There's plenty of cleaning to be done and planning for your veg and flower patches. Find out what needs planting...
Duck and peppery leaf salad recipe
A delicious, easy and quick to prepare recipe for salade tiède using duck and peppery salad leaves.
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.
Christmas muffins recipe
Halfway between muffins and scones, deliciously orangey and perfect for breakfast or tea over Christmas.
Chatsworth House winter recipes
Sarah discovers some inspring recipes for winter: Beetroot bread; Beetroot, apple and ginger chutney; Spiced squash chutney; Rosemary and apple salad...