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

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

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 get a lifetime of exuberant…

June 10th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Middlesized country, Town gardens

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

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

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 gardens', either. [caption id="attachment_8867" align="alignnone"…

May 13th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening on a budget

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

Best of 2017

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 two last minute gift suggestions…

December 17th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget

15 ways to transform your garden with upcycled junk

A shop mannequin used as garden statuary

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 you money. You'll end up…

October 1st, 2017 - Garden design, Gardening on a budget, Vintage & thrift

Easy veg growing for year-round success

Kale, salad and edible flowers harvested in April

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 ran up to flower before…

April 10th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Town gardens

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

Vintage & handmade gift ideas

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 work - like those decorative…

November 29th, 2015 - Decorations/parties, Gardening on a budget

How to save money by moving plants

Money-saving gardening tips

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 want to spend money on?…

November 22nd, 2015 - Gardening on a budget, Vintage & thrift

How to Have a Glorious Country Garden On A Tight Budget

How to create a perfect country garden

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 - there are a few clever…

July 11th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

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

Uncover the beauty in your back garden

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, too. And you can revive…

June 7th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

Easy and almost free – 10 frugal tips for great gardens

Nesting places

As I took photographs round the garden early one May morning, I realised that many of the plants and flowers I love most have also been the cheapest - or even free. So this round-up of what's…

May 10th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

How to de-clutter your garden on a budget

De-cluttering your garden

When a friend of mine decides to budget, she always starts by buying things. And it's the same with having a tidy-up. You find yourself buying greenhouses and garden sheds, and gorgeous storage thingies....so I have  been…

April 26th, 2015 - Gardening on a budget

8 really simple, cheap ways to transform your shed…

Normandy Wendy house

I've pored over shed brochures and websites. I've watched sheds on TV. I try not to brake dangerously when driving past shed companies. Anyone with a middle-sized garden will always have at least one shed.…

September 23rd, 2014 - Gardening on a budget