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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.
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 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.
How to plant and grow cosmos
Even if you only have a tiny garden – or just some pots – you have to grow at least one cosmos. They are the lowest maintenance, floweriest...
How to create a mini wild flower meadow
Learn how to create your own mini wild flower meadow in your garden.
How to sow and grow hollyhocks
Sarah shares her instructions on how to sow and grow hollyhocks for that typical cottage garden look.
How to plant and grow agapanthus
With their strong stems and beautiful large heads, agapanthus make a structural and graceful addition to any border. I also love agapanthus in a series...
How to plant and grow freesias
Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.
How to grow tulips in container pots
Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.
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...
Creating a wild flower meadow
Sarah talks through how she has begun to establish the wild flower meadow at Perch Hill.
How fake flowers became cool again
Fake silk flowers (and a new era of dried and paper flowers) are on the brink of a major comeback, but not in the dusty pub fireplace style that...
Coconut milk and Greek yoghurt panna cotta caramel recipe
A low fat panna cotta, using yoghurt and coconut milk instead of cream. Make this the day before, so the caramel is absorbed into the panna cotta overnight...
Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
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...
Sarah's Superfoods: Kale
As an ex-doctor, I want to ignore the fads and focus on truly exceptional good foods that we should include in our diet as much as possible – and...
How to sow sweet peas in winter
Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.