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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

How to create a garden for entertaining

I’ve just visited a dramatically gorgeous garden for entertaining – and it’s also a plant-lover’s heaven.Dan Cooper’s lush and jungly garden...
29-07-2018 21:42

Why a successful small garden needs a big idea

A small garden needs a big idea.You can let a larger garden evolve – and by ‘larger’ I mean any garden more than about 100ft long or quarter of ...
22-07-2018 21:45

The best windy garden plants and solutions

I?ve recently been asked about plants and solutions for a windy garden.Sue Marling and Fay Sweet’s Suffolk garden is in a windy area, but it is colo...
15-07-2018 21:39

How to update your garden on a budget

If you want to update your garden on a budget, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has lots of good ideas.There are, of course, the top show gardens, where ...
08-07-2018 21:38

How to upcycle and organise the shed

I’ve been meaning to organise the shed for years.It was cold, messy and full of clutter, with nowhere to put anything. So seeds and tools started to...
01-07-2018 21:40

How to create a beautiful mini meadow garden

Do you fancy a mini meadow garden"I’ve seen several beautiful strips of wildflower meadow in show gardens this year. And also in friends’ gardens....
24-06-2018 21:42

15 easy affordable ideas for town gardens

There are 29 town gardens open next weekend (June 24th 10am-5pm) for the Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day. There are also 25+ market stalls ...
17-06-2018 21:44

The 25 best self-seeding plants to save you time and money

Self-seeding plants are the key to gardening on automatic. The less you do, the more they grow.And they’re free. You buy one packet of seeds or one ...
10-06-2018 21:41

Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…

Whitstable Open Gardens is on next weekend (for the NGS).Ten gardens will be open on 10th June (10am-5pm), which makes it easy to remember.Wildflowers...
03-06-2018 21:40

How to start a successful garden from scratch

Starting a garden from scratch is both a challenge and  a privilege.When Sarah Langton-Lockton bought her 1920s house, the garden was overgrown to the...
27-05-2018 21:40

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – what it means for y

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show or ‘Chelsea’, as it’s known in the gardening world, is our Fashion Week.Chris Beardshaw’s design for Morgan Stanle...
21-05-2018 21:42

A seashell garden path – is it the best and most attra

A seashell garden path is probably the most environmentally friendly path option you can choose. It’s relatively cheap and you can lay it yourself.A...
13-05-2018 21:40

A shady border – the best (and easiest) part of your g

My shady border is probably better for longer than anywhere else in the garden. Although I do far less work in it – less planting and weeding – th...
06-05-2018 21:43

Which are the best gardening gloves"

As a garden blogger, I’m often given free gardening gloves to review.However, I also buy them, because not all gardening gloves are the same. There ...
29-04-2018 21:40

New directions in garden privacy screens

Garden privacy screens have really changed alot in the last few years. There are lots of new, exciting designs.As more houses are built, gardens get s...
22-04-2018 21:38

Garden ideas from the Ascot Garden Show

I’ve just been to the Ascot Garden Show, England’s newest garden show (held 13th-15th April).It can’t be easy to start a garden show from scratc...
15-04-2018 21:41

Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

‘Daylilies are edible’ I said to our guests. ‘So we’re going to dig some up this weekend and eat them.’Everyone was very positive (although ...
08-04-2018 21:43

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

Here in the South East (of England), we’re assessing the winter damage to our gardens.The real problems weren’t caused by the snow, freezing winds...
01-04-2018 21:45

Tree surgeon, arborist or chain saw man" Why you need t

I didn’t know the difference between a tree surgeon, an arborist (also known as an arboriculturalist) and a Chain Saw Man when we first moved into a...
25-03-2018 21:45

A new look at the March garden…

What do you imagine to be the essence of a  ‘March garden’"January and February stand for frosts, snowdrops, the brilliant colours of cornus stems...
18-03-2018 21:46

How to make natural plant supports from clippings

I’ve seen other people make natural plant supports from clippings. But not being a very handy person, I hadn’t thought of actually trying it mysel...
11-03-2018 21:46

How to make your garden different with unusual plants

I’ve always been slightly nervous of buying ‘unusual plants.’Maybe they’re just for expert gardeners" More demanding" Difficult to grow"Nandin...
04-03-2018 21:41

8 beautifully simple garden ideas that really work

The Diggers Club Garden of St Erth demonstrates simple garden ideas to home gardeners.It’s a charming and very domestic-scale garden. Every idea in ...
25-02-2018 21:41

Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant.The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line ...
18-02-2018 21:40

20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I’m creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow.Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and a...
11-02-2018 21:45

YouTube gardening – discover a new world of garden gur

YouTube gardening videos are a very useful resource. If you want to know how to prune roses, make a raised bed or plant potatoes, seeing it on video i...
04-02-2018 21:43

Is it time for a garden appraisal"

If you want to take your garden up a notch, book a garden appraisal.Maybe you’ve moved to a new house and you don’t even know what’s in your gar...
28-01-2018 21:46

What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to y

I first heard the term ‘re-wilding’ at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It’s one of the big new trends in gardening.It means appreciati...
21-01-2018 21:50

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics.And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from gar...
14-01-2018 21:42

How to find a gardener who’s perfect for your garden

What’s the first thing you think about when you decide to find a gardener"Is it ‘how much does a gardener cost"’Or ‘how do I find a gardener w...
07-01-2018 21:44

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

To wish you ‘happy Christmas’, here is ‘the best of 2017’ – the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favo...
17-12-2017 21:37

The best blogging tips of the year….

What are your best blogging tips of the year" I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours.Britmums is a blogging collective. Although it’s mainly for...
10-12-2017 21:38

Christmas ideas – a white Christmas tablescape

The phrase ‘Christmas tablescape’ has emerged from Pinterest, along with ‘Christmas mantelscapes.’This Christmas tablescape is on the piano in...
03-12-2017 21:38

New Contemporary Garden course discount – 10% off! Plu

Learning With Experts (formerly My Garden School) is offering Middlesized Garden readers a 10% off their New Contemporary Garden course, taught by RHS...
30-11-2017 21:38

Jam jar Christmas – how to decorate with garden clippi

I love jam jar flower arrangements, so I’ve asked florist-tutor Julie Davies how to do jam jar Christmas decorations.Jam jar Christmas decorations c...
26-11-2017 21:55

Bloggers’ picks – the best Christmas gifts for g

I’ve asked a range of leading bloggers to recommend the best gifts for gardeners. I set a price limit of under £50.And by gardeners, of course, I me...
19-11-2017 21:59

Don’t dig up dahlias for winter! What to do instead

I don’t dig up dahlias to store them at the end of the summer. I?ve been growing dahlias for fifteen years, and I only dug a few up once. They died....
12-11-2017 21:55

Join the 1970s house plants revolution

I was part of the original 1970s house plants movement. When I first left home, house plants were as essential as having a coffee mug, a Habitat plate...
05-11-2017 21:58

Secret Gardens and Secret Gardeners…book reviews

I’ve been sent review copies of Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall & Marcus Harpur, and The Secret Gardeners by Victoria Summerley & Hu...
29-10-2017 22:00
 



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