1. Starting a vegetable garden from scratch

    Starting a vegetable garden from scratch

    3rd April 2018

    Want to start a veg plot but not sure where to start? Sarah's guide will help you begin.

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  2. Gardening with children – choosing the seeds

    Gardening with children – choosing the seeds

    3rd April 2018

    This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.

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  3. How to grow grapes in Britain

    How to grow grapes in Britain

    3rd April 2018

    Learn how to grow grapes in Britain with the advice of Chatsworth gardener Ian Webster.

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  4. Square inch gardening with Charles Dowding

    Square inch gardening with Charles Dowding

    3rd April 2018

    Sarah meets Charles Dowding- the no-dig expert for tips on square-inch gardening.

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  5. Creating the perfect veg patch

    Creating the perfect veg patch

    3rd April 2018

     Creating a veg patch is one of the most rewarding experiences, find out the essentials to get you started here.

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  6. How to plant and grow freesias

    How to plant and grow freesias

    3rd April 2018

    Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.

     

     

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  7. Why you should choose 'prepared' freesia corms

    Why you should choose 'prepared' freesia corms

    3rd April 2018

    So-called “prepared corms” mimic what they would find in their native Cape in South Africa and ensures good growing and flowering.

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  8. Bring pollinators into your garden

    Bring pollinators into your garden

    3rd April 2018

    Find out why and how to attract beneficial insects into your garden.

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  9. Clematis for every month of the year

    Clematis for every month of the year

    3rd April 2018

    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 you? Find out how with Sarah's guide.

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  10. How to plant and grow aquilegias

    How to plant and grow aquilegias

    3rd April 2018

    Aquilegias are invaluable for flowering in May and early June when there is suprisingly little colour in the garden.

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  11. Edible Flowers

    Edible Flowers

    3rd April 2018

    The best edible flowers to grow all year round - with growing and harvesting tips.

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  12. A brief history of daffodils

    A brief history of daffodils

    7th March 2018

    From the Greek myth to it's natural European habitats and 19th century breeding...

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  13. How to sow sweet peas in winter

    How to sow sweet peas in winter

    1st March 2018

    Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.

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  14. Sarah's Superfoods: Kale

    Sarah's Superfoods: Kale

    1st January 2018

    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 suggest the most nutritious way to eat them.

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  15. Growing primula auriculas

    Growing primula auriculas

    1st January 2018

    Auriculas make a wonderful table centrepiece and are a fabulous eye-catching plant in the garden too.  Find out the best way of growing them.

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  16. Starting a veg patch - what to grow

    Starting a veg patch - what to grow

    1st January 2018

    When you are starting a veg patch you need to make the difficult decision about what to grow - here's Sarah's top tips.

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  17. Chitting potatoes

    Chitting potatoes

    1st January 2018

    Sarah shows you how to grow potatoes by chitting for quicker and slightly larger potato harvests.

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  18. Favourite indoor plants for winter

    Favourite indoor plants for winter

    1st January 2018

    Sarah shows you her favourite plants to grow indoors during the winter months, on her favourite metal plant theatre.

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  19. Growing cyclamen

    Growing cyclamen

    1st January 2018

     Cyclamen are a sure sign that spring is around the corner, with a cheery splash of pink they are a great start to the new year.

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  20. Growing peas in the veg garden

    Growing peas in the veg garden

    20th February 2017

    Sarah talks through her favourite varieties to grow and eat in the veg garden at Perch Hill.

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  21. How to cordon train your sweet peas

    How to cordon train your sweet peas

    17th February 2017

    Discover how to cordon train your sweet peas for magnificent plants.

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  22. How to make a scented narcissi table centrepiece

    How to make a scented narcissi table centrepiece

    22nd January 2017

    Perfect for Christmas or winter parties and weddings, this centrepiece is one of Sarah's family traditions passed down through the years.

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  23. How to grow your seed potatoes

    How to grow your seed potatoes

    11th January 2017

     Find out how to chit and plant out your earlies or maincrops, as well as how to force them in bags.

