Give me a piccolo full of parsley any day

People don't want boring things like flowerbeds or lawns; they want decking, paving and focal planting

Gardening: The four seasonings

Plant a few varieties in your garden or window box and you'll never be short of the perfect herb again. Sarah Raven explains which of the many types to grow and how best to do it

Food: Mother tongue

Forget wood-roasting for a moment, and give your meat an old-fashioned, British boil. Photograph by Jason Lowe

Food: The magnificent seven

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Food & Drink: Canny Cooking

In The Can Part 1: Tomatoes A century ago cans were hailed as the solution to preserving edibles. Now overtaken by the freezer and chill cabinets, they are the poor relations of the food world. But, cheap and cheerful, they still represent a meaningful part of our weekly shop, from baked beans to pet foods. And, in some cases, canned products can be as effective as fresh, if not more so. In the first of a two-part series Michael Bateman looks at the essential, canned tomato. Next week: canned luxuries

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Simon Hopkinson Irish stew, meat and potato pie, like mother used to make ... Comfort food to warm you on a winter evening. Photographs by Jason Lowe

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Gardening: Weekend Work

Like a drunk at a party, you find yourself saying the same things over and over again in May: weed, sow, hoe, mulch, train, tie in, support. Gardening, like housework, is mostly a matter of doing the same jobs over and over again, but, unlike housework, it gives you something worthwhile at the end of the labour.

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Food: Frying colours

If Annie Bell wants chips she goes to the Ivy, otherwise she fries at home

Rugby League: Eaton drives Dewsbury to big pay day

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