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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...
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,...
How to make Christmas decorations with our heart shaped bird feeder
Decorate our best-selling bird feeder with an oasis ball packed with holly or mistletoe from your garden or florist and sparkling battery lights.
November in the garden
With Christmas and winter rapidly approaching, you'll want to prepare for next spring, as well as enjoy the deep, cold autumn nights with delicious food...
How to make our everlasting Christmas pine garland idea
Create a fantastic ‘wow’ moment with a garland sweeping up the bannister, or as a swag on the fireplace, filled with colour and sparkle from...
The best winter salad leaf varieties to grow
Sarah shows you which varieties of salad she grows to last through the winter at Perch Hill.
How to grow amaryllis (indoors)
Create a beautiful Christmas gift by growing your Amaryllis indoors in pots – perfect for brightening up any winter home.
Apple and Coconut Macaroons
These are not really biscuits at all, but baked mounds of deliciously flavoured and textured fruit and nuts, good because they’re not too sweet.
Haddock, beetroot and leek bake recipe
One of my favourite autumn comfort food dinners – delicious with a simple salad, or steamed kale or broccoli dressed with good olive oil.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
Top tips for growing tulips
Sarah shares her top tips for growing tulips successfully, from how deep to plant them to what sort of soil you should use.
Pheasant with Apple and Chestnut
A classic combination for autumn and winter, with the apple helping to prevent the pheasant from drying out.
In Your Garden Today
No matter how many experts, editors and educators try to seduce you into the idea of naturalistic plantings, there will always be an alternative...
Worton-style fried peppers recipe
This Mediterranean style fried pepper dish from my favourite farmshop café has a good combination of flavours – the fruitiness of the peppers,...
How to use bulb planting trays
Sarah shows you how to plant tulip bulbs using a bulb planting tray - a quick and easy way of getting autumn planting bulbs into the ground.
Green Pawpaw, Carrot and Cashew Salad
A classic Thai street food salad, based on pawpaw at its unripe, green stage, when it has all its anti-inflammatory and digestion-aiding properties, but...
Planting anemones for spring
Join the dots in your spring garden with wood anemones and anemone blanda. Follow these easy steps for a beautiful display
How to plant and grow iris
We plant lots of iris bulbs at Perch Hill to start off a long bulb flower succession. They're beautiful and successful in pots, at the front of borders,...
Beetroot and squash relish recipe
This beetroot and squash relish has wonderful colour and flavour, is good with grilled and barbecued meat, and nice heated and served warm with pork chops....
What to do with your allium seedheads
In this video Sarah shows you her favourite allium varieties for drying, and talks about how to dry them and then spray them for Christmas decorations.
Tomato tart with poppy seed pastry recipe
One of the best summer tarts, with delicious extra nuttiness from the poppy seeds, sharpness from the tomatoes a good contrast to the creamy cheese.
Mini pelargonium, blackberry and apple pies recipe
Pelargonium leaves make an excellent addition to a classic apple and blackberry pie. Make one big pie, or miniature versions in ramekins.
Planting numbers for bulbs in borders
A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.
Thai prawn, mango and coconut lettuce parcels recipe
I love this when the weather's warm and sunny, piling the different ingredients on to individual lettuce leaves and then folding the leaves into parcels.
Summer Berry Jelly
A summer pudding with no bread, and light on the jelly, which is made from freshly juiced apples, holding together many punnets of super-healthy berries....
Why you should deadhead your sweet peas
Sarah shows you how to deadhead your sweet peas, and tells you why it's important to do so, along with her philosophy of 'the generous gardener gets the...
How to tie in your sweet peas
In this quick video, Sarah shows you how to tie in your sweet peas for greater production and straighter, longer stems.
Strawberry and passion-fruit sorbet recipe
Strawberries and passion fruit are both sweet so here you don't need the usual piles of sugar of the average sorbet or ice-cream. The occasional crunch...
Caring for delphiniums
Delphiniums make wonderful summer vertical plants and cut flowers - find out how to get the most from them in your garden.
Pea Soup with Mint and Dill
This takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and it’s fine made with frozen peas instead of fresh. Many pea soups include a little sugar,...
How to plant and grow alstroemeria
Sarah's guide to growing alstroemeria, including which varieties to choose for brilliant displays in the garden and in the vase.
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
Provençal Squid, New Potato, Olive and Tomato Stew
There are many versions of squid stew, but this one has a particularly rich flavour. Squid goes brilliantly with tomatoes and together they make excellent...
How to plant and grow gladioli
Our guide to growing these magnificent cut flowers - easy to grow and perfect for cutting.