The Middle-Sized Garden Blog

How to have privacy AND light in your garden

By Alexandra Campbell October 11th, 2014

The middle-sized garden often struggles with a contradiction. We want privacy and light. Trees mask ugly views, and stop neighbours peering in. But they also shade your garden. When garden renovation expert Posy Gentles told…

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Genghis Khan’s Guide to Garden Excellence…and why bloggers need to read it

By Alexandra Campbell October 3rd, 2014

A good headline is a blogger’s secret weapon – it can increase hits on your blog by over 100%. As well as writing a garden blog, I also teach blogging to gardeners, writers, artists and…

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8 really simple, cheap ways of transforming your shed…

By Alexandra Campbell September 23rd, 2014

I’ve pored over shed brochures and websites. I’ve watched sheds on TV. I try not to brake dangerously when driving past shed companies.  Anyone with a middle-sized garden will always have at least one shed….

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How to party in the middle-sized garden

By Alexandra Campbell September 12th, 2014

The season for partying in the garden may be over. But as you plan next year’s planting, are you going to be needing flowers for a party? In middle-sized gardens, growing a cutting patch for…

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What do you do in the middle of a garden?

By Alexandra Campbell August 25th, 2014

Sometimes people Google to find out what to do with the middle of their garden. A presumably baffled Google directs them here. So I asked garden designer, Ana Sanchez-Martin of Germinate garden designers for her…

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10 ways of bringing the beach back to your garden

By Alexandra Campbell August 10th, 2014

The words ‘seaside’ and ‘garden’ are a bit of a contradiction in terms. But at this time of year, we’d all like a bit more beach in our back yard. August is not the best…

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My top 7 gardening hacks

By Alexandra Campbell July 27th, 2014

A ‘hack’ is a low-budget tip or trick. It may be cheat or a workaround. It’s often about money-saving – because you use something you already have, instead of going out to shop. Or it’s…

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What NOT to say in someone else’s garden….

By Alexandra Campbell July 6th, 2014

‘Oh, it’s so refreshing to see a garden that obviously hasn’t been designed,’ said a visitor to Emma Daniell’s garden. Emma took the remark as a compliment – it was clearly warmly meant. At least it wasn’t….. ‘Oh, I…

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