The Middle-Sized Garden Blog

Why you can’t afford to ignore Pinterest….

By Alexandra Campbell April 19th, 2015 - Posted In: Writing & blogging help

Many people rave about Pinterest. It’s certainly great for planning and research. Now I’ve carried out a one-month experiment using Pinterest to attract readers to this blog. The results have been astonishing – I’ve had the…

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How to make a mini wildlife pond

By Alexandra Campbell April 12th, 2015 - Posted In: Gardening know how

I felt very middle-sized after watching Friday’s Gardeners World. Monty Don was explaining how to make a ‘mini’ wildlife pond. He didn’t give the exact dimensions, but judging by how it looked alongside a full-grown…

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What’s missing from your garden?

By Alexandra Campbell April 5th, 2015 - Posted In: Garden style & living

I did a strange thing this weekend. I went to the florist (Lotty’s Flowers in Faversham). But I didn’t buy flowers. I went to buy foliage. Our garden is bursting with narcissi, leucojum, primroses and…

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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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