The Middle-Sized Garden Blog

What do you really want to achieve in your garden this year?

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell April 24th, 2016 in: Gardening know how

At last, the garden is green rather than brown. It’s time for a walk-round, with a few gardening friends, to see what’s working and what I ought to do. It’s all very well dreaming and…

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The Great Decluttering Myth & the magic of one garden shed…

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell April 17th, 2016 in: Garden style & living

There’s no doubt about it – de-cluttering your desk, home or garden shed can help you feel more in control. But something is lost, too. A completely decluttered life has fewer layers and less history. It…

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Easy veg growing for year-round success

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell April 10th, 2016 in: Grow-your-own

Have you been just slightly disappointed by your home-grown fruit and veg? In the last two summers, I’ve grown celeriac with no roots, blighted tomatoes, stunted sweetcorn and lettuces that ran up to flower before…

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12 easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell April 3rd, 2016 in: Wildlife & eco

When did you last wash out the bird bath? I keep walking past mine, thinking ‘must do something about that.’ It’s so easy to forget. Time goes by. So this weekend is my ‘wildlife friendly audit’….

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How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell March 27th, 2016 in: Garden style & living

As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don’t throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to dye silk and wool. You’ll get wonderful natural colours. Or use them as a fixative…

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13 clever ways to improve your garden – from Australia!

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell March 20th, 2016 in: Garden style & living

Different country. Different climate – but travel makes you look at gardens in a fresh way.  It’s inspiring to see how someone else grows things, especially if you can talk to an expert. Many Australian…

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12 professional insider tips for landscaping your garden

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell March 13th, 2016 in: Gardening know how

Landscaping is the most expensive element in your garden. And it’s the hardest part to get right. I went round a stunningly planted private garden last summer, which was almost completely ruined by the use…

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How to create your unique grow-your-own garden plan

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell March 6th, 2016 in: Grow-your-own

Are you growing the right vegetables, herbs and fruit? The ones you will really eat and use? Or are you wasting about half your seed budget because you’re not growing the things you really use,…

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How to create a family garden – 14 child-friendly garden ideas

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell February 28th, 2016 in: Garden style & living

What does the term ‘family garden’ mean to you? Lots of colourful plastic and a bald lawn? But you can have a garden that both you and your children love – without spending a fortune….

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Improve your pruning with 10 practical Great Dixter tips

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell February 21st, 2016 in: Gardening know how

Pruning is the backbone of a brilliant garden. And February is pruning time at Great Dixter. Last week, I was invited to join Great Dixter’s Rachael Dodd on the new ‘Behind the Scenes’ afternoon series….

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How to revive a tired garden

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell February 14th, 2016 in: Garden style & living

Do you look out of your window and feel your garden has lost its sparkle? Or maybe you’ve moved house, and have a perfectly reasonable garden – but you don’t love it and it doesn’t…

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How to create beautiful photos of snowdrops

Posted By: Alexandra Campbell February 7th, 2016 in: Writing & blogging help

It’s snowdrop time. But snowdrops are the most frustratingly difficult flowers to photograph. From this weekend onwards, there will be ‘snowdrop walks’ all round Britain. The NGS, for the first time, has a list of…

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