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Can you buy plants online"

How to buy plants online from small specialist nurseries, online-only plant stores or local nursery garden centres which deliver or do mail order. The...
02-04-2020 21:43

Growing veg – the 8 mistakes you can easily avoid

I am officially no good at growing veg. So I?m not going to tell you how to grow any individual vegetable ? there are lots of other excellent bloggers...
29-03-2020 21:41

Where to plant spring bulbs + spring garden tour

Tips from Doddington Place Gardens on where to plant spring bulbs, how to choose your spring bulbs and what to do after they\'ve flowered. The post Wh...
22-03-2020 21:40

What is a modern country gardener"

Tamsin Westhorpe, author of Diary of a Modern Country Gardener, talks about how garden visiting and garden tools have changed for the better The post ...
15-03-2020 21:39

2020 garden trends from the Garden Press Event

Discover the 2020 garden trends to make your garden more beautiful, easier to look after or more sustainable. Tips from experts at the Garden Press Ev...
08-03-2020 21:39

What you need to know about tree ferns for a cool climate

How to choose tree ferns for a cool climate, where and how to plant them in your garden, how to water tree ferns, prune them and look after them in wi...
01-03-2020 21:40

Garden inspiration from a medium sized garden

This is the second of two posts on inspiration from a medium sized garden. The first post was about a garden designed by the late Grant Saltmarsh, upd...
23-02-2020 21:42

8 beautiful and unusual medium sized garden ideas

These are my favourite medium sized garden ideas from two private gardens I’ve just visited. Middle-sized gardens are often referred to as a ‘smal...
16-02-2020 21:40

How to plant on a slope

Maybe your whole garden is sloping" O perhaps you just have to plant on a slope in one border" Either way, it can be frustrating. I only have the tini...
09-02-2020 21:43

How to choose a garden gate

What to think about when you\'re looking for a new garden gate. How to choose a gate or have it tailored made for you. Plus garden gate ideas. The pos...
26-01-2020 21:43

How to use easy topiary shapes in stylish ways

Easy topiary might seem like a contradiction in terms. Many of the great topiary gardens have lots of wonderful elaborate shapes that have taken years...
19-01-2020 21:42

How conifers can transform your year-round garden

Conifers have had a bad reputation in the past. When Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter told a group of Garden Media Guild journalists that he planned to ...
12-01-2020 21:42

Easy topiary – use simple shapes for stunning effects

The post Easy topiary – use simple shapes for stunning effects appeared first on The Middle-Sized Garden....
11-01-2020 21:41

Low maintenance front garden ideas – the myths and the

A good low maintenance front garden will lift your heart every time you open your front door. It’ll cheer up the neighbourhood, too – your front g...
04-01-2020 21:45

What you really need to know about gardening advice

Gardening advice isn?t just about finding out the facts. It’s not just about how to do things – like prune roses. It?s about finding your own gard...
15-12-2019 21:42

The rise and rise of the extra large wreath…

If you want a wreath for your wall or above your fireplace, then an extra large wreath will probably look better than the size normally used on front ...
08-12-2019 21:39

How to plant a winter window box

I asked garden designer and GBBO finalist Jane Beedle (@janebbakes on Instagram) for her tips on planting a winter window box. First we went along to ...
01-12-2019 21:45

Winter gardening – what NOT to do (or what not to worr

I’ve been pulling together winter gardening tips with Erin Schanen who runs the excellent The Impatient Gardener channel on Youtube. On her channel,...
25-11-2019 21:40

How to care for your dahlias in winter

I never dig up my dahlias in winter. And I have grown dahlias – successfully – for fifteen years. But this year I am digging up the dahlias. All o...
17-11-2019 21:43

The feel-good November garden to-do list

Lets focus on the best things about the November garden. It’s a beautiful time of year, but it’s also sad as the old year creaks and flutters slow...
10-11-2019 21:40

How to save money on garden design

How to save money on garden design - tips from top garden designers, plus how to save money on paths, paving, landscaping, planting and more. The post...
03-11-2019 21:46

How to decorate with indoor plants – latest trends

Decorate with indoor plants - how to arrange houseplants, where to put plants in the home, interior decorating with plants and best indoor plants to c...
27-10-2019 21:41

The new approach to garden weeds and why you need it

I?ve been talking to garden designer and writer Jack Wallington about common garden weeds. His book, Wild About Weeds ? Designing with Rebel Plants, p...
20-10-2019 21:40

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs – at the heart of the gar

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs are a brilliant place to buy the best and most unusual plants. And they are also where professional horticulturalists and...
13-10-2019 21:43

10 easy care evergreen pots for year round impact

For the next six months, the evergreen pots in my garden will create almost all the structure and impact. But they need very little care and put up wi...
06-10-2019 21:43

Everything you need to know about growing hydrangeas

Growing hydrangeas is a no-brainer if you want a garden with year-round interest. They flower from mid-summer until the end of the year. And in autumn...
29-09-2019 21:39

