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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.
How to sow, grow and stake cosmos
Sarah shows you the different methods she uses to sow cosmos and stake them also. She mentions her favourite varieties for using in the vase for their...
Easter tabletop garden
Sarah shows you how to create a beautiful Easter table by creating a tabletop garden full of seasonal plants.
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...
How to create a butterfly garden
If we want to preserve our native butterflies, we need to grow the right plants in our gardens to encourage them.
Smoked Mackerel and Parsnip Fish Cakes
We should be eating as much oily fish as we can, and this is a delicious way to do so. Serve with a home-made tomato sauce.
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.
Gardening with children – choosing the seeds
This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.
Growing peas in the veg garden
Sarah talks through her favourite varieties to grow and eat in the veg garden at Perch Hill.
How to cordon train your sweet peas
Discover how to cordon train your sweet peas for magnificent plants.
Sowing seeds into gutterpipes
Sarah explains how to use lengths of gutterpipe to sow seeds - particularly useful for salads and herb seeds.
How to grow sweet peas from seed
Find the best method of growing sweet peas from seed for strong, productive plants.
Citrus Fruit Salad
Ideally, make this with super-nutritious blood oranges, but if they're not available, use the best standard oranges, such as Navels. It's healthy and...
Buckwheat pancakes recipe
These buckwheat pancakes are similar to blinis, and full of flavour - perfect with smoked salmon, cucumber and sliced boiled eggs.
How to make a scented narcissi table centrepiece
Perfect for Christmas or winter parties and weddings, this centrepiece is one of Sarah's family traditions passed down through the years.
How to grow your seed potatoes
Find out how to chit and plant out your earlies or maincrops, as well as how to force them in bags.
Venison and Coconut Curry
Lovers of red meat should eat more venison, as it’s a lean and healthy protein. Serve with black or red rice, Jewelled freekeh and/or cauliflower...
Caring for indoor Cyclamen
Plant up indoor cyclamen for a burst of colour in the cold month of February.
Bea's stuffed cabbage leaves recipe
This Hungarian recipe is delicious – a great winter warmer, serve it hot with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
Chicken breast stuffed with garden herbs recipe
This is a brilliant and fresh recipe, packed full of tasty herbs and perfect for a picnic.
Lemon cordial recipe
You can use other citrus fruits for this cordial recipe. In Spain, you'll see a similar recipe made with clementines and it's delicious with limes.
Red Thai curry mussels recipe
Delicious, spicy and fragrant, mussels, like oysters, are generally thought to be best in the colder months of the year (those with an ‘r’...
Shallot tatin with leftover cheese recipe
The sweetness of the shallots makes this recipe so delicious – perfect for a party, and great for using up leftover cheese.
Starting a vegetable garden from scratch
Want to start a veg plot but not sure where to start? Sarah's guide will help you begin.
Dutch apple cake recipe
In Holland this is always made with the apple variety 'Belle de Boskoop' which is difficult to find here unless you grow it, so use 'Howgate Wonder' or...
The Best Muesli
This recipe, unlike many shop-bought muselis, conains no added sugar. Make a big batch of the core recipe to last a couple of weeks and storie in an airtight...
Mrs Titley’s chocolate and coffee éclairs recipe
These éclairs are the best you’ll ever eat. They are ideal for a big family party – make two-thirds chocolate and one-third coffee...
Christmas fruit cake recipe
Christmas cake is at its best eaten with a slice of crumbly Lancashire or Stilton cheese. Have it, instead of a pudding, to finish one of your Christmas...
Individual Christmas cake recipe
Christmas cake never seems to get eaten in our house, so I tend to make several small ones rather than a single big one. These are also great for presents...
A show-stopping decorating idea for dressers and mantelpieces
Sarah shows how to create a show-stopping decoration for dressers and mantelpieces
How to make the perfect everlasting winter vase arrangement
Discover how to make the perfect everlasting winter vase arrangement...
Tips to keep your indoor bulbs straight
Some helpful tips to help your indoor bulbs grow straight and stay upright.
How to create a Christmas mantelpiece decoration
Dress up your mantelpiece or dresser with everlasting foliage and beautiful decorations. Use this as a great decorating idea for autumn, as well as Christmas
Christmas pudding recipe
This recipe, adapted from Constance Spry, makes a pudding with great texture and flavour, including whole almonds and masses of dried fruit. It's the...
Roast cumin carrots recipe
The beauty of these carrots is that you can make them the day before – they are just as good reheated. The slow roasting brings out all their sweetness,...