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Dying plants in your garden? Top tips on how to save them from the summer weather.

Is your garden full of dying plants because of this summer’s extreme heat or drought? My persicaria looks like a bowl of crisps, the Virginia creeper’s leaves are limp, the…

July 30th, 2022

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A perfect lawn with stripes

Do you really need a perfect lawn? And is it sustainable?

The perfect lawn is now a surprisingly controversial issue in gardening. Some people want a smart, green surface with no flaws. Others say that such a lawn is an ‘ecological…

July 16th, 2022

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When you deadhead plants, they put more energy into creating flowers

How to deadhead plants – the easy way to boost your garden flowers

To deadhead plants, you simply cut off dead or dying flowers. Deadheading is one of the easiest, yet most effective, gardening techniques. It’s also the best way of ensuring that…

July 9th, 2022

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Early summer gardening jobs include pruning wisteria

Early summer gardening checklist

Here is an early summer gardening checklist, followed by suggestions on how you can make this as easy as possible. Weed paths and borders Decide where you can tolerate weeds,…

May 21st, 2022

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Answers to spring gardening questions

Answers to the 5 top spring gardening questions

Here are answers to the 5 most common spring gardening questions. I prefer not to specify a month, because the trouble with ‘Gardening tips for April (or whatever month)’ is…

April 24th, 2022

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Persciaria 'Indian Summer'

5 top perennials you may not have thought of

When I was asked to name 5 top perennials by Rachel of the YouTube channel Gardening at Douenza, I decided they must be long-flowering and easy to grow. I decided…

March 24th, 2022

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Pruning hydrangeas - mopheads and lacecaps

The really easy guide to pruning hydrangeas

Confused by contradictory advice on how and when to prune hydrangeas? This post makes it easy to achieve beautiful blooms year after year.

February 19th, 2022

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Let go of perfection - some nibbled leaves are fine

Controlling slugs and snails – start NOW for summer success

How do you stop your plants from being eaten by slugs and snails? Here on the Middlesized Garden, I often interview top professional gardeners to find out what really works…

February 12th, 2022

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Late winter gardening jobs - what to do and what not to do

Late winter gardening jobs – what to do and what not to do!

Save time and effort in the garden! What to do in the garden as winter comes to an end – plus the ‘gardening jobs’ that you may not have to do after all!

January 22nd, 2022

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How to plant a tree

How to plant a tree – and what to do when a tree is planted wrong

The way you plant a tree makes a huge difference to whether it will survive. A badly planted tree won’t necessarily fail in the first year, according to award winning…

January 15th, 2022

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No dig herbaceous border

Your year in gardening jobs – what’s new and when it’s better to be traditional

Here are the key gardening jobs for the gardening year, with up to date expert advice on the best way to do them. On the Middlesized Garden I often interview…

January 9th, 2022

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Why your soil is the key to a beautiful garden

I started thinking about garden soil recently when a friend complained to me about her gardener. She’d just had a large bundle of bare root roses delivered. So she asked her…

November 27th, 2021

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