How to make money from your garden – growing cut flowe

Sue Oriel has started a business growing cut flowers to sell from her garden. It’s called Country Lane Flowers, which she runs with her friend and n...
15-09-2019 21:40

Possibly the greatest gardening mistake you can make"

The worst gardening mistake you can make is not about planting. It’s not about pruning wrongly. Nor is it about failing to do something, like aerate...
04-09-2019 21:43

Growing dahlias – everything you need to know

Answers to questions about growing dahlias from dahlia expert Steven Edney, head gardener at The Salutation Hotel & Gardens. When to plant dahlias, ho...
01-09-2019 21:38

10 small garden planting ideas that really work

Small garden planting ideas that really work! How to choose and place plants to make your garden feel bigger and more beautiful. And why planting tha...
25-08-2019 21:40

10 garden planting ideas for small gardens (part 1)

Border planting ideas for small gardens. What works well in a limited space and why it\'s often different for larger gardens. How to choose and combin...
18-08-2019 21:39

The secrets of contemporary garden design (on the cheap!)

Garden designer Jane Beedle has turned her own muddy back yard into a stylish, colourful contemporary garden in just four months. All on a tight budge...
11-08-2019 21:40

Plants that spread – the key to easy, successful garde

Plants that spread can save you so much time and money. And they’re the plants that create colour in my garden from July to the first frosts. My top...
04-08-2019 21:40

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or ...
28-07-2019 21:42

What you need to know about garden steps

How high your garden steps should be, how deep, which materials to choose and garden step ideas from traditional and contemporary gardens.The post Wha...
21-07-2019 21:38

Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration

Garden designer and BBC presenter Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration from everything around you - from great gardens like Kew to g...
14-07-2019 21:40

Curved gardens are back in a big way

Curved garden designs can make your garden feel more private or seem bigger. Discover ideas for curved garden paths, borders and arches from the show ...
07-07-2019 21:40

How to buy the best gazebo for your garden

What to look for in a pop-up gazebo, and how to pick the best gazebo for your garden. Plus how to decide whether to pay more or buy the budget version...
30-06-2019 21:39

Self-seeded vs weeds – can you achieve the magic balan

I’ve been thinking about the balance of self-seeded vs weeds in my garden this year. We are open next Sunday for the Faversham Open Gardens & Garden...
23-06-2019 21:41

13 beautiful ideas for your garden from BBC Gardeners World

I’ve seen a number of really pretty ideas for your garden at BBC Gardeners World Live 2019. What about trying naturalistic, all-green or cottage gar...
16-06-2019 21:39

How friends and lovers improve your summer garden colour

Summer garden colour from artist Liz Bradley\'s English country garden. Plus how Chagall\'s \'friends and lovers\' colour theory helps you choose colo...
09-06-2019 21:42

Is Gravetye Manor the perfect English garden"

Is it possible to have a perfect ‘English garden"’ After all, wildness and imperfection is at the heart of the English garden concept. Gardens are...
02-06-2019 21:43

6 inspiring city garden ideas from London

A city garden is a breath of fresh air in a crowded environment. You can create a patch of green can be created in the most surprising places. I visit...
26-05-2019 21:41

Small garden design inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower

There is so much excellent small garden design inspiration at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Double decker gardens – make your garden twice ...
21-05-2019 21:41

Discover fascinating open gardens in three historic places

Visit annual group open gardens in three extraordinarily historic places. Discover the fascinating Medieval market town of Faversham and the ancient f...
12-05-2019 21:44

How to change your life with a gardening career

Celebrate Garden Day by thinking about changing your career. Garden designer and TV presenter Arit Anderson\'s top tips for changing your career to on...
06-05-2019 21:45

The top plant trends for your garden this year

How to choose the best plants for your garden in 2019 - the Middlesized Garden talks about plant trends with Hortus Loci, who supply more plants for R...
28-04-2019 21:46

How to create an easy sustainable garden

A sustainable garden is increasingly important. We urban gardeners manage a substantial chunk of the outdoor space in any town or city. So what we do ...
20-04-2019 21:48

Heston Blumenthal on how to barbecue for a crowd

I recently asked Heston Blumenthal for his top tips on how to barbecue for a party. And although it was only a short conversation, he certainly turned...
14-04-2019 21:45

7 easy, effective water saving garden tips

Why do you need water saving garden tips" You probably have rain drumming down on your roof at this very moment. However, we use 30-60% of our househo...
07-04-2019 21:43

Why garden podcasts are the hot new trend…

How to find the garden podcast for your plant passion - with top podcasters The SodShow and On The Ledge, plus the hot new The Plant Based Podcast.The...
30-03-2019 21:46

How to root prune your plants in pots – and why it mat

‘Give it a root prune every two or three years.’ I was given this advice when I bought my beloved topiary spiral. It is the most significant plant...
24-03-2019 21:43

How to improve your garden photography even if you hate tech

Garden photography and video is now important to almost any garden lover. If you’re on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or you have a blog or a garde...
17-03-2019 21:46

