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

Win a handmade Oak & Rope Seed Packet Tidy worth £65!

Win an Oak & Rope Seed Packet Tidy

I've been given an oak 'Seed Packet Tidy' by The Oak & Rope Company. And I liked it so much I asked the company to give you one, too. [caption…

April 27th, 2017 - Prize draws & competitions

Orchid care – how to stop feeling guilty and love your orchid

Easy tips for orchid care

Do you feel guilty about orchid care? Have you been given a potted orchid which did look beautiful for weeks? And do you now have a sad little transparent pot…

April 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living

10 no-time, no-money last-minute Easter decorating secrets

Easter decorating tips

I woke up to Easter decorating rather late this year. You may already have your spring door wreath, complete with succulents and quails' eggs on your door. And you may…

April 14th, 2017 - The Middlesized House

Win tickets to the Country Living Fair + discount!

Win tickets to the Country Living Fair

You could win tickets to the Country Living Fair, from 27th-30th April at Alexandra Palace, London. We're giving away four pairs of tickets, worth £36 a pair. Even if you…

April 5th, 2017 - Prize draws & competitions

How to create a brilliant exotic garden in a cool climate

Strong shapes and colours make exotic gardens look contemporary.

There's a definite trend towards the exotic garden. Or even just the exotic border. You don't have to rip your whole garden out and re-plant with banana palms - you…

April 2nd, 2017 - Garden travel

My favourite new garden tools and books

My favourite new garden tools

Garden bloggers see alot of new garden tools and books at the beginning of the gardening year. This year, garden tools are lighter and stronger than they've ever been before.…

March 26th, 2017 - Shop

What do you think about garden sculpture and ornaments?

Garden sculpture and ornaments

People with middle-sized gardens used to worry about garden sculpture and ornaments. They seemed too close to garden gnomes. As children, we loved peering into front gardens to see a…

March 19th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How much food can you grow in a small urban garden?

How to grow food in a small urban garden

Could you double or treble the amount of food you grow in your small urban garden? I visited a garden recently which packs layers of fruit, vegetables and herbs into…

March 12th, 2017 - Grow-your-own

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