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

Brilliant low-maintenance plants for beautiful gardens

Brilliant low-maintenance plants for fuss-free 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 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how

Do you want easy compost or fast compost?

Choose the right composting method for your personality and lifestyle

Is your personality better suited to easy compost or fast compost? When I started gardening, I was confused by what appeared to be conflicting advice about compost. There seemed to…

January 13th, 2019 - Gardening know how

Brilliant gardening trousers and other useful kit

Gardening trousers and other useful kit

I had never considered buying gardening trousers. Because I work from home, I garden in short snatches and stolen moments. I didn't think it would be worth changing trousers just…

January 6th, 2019 - Middlesized country, Shop, Town gardens

The best gardening books of the year

The best gardening books of 2018

Treat yourself to one of the best gardening books of the year. Or any one of them would make a wonderful gift. If you're asking the question 'why do we…

December 16th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Shop

Zero waste Christmas decorations from the garden

Zero waste Christmas decorating ideas

Do you fancy joining me in zero waste Christmas decorating this year? My definition of 'zero waste Christmas decorations' are things found in the garden, are responsibly gathered from the…

December 2nd, 2018 - Decorations/parties

My best autumn trees for small gardens

Silver birch is a striking tree

Autumn trees are the stars in my November garden. If I didn't have trees, there would be very little to look at.  And trees improve air quality and support wildlife.…

November 25th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

Latin plant names demystified

Do you avoid using Latin names for plants? Do they seem too complicated or even unnecessary? After all, we can all have beautiful gardens without knowing the Latin names of…

November 18th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

My escape from fear to a healing garden

how to find a healing garden

Many people are now talking openly about their physical and mental challenges and how their garden or gardening has helped them.   I want to talk about my story of trauma,…

November 11th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Do you really need to do a soil test?

Find out which nutrients your soil lacks with a soil test

'So how many people in this room have done a soil test?' This question was asked by garden designer Adam Frost at a recent talk at the Painters Forstal Gardening…

November 4th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Autumn garden ideas – what works and what doesn’t

Cornus are good in autumn as well as winter

This year's autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour. [caption id="attachment_9946" align="alignnone" width="400"] The leaves of the Robinia frisia (False acacia) and the Cotinus…

October 28th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Accessible garden ideas – Mark Lane on gardens everyone can enjoy

Mark Lane and accessible garden design

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 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

Adam Frost’s top tips for your garden redesign

I asked garden designer Adam Frost  about garden redesign. Especially if you have a middlesized garden and have recently moved in. ('Recently' in garden terms can be years, as we…

October 14th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens