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

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

Dr chris Thorogood and Perfectly Peculiar Plants at the Oxford Botanic Gardens

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

What are the risks when you blog for money?

What you need to know if you blog for money #blogging

Do you blog, vlog or podcast for money? And if so, are you doing it legally? Or are you risking your blog being removed from Google listings? Perhaps you get…

October 7th, 2018 - Writing & blogging help

Which garden tree is absolutely perfect for you?

Autumn colour trees

How to choose the right garden tree? I think we all dither over this because trees seem like such a big purchase. More like buying a sofa than buying a…

September 30th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how

Do you make these September garden mistakes?

Dahlia 'Con Amore' in the September garden

I sense that the September garden isn't anyone's favourite. Vita Sackville-West abandoned Sissinghurst for the Mediterranean in September. Alan Titchmarsh refers to 'the depths of September and October'. There's a…

September 23rd, 2018 - Gardening know how, Town gardens

The top 2019 garden trends from GLEE

The urban garden is top of the 2019 garden trends

What do the 2019 garden trends mean for your garden? I've just visited Glee, the horticultural trades show in Birmingham. The future is looking good for us 'middle-sized' gardeners. [caption…

September 16th, 2018 - Garden trends & design

The best professional tips for late summer garden colour

Exotic colours and shapes - persicaria at the Salutation

Have you run out of gardening steam by the time you get to the late summer garden? I know I do, which is why it's so inspiring to visit a…

September 9th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

No dig flower borders

I've always wondered about 'no dig flower borders' for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg…

September 2nd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco