The Middle-Sized Garden Blog

What they didn’t tell you about ‘jobs for this weekend’…

By Alexandra Campbell March 1st, 2015 - Posted In: Practical tips and tricks

I once bought some of that sheep’s bottom stuff for snail and slug control. It didn’t work (see pic). I mentioned this to former RHS horticulturalist, Will Denne: ‘Ah,’ he said. ‘You should have started…

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12 budget container gardening tips for year-round style

By Alexandra Campbell February 22nd, 2015 - Posted In: Money-savers

Do you only see bare branches and a muddy lawn when you look out of the window? When there isn’t much to look at, Sunday Telegraph gardening writer Francine Raymond makes it work with pots and containers. Style…

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Fascinating lunar & biodynamic tactics that can help your garden grow

By Alexandra Campbell February 15th, 2015 - Posted In: Practical tips and tricks

I’d always thought of lunar and biodynamic gardening as a bit complicated and fringe-y. Insofar as I thought of it at all – usually only when I bought the nicest packets of salad at the…

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Easy, effective plant colour combos for your 2015 garden…

By Alexandra Campbell February 8th, 2015 - Posted In: Life & style

While we’re all thumbing through our seed catalogues and being tempted by online sales, I thought I’d look back at some of the easiest and best colour combinations I saw last year…and I’ve asked some great…

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Marriage and February gardens have more in common than you think

By Alexandra Campbell February 1st, 2015 - Posted In: Life & style

At this time of year, the commonest gardening phrase is ‘there’s nothing to look at in the garden’. But I have an elderly dog. I spend a lot of time looking into gardens while he minutely…

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Why hydrangeas are the 51st shade of grey….

By Alexandra Campbell January 25th, 2015 - Posted In: Life & style

I’ve always suspected that I’m not supposed to like hydrangeas. A bit too much like the late Queen Mother’s hats for real chic. But, like Christian Grey and salt caramel chocolate, hydrangeas are irresistible –…

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How To Garden With A Bad Back – Even If You Can’t Put Your Socks On Without Screaming

By Alexandra Campbell January 18th, 2015 - Posted In: Practical tips and tricks

This is a very personal approach to gardening with a bad back. It’s not ground-breaking and may not work for everyone. And you may already know lots of better ways – which case, please do…

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Why Old Gardening Books Are The Secret Ingredient

By Alexandra Campbell January 11th, 2015 - Posted In: Life & style

I’ve been having a clear-out of old gardening books. Or rather, I haven’t. I’ve been re-discovering what they have to offer. It seems a shame that gardening book reviews are for new books, because the…

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