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Plants that spread include day lilies

Plants that spread – the key to easy, successful gardening

Plants that spread can save you so much time and money. And they’re the plants that create colour in my garden from July to the first frosts. My top 10…

August 4th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget


How to make comfrey or nettle tea for homemade fertilisers

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or nettle tea, made in a water butt Concentrated…

July 28th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco


Add zing to your garden with a vibrant flower, such as Dahlia Fashion Monger.

How to update your garden on a budget

If you want to update your garden on a budget, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has lots of good ideas. There are, of course, the top show gardens, where the…

July 8th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget


Save time and money with plants that grow themselves. 25 gorgeous self-seeding plants. #gardening

The 25 best self-seeding plants to save you time and money

Self-seeding plants are the key to gardening on automatic. The less you do, the more they grow. And they’re free. You buy one packet of seeds or one plant, and…

June 10th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Middlesized country, Town gardens


A seashell garden path is easy to lay yourself, inexpensive and eco-friendly

A seashell garden path – is it the best and most attractive option?

A seashell garden path is probably the most environmentally friendly path option you can choose. It’s relatively cheap and you can lay it yourself. And it’s not just for ‘seaside…

May 13th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening on a budget


Best of 2017

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

To wish you ‘happy Christmas’, here is ‘the best of 2017’ – the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favourite photographs. And there are…

December 17th, 2017

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget


A shop mannequin used as garden statuary

15 ways to transform your garden with upcycled junk

My friend Anna has created her garden with upcycled junk. It’s chic, stylish – and practically everything in it has been swapped or acquired for free. Swapping and recycling saves…

October 1st, 2017

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Kale, salad and edible flowers harvested in April

Easy veg growing for year-round success

Have you been just slightly disappointed by your home-grown fruit and veg? In the last two summers, I’ve grown celeriac with no roots, blighted tomatoes, stunted sweetcorn and lettuces that…

April 10th, 2016

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Town gardens


Vintage & handmade gift ideas

The very best garden gifts for under £25 – or make your own!

If your friends or family love gardening, garden-y Christmas presents are perfect because things wear out (gloves, etc) or get lost (tools etc). But nothing’s worse than gifts that don’t…

November 29th, 2015

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Gardening on a budget


Money-saving gardening tips

How to save money by moving plants

The time for moving plants round your garden is between October and March (deciduous). Or in October or March (evergreen). Have you got a spot in your garden that you…

November 22nd, 2015

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How to create a perfect country garden

How to Have a Glorious Country Garden On A Tight Budget

The English country garden is a classic, beautiful garden style. But it doesn’t have to be expensive. And you don’t have to spend all your time working in it –…

July 11th, 2015

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Uncover the beauty in your back garden

The ‘Secret Garden’ Strategy – how to turn forgotten into fabulous

Was ‘The Secret Garden’ one of your favourite childhood books? I think there’s a bit of ‘secret garden’ in everyone’s back yard – but those neglected patches can be magical,…

June 7th, 2015

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