Plants for free: How to collect seeds

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The flowering season may be coming to an end but there is still abundance in the garden. This is the time to collect seeds, propagate and divide.

Recipe: Vibrant autumn coleslaw

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No need to wait till next summer with this vibrant autumn salad from The Natural Cook by Tom Hunt.

Wicca quiz: Which witch are you?


The witches we tend to think of are the stuff of cliche. As followers of wicca continue to grow, we ask ‘which witch are you?’ in this fun quiz.

Competition: Win! A sofa from Graham & Green worth £1,600

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This month’s prize winner gets to curl up on a two-seater sofa, in their choice of fabric, from Graham & Green, the interiors specialists.

Food from afar: Bento box


The art of Japanese nibbles beautifully packed into a box – it’s Bento!

Food on the face: natural skincare recipes


Our gardens and fridges provide skincare that’s healthier, cheaper and more natural than anything we could buy. Try these natural skincare recipes.

The Festival of Thrift: Meet Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway


From catwalk fashion to social housing, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway have packed in a lot. The Simple Things chatted to them about their latest venture, the Festival of Thrift.

Recipes: Garlic


Spicy or smoked, raw or roasted, garlic comes in many guises and varieties to make your dishes sing. Try these three garlic recipes.

Wordless Wednesday


The wild and beautiful landscape of Asturias, on Spain’s northern coast. Photograph: Inntravel, the Slow holiday people.

Persephone Books: new reads

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This month, The Simple Things is on the hunt for new reads. Persephone Books – a small, independent publisher – takes an unconventional approach to book selling, with its female-only catalogue.