The Middle-Sized Garden Blog

How to turn your patio from blah to fantastic….

By Alexandra Campbell March 29th, 2015 - Posted In: Garden style & living

A recent lunch with a friend left me with Patio Envy. Or Terrace/Deck Envy, depending on what you call the area you sit in. Her terrace was no bigger than ours, and she hadn’t spent…

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How to plan your garden jobs – secrets from the potting shed of England’s most innovative garden

By Alexandra Campbell March 22nd, 2015 - Posted In: Gardening know how

What does gardening at Great Dixter have in common with my – or your – relatively small plot? Can you compare five acres worked by five expert professional gardeners, plus students, and visited by thousands of people, with a quarter of…

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How to buy plants without having an ‘out of wallet’ experience….

By Alexandra Campbell March 15th, 2015 - Posted In: Gardening know how

How often do you buy a plant you don’t have space for? Or shell out for a big trolley full of glorious colour, only to find that six weeks later there isn’t a flower to be seen?…

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8 key steps for writing a book about your home, garden or lifestyle

By Alexandra Campbell March 8th, 2015 - Posted In: Writing & blogging help

I have a book out -Upcycled Chic & Modern Hacks – co-written with stylist Liz Bauwens and photographer Simon Brown. So I thought you might be interested in how to write a non-fiction book about houses, gardens…

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

By Alexandra Campbell March 1st, 2015 - Posted In: Gardening know how

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: Gardening on a budget

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: Gardening know how

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: Garden style & living

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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