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Samphire with fresh peas and young broad beans
Harvest samphire from mud flats or salt marshes in July - or ask your fishmonger. This makes an excellent first course.
Sowing biennials for next year
July is the time to sow hard-working, colourful biennial flowers for next year's garden. In this article Sarah shows you how.
Samphire Sauce recipe
A wonderful July recipe for samphire sauce. Goes well with any fish, but particularly cold trout or salmon.
Cut flower advice from Chatsworth House
Find out how to grow wonderful, year round perennial cut flowers with inspiration from the Chatsworth House team.
Caring for delphiniums
Delphiums make wonderful summer vertical plants and cut flowers - find out how to get the most from them in your garden.
Clematis for every month of the year
Wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one clematis in flower all 12 months of the year, those flowering walls and curtained branches always around...
Plants for hot, dry weather
With the hot, dry spring of 2011 Sarah discovers the best performers in the garden which can handle any weather.
Sauté of peas and lettuce
Serve this as a side dish with chicken or fish, or eat it as a meal on its own with a bowl of rice.
June in the garden
June is a wonderful time in the garden, flowers are starting to appear in abundance and there's plenty to harvest in the veg patch. Keep on top...
The daintiest new crocus varieties
Sarah chooses the daintest new crocus varieties from a recent trip to Holland.
French strawberry jam recipe
An excellent jam that is not too sweet and not too set, perfect with scones and cream.
Smashed roast new potatoes with garlic and rosemary
A simple, tasty side dish that will be a favourite with all the family. This is real winter comfort food – good as a side dish, but substantial...
Hortus Bulborum – conservors of historic bulb cultivars
Sarah visits Hortus Bulborum in North Holland, where they conserve bulbs which are threatened with extinction, 90% of tulips there are no longer available...
Early summer crudités on ice with aïoli recipe
Simple yet effective party food, ideal for serving lots of people – tender, tasty veg on ice served with aïoli. It looks fantastic.
Sarah visits a magnolia expert to find out more about these wonderful spring shrubs. Find out her tips on choosing and growing magnolias in your...
Growing primulas auriculas
Auriculas make a wonderful table centrepiece and are a fabulous eye-catching plant in the garden too. Find out the best way to growing them.
May in the garden
In May you'll want to start tidying and cutting back your spring plants, planting out flowers and veg for summer and preparing for autumn – sowing...
This excellent, not too sweet, version of the classic cordial will keep for a long time to drink diluted by fizzy or still water right through the year.
Mackerel in fennel-seed oatmeal crust
Fresh mackerel, with their eyes bright and sparkly, are an emblem of summer. Cook them straight from the sea, rolled in fennel-flavoured oatmeal and cooked...
Roast pumpkin seeds
Tasty pumpkin seed snacks, perfect with a glass of wine and a great dinner party nibble. Store them in an airtight weck jar for a couple of days, to snack...
Pumpkin and apple soup with chestnuts
A delicious, warming autumn soup recipe perfect for using up your squash and pumpkins.
Sarah meets the Longlys - growers of unusual and tasty veg - to find out their tips on growing squash.
Square inch gardening with Charles Dowding
Sarah meets Charles Dowding- the no-dig expert for tips on square-inch gardening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In part 2, find out about sowing the seeds, all the different methods you should use and how to get the best results.
Take pelargonium cuttings in September whilst the growth is very active, reccomends plantswoman Derry Watkins.
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.
Chicory and lemon pasta
This is a simple chicory and pasta dish, quick to prepare and delicious hot, or cold the next day.
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.
Gardening with children – choosing the seeds
This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.
Pelargoniums and Schizanthus
Combine schiznthus with pelargoniums for a stunning summer display. Find out how here.
Understanding types of plants and 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.