if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

Are you missing out? Why Facebook is important

Why Facebook is important

I've had so many questions about why Facebook is important in the past few months. Even those who hate social media are tentatively asking me whether I would explain a…

March 5th, 2017 - Writing & blogging help

What do you need to build a unique shed?

How to build a unique shed

This is the story of how to build a unique shed out of salvage, imagination and hard work. Garden maker Posy Gentles decided she wanted a new shed several years…

February 26th, 2017 - Garden style & living

A week in the life of a garden blogger

What does a garden blogger do?

What does a garden blogger do? Or, indeed, what does any blogger do? And, most importantly, does blogging make money? If so, how? The world wakes up in February, after…

February 19th, 2017 - Writing & blogging help

How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….

Romantic garden ideas

What is a romantic garden? Everyone will have their own definition. So with Valentine's Day looming up, I've picked out ten 'romantic garden' ideas. Just a little bit wild... A…

February 12th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Effective medicinal plants to grow in your garden

You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Until 100 years ago, we used medicinal plants to treat most illnesses. And, according to a new book, The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants, they still do in Africa, Asia and…

February 5th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Where is gardening illegal?

Is gardening illegal in New Zealand.

Gardening illegal? Surely not! But when I was recently 'researching gardening' (otherwise known as 'wasting time') online, I discovered that one of the common questions about gardening is 'where is…

January 29th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Espaliered fruit trees – the perfect solution for small spaces

How to grow espaliered fruit trees for your middle-sized garden

Espaliered fruit trees are probably the smartest trees to look at in winter, with their tailored elegance. [caption id="attachment_5755" align="alignnone" width="800"] As smart as anything from a Saville Row tailor…

January 22nd, 2017 - Gardening know how

What makes a good wildlife garden?

A perfect wildlife garden - the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham

What do you consider to be a 'wildlife garden'? Do you think it means weeds and untidiness? Or a great deal of hard work? In fact, a wildlife garden can…

January 15th, 2017 - Wildlife & eco

Is it time to change your mind about a chainsaw?

This weekend you may wish you had a chainsaw. Late winter is a good time to prune most trees,or you may still have your Christmas lying outside the back door,…

January 6th, 2017 - Gardening know how

A year of glorious gardens to visit

Heale Gardens in Wiltshire

Here are some of my favourite gardens to visit. These are taken from gardens I visited in 2016 that will also open to the public in 2017. Some are 'great…

January 1st, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to revive your Christmas table decorations with pink

Jewel pinks and purples for gorgeous Christmas table decorations

Can I tempt you with pink Christmas table decorations? We've come in from the garden this week (having cut armfuls of ivy, eucalyptus and birch twigs). And it's time to…

December 18th, 2016 - The Middlesized House

How to make a beautiful twig wreath from tree trimmings

Make a beautiful twig wreath - quick, easy and free

A twig wreath is easy, quick and stylish. And it's free, if you use your garden trimmings. Now is a good time to prune many trees, shrubs and climbers. So…

December 11th, 2016 - Garden style & living