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  24. Caring for indoor Cyclamen

    Caring for indoor Cyclamen

    9th January 2017

    Plant up indoor cyclamen for a burst of colour in the cold month of February.

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  25. The best winter salad leaf varieties to grow

    The best winter salad leaf varieties to grow

    14th November 2016

    Sarah shows you which varieties of salad she grows to last through the winter at Perch Hill.

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  26. How to plant and grow iris

    How to plant and grow iris

    26th August 2016

    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, or in grass.

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  27. January in the garden

    January in the garden

    1st January 2016

    It's nice to start the new year in the garden and you'll find there's plenty to be done in January from herb sowing to tidying and mending.

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  28. How to plant out from gutterpipes

    How to plant out from gutterpipes

    24th February 2014

    Sarah shows you how to plant out salad from gutterpipes, in her salad garden at Perch Hill.

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  29. The Plants You Should Be Growing This Year

    The Plants You Should Be Growing This Year

    1st January 2014

    Sarah has tested more than 50 new plants. These are her favourites - for ease, longevity, appearance and flavour.

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  30. How to grow crocosmias

    How to grow crocosmias

    17th December 2013

    Tips and advice on how to grow Crocosmias, for outstanding colour from July - October.

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  31. How to plant and grow bluebells

    How to plant and grow bluebells

    17th December 2013

    Find out how to plant and grow bluebell bulbs, for a colourful, pollinator-friendly patch in early spring.

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  32. Growing Anemone coronaria

    Growing Anemone coronaria

    15th November 2013

    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.

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  33. How to plant and grow raspberries

    How to plant and grow raspberries

    8th March 2013

     Learn how to plant out raspberry canes and how to establish and grow them with Sarah's instructions.

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  34. How to grow potatoes in bags

    How to grow potatoes in bags

    7th March 2013

     Find Sarah's tips for how to grow potatoes in a container or planting bag in your small garden space.

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  35. How to plant out rhubarb crowns

    How to plant out rhubarb crowns

    7th March 2013

     Learn how to plant out your rhubarb crowns, with these simple instructions.

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  36. How to prune clematis

    How to prune clematis

    6th March 2013

     Learn how to prune your clematis plant with this simple guide.

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  37. Identifying your soil type

    Identifying your soil type

    25th January 2013

    Learn how to identify your soil type, and the differences between the common varieties.

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  38. How to sow your own exotic meadow

    How to sow your own exotic meadow

    23rd January 2013

    Garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith has used his expertise to create an exotic, smaller-scale version of the Olympic wildflower meadows.

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  39. Urban self sufficiency

    Urban self sufficiency

    10th July 2012

    Create your perfect, easy-to-care-for small veg plot with this guide - ideal for an urban garden.

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  40. Using native wood structures

    Using native wood structures

    13th January 2012

     Choosing native wood structures for your garden is not only environmentally friendly but looks beautiful too.

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  41. Growing chillies from seed

    Growing chillies from seed

    17th March 2011

    Learn how to grow tasty chillies from seed with this simple guide.

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  42. Understanding types of plants and seeds

    Understanding types of plants and seeds

    18th February 2011

    Find the definitions of the different seed types here with our simple guide to annuals, biennials, perennials, hardy and half-hardy.

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  43. February in the garden

    February in the garden

    11th February 2011

    With spring just around the corner there's plenty to do in your garden in February. Plant bulbs for spring and summer colour and start sowing your hardy annual veg and flower seeds. Chit your potatoes and make sure your trees and shrubs are pruned and tied in.

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  44. Which are the best potatoes to grow?

    Which are the best potatoes to grow?

    13th January 2011

    The results of the 2010 potato trial at Perch Hill will help you choose which varieties are best to grow.

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  45. How to plant & grow peonies

    How to plant & grow peonies

    8th January 2011

    Your step-by-step guide to growing peonies, how to grow them and when to care for them.

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