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An easy tip for weeding without chemicals

An easy tip for weeding without chemicals

February 17th, 2019 Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


This is a very simple, effective way of weeding without chemicals (and almost without effort). It comes from the Abbey Physic Garden in Faversham. The Abbey Physic garden is a…

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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


How to prevent knee and back pain from gardening

How to prevent knee or back pain from gardening

Knee or back pain from gardening is probably the most frustrating thing in a garden-lover’s life. You’re longing to get out there – but as soon as you get stuck…

February 3rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how


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


Choose the right composting method for your personality and lifestyle

Do you want easy compost or fast compost?

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

Posted In: Gardening know how


Gardening trousers and other useful kit

Brilliant 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

Posted In: Middlesized country, Shop, Town gardens


The best gardening books of 2018

The best gardening books of the year

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

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


Zero waste Christmas decorating ideas

Zero waste Christmas decorations from the garden

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

Posted In: Decorations/parties


Silver birch is a striking tree

My best autumn trees for small gardens

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

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


Latin plant names demystified

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

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

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


how to find a healing garden

My escape from fear to 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

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


Find out which nutrients your soil lacks with a soil test

Do you really need to do 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

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens