Sow and grow


The Simple Things Gardening Editor, Cinead McTernan goes back to gardening school, with a course on sowing seeds. Read her top tips for healthy sowing and growing. No matter how many times I sow seeds nothing quite beats the buzz of seeing little green shoots as they start to germinate. The journey from seed to… Continue reading

Herbal remedy


Use fragrant winter herbs to liven up your soups and salads In this month’s Seed To Stove Lia Leendertz is making mouthwatering meals with her favourite trio of winter herbs, chervil, parsley and coriander. Try this Middle Eastern-style salad packed with punchy flavours – the perfect weekend lunch. Serve with fluffy homemade pitta (super easy… Continue reading

Zingy sorrel soup

Sorrel is one of those herbs that’s not as well known as it should be. It’s easy to grow, will come back year after year and tastes utterly delicious – a sort of zingy, lemon flavour that works just as well in savoury dishes as it does in sweet. If you don’t grow it yourself,… Continue reading

Rabbits are cute, as long as they're not in our gardens…


Remember the story about Beatrix Potter’s cheeky Peter Rabbit and the long-suffering Mr. McGregor? While we might think Mr. McGregor is mean and grumpy towards Peter and his family, it’s a regrettable truth that rabbits and gardens really don’t mix. Though most of us would prefer to live in harmony with our fluffy friends, the… Continue reading

Create your own indoor herb garden


Create your own indoor herb garden this weekend and you could be picking homegrown rosemary to flavour your Sunday roast! WHAT TO GROW There’s nothing more rewarding than enhancing your cooking using homegrown freshly picked herbs. Plant this trio and you’re covered for a host of dishes. THYME can be grown successfully indoors – it simply… Continue reading

Cabbage never tasted this good


The star of our Seed to Stove series, Lia Leendertz, is turning her winter crop of cabbages and kale into tangy winter treats in this month’s The Simple Things (Issue 19).  Cavolo nero crispy seaweed anyone? If you’re inspired to grow your own crop, Lia has persuaded the good people at Otter Farm in Devon… Continue reading

Wonderful walnuts

Wonderful walnuts

Plant now and spend future Christmases feasting on homegrown walnuts   Did you know a mature walnut tree can produce 50kg of walnuts a year? Plant a grafted tree now and within a few years (yes it does take a while but all good things are worth waiting for, right?) you’ll be harvesting your own… Continue reading

Letters to a beekeeper…

Steve Benbow. London Honey

This is a love story about bees and flowers; about a beekeeper and a gardener; about all of us, and the natural world we love. Follow urban beekeeper Steve Benbow and gardener Alys Fowler as they explore each other’s world. JOIN THEM AS they swap tips for gardening, growing and helping out useful insects, whether they are… Continue reading

Seed to Stove: Autumn roots


Introducing… Seed 2 Stove: Autumn roots. In the first of a new series for the magazine, keen allotmenteer Lia Leendertz cooks up her colourful autumn crop. “My allotment sits at the top of a hill in north Bristol. Much of the time my two kids are climbing the apple trees and demanding drinks or snacks, but… Continue reading

Sarah Raven tulip collections


Now is the time to choose and order your bulbs in time for planting in November. Sarah Raven has put together three stunning tulip collections to make choosing even easier. “No spring garden is complete without its tulips. They add beautiful colour to borders, in pots and cut for a vase. Here are a few… Continue reading