11 ideas from the best garden ponds I’ve seen

I’ve seen some beautiful garden ponds in both public and private gardens over the past few years. A garden pond is more than just ornamental – itâ...
10-03-2019 21:44

7 garden design ideas from four private gardens

Here are garden design ideas from four really beautiful private gardens, none of which are ever open to the public. They are in Southern Australia, an...
03-03-2019 21:42

Everything you need to know about growing cannas

Cannas are one of the most tropical-looking plants. They tap into today’s trend towards exotic gardens. But they can be grown in quite temperate cli...
24-02-2019 21:42

An easy tip for weeding without chemicals

This is a very simple, effective way of weeding without chemicals (and almost without effort). It comes from the Abbey Physic Garden in Faversham. The...
17-02-2019 21:46

Where is the best place for the vegetable garden"

‘I’d like to know more about where you put your vegetable garden, and the utilitarian areas.’ This was a comment on the Middlesized Garden YouTu...
10-02-2019 21:41

How to prevent knee or back pain from gardening

Knee or back pain from gardening is probably the most frustrating thing in a garden-lover’s life. You’re longing to get out there – but as soon ...
03-02-2019 21:43

Garden path materials – the good, the bad and the beau

Garden path materials are usually a big investment, so it may be tempting to go for something cheap. But a beautiful garden path will make such a diff...
27-01-2019 21:46

Brilliant low-maintenance plants for beautiful gardens

Low-maintenance plants are difficult to kill and look good in your garden for a long time. They don’t require complicated pruning or feeding regimes...
20-01-2019 21:43

Do you want easy compost or fast compost"

Is your personality better suited to easy compost or fast compost" When I started gardening, I was confused by what appeared to be conflicting advice ...
13-01-2019 21:41

Brilliant gardening trousers and other useful kit

I had never considered buying gardening trousers. Because I work from home, I garden in short snatches and stolen moments. I didn’t think it would b...
06-01-2019 21:42

The best gardening books of the year

Treat yourself to one of the best gardening books of the year. Or any one of them would make a wonderful gift. If you’re asking the question ‘why ...
16-12-2018 21:41

Zero waste Christmas decorations from the garden

Do you fancy joining me in zero waste Christmas decorating this year" My definition of ‘zero waste Christmas decorations’ are things found in the ...
02-12-2018 21:41

My best autumn trees for small gardens

Autumn trees are the stars in my November garden.If I didn’t have trees, there would be very little to look at.  And trees improve air quality and s...
25-11-2018 21:44

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills"

Do you avoid using Latin names for plants" Do they seem too complicated or even unnecessary"After all, we can all have beautiful gardens without knowi...
18-11-2018 21:46

My escape from fear to a healing garden

Many people are now talking openly about their physical and mental challenges and how their garden or gardening has helped them.   I want to talk abou...
11-11-2018 21:46

Do you really need to do a soil test"

‘So how many people in this room have done a soil test"’This question was asked by garden designer Adam Frost at a recent talk at the Painters For...
04-11-2018 21:40

Autumn garden ideas – what works beautifully and what

This year’s autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour.The leaves of the Robinia frisia (False acacia) and the C...
28-10-2018 21:42

Accessible garden ideas – how to make a garden everyon

Does an accessible garden only matter to people in wheelchairs" Or to the partially sighted, or to someone with a chronic illness"What about mothers w...
21-10-2018 21:41

Adam Frost’s top tips for your garden redesign

I asked garden designer Adam Frost  about garden redesign. Especially if you have a middlesized garden and have recently moved in.(‘Recently’ in g...
14-10-2018 21:40

What are the risks when you blog for money"

Do you blog, vlog or podcast for money" And if so, are you doing it legally"Or are you risking your blog being removed from Google listings"Perhaps yo...
07-10-2018 21:38

Which garden tree is absolutely perfect for you"

How to choose the right garden tree"I think we all dither over this because trees seem like such a big purchase. More like buying a sofa than buying a...
30-09-2018 21:40

Do you make these September garden mistakes"

I sense that the September garden isn’t anyone’s favourite.Vita Sackville-West abandoned Sissinghurst for the Mediterranean in September. Alan Tit...
23-09-2018 21:41

The top 2019 garden trends from GLEE

What do the 2019 garden trends mean for your garden"I’ve just visited GLEE, the horticultural trades show in Birmingham. The future is looking good ...
16-09-2018 21:42

The best professional tips for late summer garden colour

Have you run out of gardening steam by the time you get to the late summer garden"I know I do, which is why it’s so inspiring to visit a top profess...
09-09-2018 21:41

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

I’ve always wondered about ‘no dig flower borders’ for annuals, shrubs and perennials.Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the pri...
02-09-2018 21:42

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures

August in the Middlesized Garden is a bit of a mixed bag.August has been called ‘the Sunday of summer’, and there’s a lazy, idle feeling about t...
12-08-2018 21:38

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

Garden seating is so much more than just a place to sit.A bench can be a focal point, work like a piece of sculpture, can punctuate a hedge or lawn or...
05-08-2018 21:40
 



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