if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

10 fascinating garden gifts we’d all love to get

Garden gifts for Christmas

Garden gifts are tricky. I don't think any of us wants a random plant. Certainly not if we have middle-sized gardens, because there's rarely a spare space to squeeze a…

November 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Are gardening Black Friday deals worth it?

Gardening gloves and secateurs

I hadn't realised there were gardening Black Friday deals. I've been vaguely aware of Black Friday as a day when tech and gadgetry gets marked down. But I noticed that…

November 23rd, 2016 - Shop

What is this year’s most charming Christmas theme?

Shelves made of old ladders and scaffolding boards

Stylist Liz Bauwens has picked a Christmas theme for at least one glossy magazine every year. She's worked for the Vogue group, Good Housekeeping, Ideal Home, House & Garden, Country…

November 20th, 2016 - The Middlesized House

10 creative ways to improve your winter garden

Summer plants that look good in a winter garden

What does your winter garden look like? Do you even have a 'winter garden' as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November…

November 13th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Take an insider look at the essentials of garden design

The essentials of garden design apply to all sizes of garden

Can you really cram the essentials of garden design into one day - let alone one blog post? I was invited to join the KLC School of Design on their…

November 6th, 2016 - Garden style & living

9 fascinating and useful garden design ideas from the man at the top

Andy Sturgeon photograph

I've just heard some really inspiring garden design ideas from Andy Sturgeon,  winner of nearly 40 national and international garden design awards. And everything he said was not only inspiring,…

October 30th, 2016 - Garden style & living

What you really need to know now about making garden videos

top tips for a successful YouTube Channel

Garden videos don't feature in the playlists of the UK's biggest YouTube stars.  Although it can only be a matter of time before Zoella gets to 'that gardening age'... But…

October 23rd, 2016 - Writing & blogging help

How to avoid a garden shed disaster…

Tips on replacing and repairing sheds

Are you thinking of buying a new garden shed? Is your current garden shed looking tatty? Do you need more garden shed storage? We've been pondering these questions for the…

October 16th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to deal with sudden tree death

How to deal with sudden tree death

Sudden tree death is a particular tragedy for small and middle-sized gardens. We only have a few trees and each one is special. We have a Cotinus coggygria 'Grace' which…

October 9th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to stop worrying and love your easy home-made compost

The easy way to make your own home-grown compost

Is there really such a thing as easy home-made compost? Don't you have to get the proportions right? And what about the long and complicated list of things you can…

October 2nd, 2016 - Gardening know how

What you really need to know about evergreen hedges for privacy

How to choose and plant the perfect privacy hedge

There are many good reasons for choosing hedges for privacy. Evergreen hedges provide food and shelter for wildlife all year round. Like trees, they're good for the environment generally, because…

September 25th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Growing courgettes – my ‘aha!’ moment…

Grow-your-own courgette growing tips

I watered my growing courgettes, along with the rest of the garden, before going to Spain for four days. I was really surprised by the courgettes when I got back.…

September 18th, 2016 - Grow-your-own

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