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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.
How to grow sweet peas from seed
Find the best method of growing sweet peas from seed for strong, productive plants.
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.
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,...
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
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 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.
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...
Smoked mackerel, broccoli and almond salad recipe
This is an excellent salad for lunch or as a starter for dinner. Serve with griddled sour dough, scraped lightly with garlic and drizzled with a little...
Sarah's Superfoods: Sweet potatoes
As a nation, we’re devoted to potatoes, eaten every which way. But why not use more of the healthy, coral-orange sweet potato?
Beer-can chicken recipe
Although bizarre, the technique used here is an excellent way to cook a chicken, with the bird steamed from the inside at the same time as being roasted...
How to grow Delphiniums
We have all got to grow delphiniums – the most statuesque towering spires for any garden. They make brilliant cut flowers too.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad
Eating a good leaf salad every day isn’t a hardship. A lettuce-based salad contains vitamins A, C and K, along with lots of dietary fibre and minerals,...
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli recipes
Try Sarah's delicious Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Almond Salad, or the tasty Broccoli and Cauliflower Falafel Fritters with Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce.
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.
The very best annual climbers
Sow these climbers in your garden in the spring, and you'll enjoy them well into the autumn.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad recipes
Try to include a salad in at least one of your daily meals, and it doesn’t just have to be lunch or dinner – you’ll be all the better...
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli
Broccoli has long been regarded as a nutritious choice, but it has now joined the super league. Like all green vegetables, it is rich in fibre, full of...
Understanding dahlia groups
A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.
History of the dahlia
First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.
Smoked chicken, mango and spring herb salad recipe
The perfect salad to eat as we, and the garden, emerge from hibernation in spring.
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.
Wild garlic and ricotta al forno recipe
This is rich yet fresh, and lighter than it sounds – wonderful with bread and a crunchy green salad. You can leave out the olives if you prefer....
Iranian herb and feta salad recipe
A simple and delicious starter that's perfect for spring. Almost no preparation needed – everyone helps themselves to fill their own pitta bread.
Growing edible flowers
Sarah shows you how what sort of edible flowers she likes to grow and eat at home.
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...
How to grow your own wedding: Part 1
In this series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for their head gardener, Bea.
How to grow your own wedding: Part 2
In part 2 of our Grow Your Own Wedding Series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for the wedding of her head gardener, Bea.
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.
How to grow Eucomis (Pineapple flower)
Learn how to plant and grow Eucomis bulbs, for beautiful pineapple flowers in your autumn garden.
How to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii
Learn how to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii, for beautiful pink flowers this autumn.
Companion planting: Friends with Benefits
Sarah tells us why companion planting works, and how you can grow veg, herbs and flowers together to eliminate pests and increase productivity.
Rosemary, olive and lemon chicken recipe
This recipe is perfect for cool spring weekends, using rosemary from the pots on your kitchen windowsill.
How to plant at different soil levels
Growing plants one on top of another gets the most out of every square inch of your outside space.