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How to root prune your plants in pots – and why it matters

How to root prune your plants in pots – and why it matters

March 24th, 2019 Posted In: Container gardening, Gardening know how


‘Give it a root prune every two or three years.’ I was given this advice when I bought my beloved topiary spiral. It is the most significant plant in my…

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Garden photography tips for technophobes. #gardens #gardenphotography

How to improve your garden photography even if you hate tech…

Garden photography and video is now important to almost any garden lover. If you’re on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or you have a blog or a garden-related business, then the…

March 17th, 2019

Posted In: Writing & blogging help


Stone or brick garden ponds for contemporary gardens

11 ideas from the best garden ponds I’ve seen

I’ve seen some beautiful garden ponds in both public and private gardens over the past few years. A garden pond is more than just ornamental – it’s key to sustaining…

March 10th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Combine blue foliage and white stone sculpture #gardendesign

7 garden design ideas from four private gardens

Here are garden design ideas from four really beautiful private gardens, none of which are ever open to the public. They are in Southern Australia, an hour or so from…

March 3rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design


How to choose and grow cannas

Everything you need to know about growing cannas

Cannas are one of the most tropical-looking plants. They tap into today’s trend towards exotic gardens. But they can be grown in quite temperate climates. I asked Stephen Ryan, Australian…

February 24th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens


Annual weeds

An easy tip for weeding without chemicals

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…

February 17th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


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