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Where is the best place for the vegetable garden?

‘I’d like to know more about where you put your vegetable garden, and the utilitarian areas.’ This was a comment on the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel, after my January garden…

February 10th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own


Choosing a brick path

Garden path materials – the good, the bad and the beautiful

Garden path materials are usually a big investment, so it may be tempting to go for something cheap. But a beautiful garden path will make such a difference to your…

January 27th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Brilliant low-maintenance plants for fuss-free gardens

Brilliant low-maintenance plants for beautiful gardens

Low-maintenance plants are difficult to kill and look good in your garden for a long time. They don’t require complicated pruning or feeding regimes, and will forgive a little ignorance….

January 20th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Mark Lane and accessible garden design

Accessible garden ideas – Mark Lane on gardens everyone can enjoy

Does an accessible garden only matter to people in wheelchairs? Or to the partially sighted, or to someone with a chronic illness? What about mothers with small children, or grannies…or…

October 21st, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design


The urban garden is top of the 2019 garden trends

The top 2019 garden trends from GLEE

What do the 2019 garden trends mean for your garden? I’ve just visited Glee, the horticultural trades show in Birmingham. The future is looking good for us ‘middle-sized’ gardeners. Products…

September 16th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

August in the Middlesized Garden is a bit of a mixed bag. August has been called ‘the Sunday of summer’, and there’s a lazy, idle feeling about the garden at…

August 12th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Vintage French chairs

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

Garden seating is so much more than just a place to sit. A bench can be a focal point, work like a piece of sculpture, can punctuate a hedge or…

August 5th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


How to create an outdoor kitchen in a garden for entertaining

How to create a garden for entertaining

I’ve just visited a dramatically gorgeous garden for entertaining – and it’s also a plant-lover’s heaven. The garden belongs to Dan Cooper, who blogs about urban and coastal gardening in…

July 29th, 2018

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Why a small garden needs a big idea

Why a successful small garden needs a big idea

A small garden needs a big idea. You can let a larger garden evolve – and by ‘larger’ I mean any garden more than about 100ft long or quarter of…

July 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Add zing to your garden with a vibrant flower, such as Dahlia Fashion Monger.

How to update your garden on a budget

If you want to update your garden on a budget, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has lots of good ideas. There are, of course, the top show gardens, where the…

July 8th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget


We kept this shed makeover simple

How to upcycle and organise the shed

I’ve been meaning to organise the shed for years. It was cold, messy and full of clutter, with nowhere to put anything. So seeds and tools started to spread around…

July 1st, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Sheds/sanctuaries


Paint fences in town gardens

15 easy affordable ideas for town gardens

Do you like your town gardens beautifully designed? Or do you prefer the upcycled look? Where do you put your veg patch? It’s always fascinating to see how different town…

June 17th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens