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How to avoid getting whitefly in the greenhouse
Sarah talks through her multi-pronged attack method of how she has eradicated whitefly from the greenhouse this year, using companion planting and encarsia...
Using bread in a salad may seem odd, and you might think it would be heavy, but this is one of the best summer tomato salads.
Grow your own herbal pelargonium tea
Sarah shows you her favourite varieties of scented leaf pelargonium and how she uses these to make herbal tisanes.
Japanese griddled courgettes recipe
This is as simple as it comes, but is so delicious, I could eat it on its own and it's excellent with almost any fish or meat. Use a mix of colours –...
How to make a pretty homegrown bridal posy
Sarah creates a wedding bouquet in the cutting patch at Perch Hill.
Sarah makes her favourite basil ice cream
From plot to plate, Sarah guides you through the steps to making basil ice cream.
Basil ice cream (or frozen yoghurt) recipe
I know it sounds odd, but this is one of my favourite ever ice creams.
Chicken puttanesca with waxy new potatoes recipe
This is a one-pot dish, which needs only a salad to make it a meal.
Amaryllis flowers for the Christmas table
Create beautiful arrangements from your amaryllis flowers with this easy to follow guide.
Decorating for Christmas with Paperwhite Narcissi
An incredibly beautiful, long lasting, deliciously scented and spectacular table centre which will be at its best over Christmas and New Year.
Crisp courgette wedges recipe
These crunchy courgettes in an anchovy crust are wonderful dipped into anchovy mayonnaise.
British cut flowers
Sarah discusses the British cut flowers industry, an in particular looks at our best roses.
Split pea and mint croquettes recipe
Healthy, sustaining and absolutely delicious. You could use sorrel instead of mint for the sauce.
Strawberry and orange granita recipe
A quick, easy and very delicious summertime dessert, great topped with Cointreau or vodka.
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.
How to sow and grow hollyhocks
Sarah shares her instructions on how to sow and grow hollyhocks for that typical cottage garden look.
The importance of wild flower meadows
Sarah explains how more wild flower meadows grown in our gardens can help our pollinators.
Growing edible flowers
Sarah shows you how what sort of edible flowers she likes to grow and eat at home.
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...
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.
Crispy cumin and caraway squid recipe
The fragrant tastes of cumin and caraway are delicious with squid.
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 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 overwinter your dahlia tubers
Sarah shows you how she overwinters her dahlia tubers at Perch Hill.
Liz's marzipan and dried cherry flapjacks recipe
The tartness of the dried cherries in these flapjacks prevents them from being too sweet, and the marzipan adds a hint of almond.
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.
A unique Christmas flower table arrangement
Christmas decor does not have to mean a sea of red and green. A more sophisticated look, using white flowers and sparkling lights, is surprisingly easy...
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 crocosmias
Tips and advice on how to grow Crocosmias, for outstanding colour from July - October.
How to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii
Learn how to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii, for beautiful pink flowers this autumn.
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 bluebells
Find out how to plant and grow bluebell bulbs, for a colourful, pollinator-friendly patch in early spring.
Fennel and apple salad with toasted pumpkin seeds recipe
Fennel and apples are at their very best in the autumn or early winter. This is lovely as a starter, but also good with chicken, and delicious with almost...
How to make a winter wreath
Sarah shows you the steps to make a beautiful winter wreath, for the door or table.
A simple floral Christmas decoration for the table
Sarah creates a simple decoration for the table in mini milk bottles.
How to make napkin rings from hyacinth flowers and cranberries
This simple decoration is perfect at Christmas time, and is lovely, fun homemade craft idea.
Banbury cakes recipe
These Banbury cakes are brilliantly versatile – filled with less sweet homemade mincemeat, they are great for pudding or tea at Christmas time.