Do you have a middle-sized garden? Does it reflect your personal style? Is it a place where you can relax?
A middle-sized garden is one that feels too big when you’re weeding it.
If you’ve just got your own longed-for patch of outside space, you may be wondering what to do with it. Dig it all up or carry on maintaining a garden that was created by someone else? See our guide to the basics of gardening.
But while you’re deciding, a garden grows and grows – especially the weeds.
Fifteen years ago, I moved into a walled English town garden that measures 100ftx80ft (at its widest).
I knew nothing about gardening, but I’d been a journalist all my life. And I’d written for some of the most famous newspapers and magazines in Britain – Good Housekeeping, Harpers & Queen, The Times, the Daily Telegraph and many more.
It was my job to find experts and filter information. And to extract the elements that were important to my reader. I found out what really mattered to them and delivered information which could be used easily.
How easy is each gardening job to do? And how long does it take? Will it make the garden look good? Is it affordable and realistic? Can you fit this into a family garden or a busy life?
I’ve pulled together lists of my favourite gardening tools, books and other products on The Middlesized Garden Amazon storefront. It’s a quick and convenient way of finding out my recommendations. I’m an Amazon affiliate, which means I may get a small fee if you buy through it. See disclosure.
I’ve also put my favourite gardening saying ‘Gardeners Learn by Trowel and Error’ onto a mug, t-shirt and organic cotton tote bag. It’s to remind you not to worry about trying something new in the garden. Just enjoy it – you’ll have some wonderful unexpected successes. And, of course, there’ll be the occasional failure too, but even expert gardeners kill plants sometimes. They’re available from the Middlesized Garden Spring store.
The Middlesized Garden has now become a full-time job for me (and more!). It takes time to research, photograph, film and interview a new blog post and video every week. And success means it costs more to run the blog. My hosting package, for example, now has to support over half a million page views a month. So it costs much more than it did when the blog was small. And, although I started editing with free iMovie, I now need to use professional editing tools when editing film or photographs. And there’s more…scheduling tools, a phone with a really good camera and other equipment.
But it’s important to me that you can access information and inspiration without having to pay. Affiliate links, advertising and merchandise make that possible. If you like the products or want to support the blog and YouTube channel, then thank you!
The Middlesized Garden blog is where you’ll find all that useful information and inspiration.
And above all, I’ve discovered that the gardening world is a community. People share their knowledge generously and delight in discovering new things.
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