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The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

Best of 2017

To wish you 'happy Christmas', here is 'the best of 2017' - the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favourite photographs. And there are two last minute gift suggestions…

December 17th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget

15 ways to transform your garden with upcycled junk

A shop mannequin used as garden statuary

My friend Anna has created her garden with upcycled junk. It's chic, stylish - and practically everything in it has been swapped or acquired for free. Swapping and recycling saves you money. You'll end up…

October 1st, 2017 - Garden design, Gardening on a budget, Vintage & thrift

Easy veg growing for year-round success

Kale, salad and edible flowers harvested in April

Have you been just slightly disappointed by your home-grown fruit and veg? In the last two summers, I've grown celeriac with no roots, blighted tomatoes, stunted sweetcorn and lettuces that ran up to flower before…

April 10th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Town gardens

The very best garden gifts for under £25 – or make your own!

Vintage & handmade gift ideas

If your friends or family love gardening, garden-y Christmas presents are perfect because things wear out (gloves, etc) or get lost (tools etc). But nothing's worse than gifts that don't work - like those decorative…

November 29th, 2015 - Decorations/parties, Gardening on a budget

How to save money by moving plants

Money-saving gardening tips

The time for moving plants round your garden is between October and March (deciduous). Or in October or March (evergreen). Have you got a spot in your garden that you want to spend money on?…

November 22nd, 2015 - Gardening on a budget, Vintage & thrift

How to Have a Glorious Country Garden On A Tight Budget

How to create a perfect country garden

The English country garden is a classic, beautiful garden style. But it doesn't have to be expensive. And you don't have to spend all your time working in it - there are a few clever…

July 11th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

The ‘Secret Garden’ Strategy – how to turn forgotten into fabulous

Uncover the beauty in your back garden

Was 'The Secret Garden' one of your favourite childhood books? I think there's a bit of 'secret garden' in everyone's back yard - but those neglected patches can be magical, too. And you can revive…

June 7th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

Easy and almost free – 10 frugal tips for great gardens

Nesting places

As I took photographs round the garden early one May morning, I realised that many of the plants and flowers I love most have also been the cheapest - or even free. So this round-up of what's…

May 10th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

How to de-clutter your garden on a budget

De-cluttering your garden

When a friend of mine decides to budget, she always starts by buying things. And it's the same with having a tidy-up. You find yourself buying greenhouses and garden sheds, and gorgeous storage thingies....so I have  been…

April 26th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

8 really simple, cheap ways to transform your shed…

Normandy Wendy house

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.…

September 23rd, 2014 - Gardening on a budget

My top 7 gardening hacks

seaweed as fertiliser

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…

July 27th, 2014 - Gardening on a budget

Save time and money in the Middle-Sized Garden…

Cotinus coggyria Grace

As we middle-sizers are usually short of time, money or both, I thought I'd take you round the garden at mid-summer (Open Garden time!) identifying the time and money-saving tips that have worked for me:…

June 28th, 2014 - Gardening on a budget