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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 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,...
How to plant and grow freesias
Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.
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.
A brief history of daffodils
From the Greek myth to it's natural European habitats and 19th century breeding...
The Plants You Should Be Growing This Year
Sarah has tested more than 50 new plants. These are her favourites - for ease, longevity, appearance and flavour.
Kale, mushroom and lentil pilaf with toasted goat's cheese recipe
This is hearty, filling winter food. Chestnut mushrooms in particular are good here as they don't collapse on cooking, or you can use whole button mushrooms,...
Roast parsnips rolled in parmesan recipe
These are crunchy and sweet, lovely with any meat or stew, to eat with an aperitif, or as a first course dipped into crème fraîche...
How to plant and grow aquilegias
Aquilegias are invaluable for flowering in May and early June when there is suprisingly little colour in the garden.
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’...
Sarah's Superfoods: Blood orange recipes
February to March is the best time for Sicilian blood oranges, with all their health benefits including vitamin C, antioxidants, fibre and calcium.
Sarah's Superfoods: Blood oranges
Small fruit crammed with huge flavour and a soft texture that almost melts in the mouth, blood oranges are always juicy.
Kale seaweed recipe
One of my favourite snacks for a winter party – a big plate of kale seaweed, with everyone dipping in. Because of the amount of oil in the cooking,...
Sarah's Superfoods: Kale recipes
Try Sarah's delicious kale recipes, including kale crisps, pilaf, curry and salad.
Mini blinis with smoked salmon or roe recipe
Using buckwheat flour mixed with plain sharpens the flavour. Served warm, these make perfect posh party nibbles.
Prosciutto and rocket rolls recipe
If you're having drinks before a lunch party, it's a good idea to make some quick and simple canapés to have at the same time. These I love –...
Coffee mousse recipe
When the weather is cold, there's nothing better than a really intense coffee mousse – a cappuccino in a pudding.
Garlic bread with chilli and coriander recipe
Delicious with almost any soup or with a big vat of Moules marinière.
How to plant out from gutterpipes
Sarah shows you how to plant out salad from gutterpipes, in her salad garden at Perch Hill.
Chicory and blood orange salad recipe
Putting fruit in a salad may seem a bit retro but this salad looks beautiful and is ideal as a light winter first course.
Lemon and courgette drizzle cake recipe
You can make this cake anytime, but all citrus fruit is good in the winter and early spring. The courgette adds a brilliant moistness and cuts through...
Crispy cumin and caraway squid recipe
The fragrant tastes of cumin and caraway are delicious with squid.
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.
How to grow crocosmias
Tips and advice on how to grow Crocosmias, for outstanding colour from July - October.
How to plant and grow bluebells
Find out how to plant and grow bluebell bulbs, for a colourful, pollinator-friendly patch in early spring.
Growing Anemone coronaria
Learn how to plant and grow Anemone bulbs inside and outdoors, as well as which varieties to choose and how to cut them for a vase.
Cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe
A great winter curry – a beautiful vegetarian dish to enjoy at home.
Venison casserole with no-suet dumplings recipe
Venison casserole is a delicous heart-warming dish, perfect for cold days in winter or rainy days in spring.
How to plant and grow raspberries
Learn how to plant out raspberry canes and how to establish and grow them with Sarah's instructions.
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.
How to grow potatoes in bags
Find Sarah's tips for how to grow potatoes in a container or planting bag in your small garden space.
How to plant out rhubarb crowns
Learn how to plant out your rhubarb crowns, with these simple instructions.
How to harvest and cook globe artichokes
Sarah shows you how to pick perfect artichokes, and cooks her favourite artichoke recipe.
Parsnip balls with chilli recipe
These delicious little parsnip balls are easy to make and are perfect as tapas with tzatziki, or as a lighter alternative to dumplings.
Bea's stuffed cabbage leaves recipe
This Hungarian recipe is delicious – a great winter warmer, serve it hot with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
Buckwheat pancakes recipe
These buckwheat pancakes are similar to blinis, and full of flavour - perfect with smoked salmon, cucumber and sliced boiled eggs.
Soda bread with sunflower and pumpkin seeds recipe
This delicious soda bread is so quick and easy to make, and has a beautiful texture. Great to share with family and friends.
Persian jewelled rice recipe
This delicious seasonal dish is wonderful as a side to spicy meat and vegetable dishes.
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.