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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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Nesting places

Easy and almost free – 10 frugal tips for great gardens

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….

May 10th, 2015

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De-cluttering your garden

How to de-clutter your garden on a budget

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…

April 26th, 2015

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Normandy Wendy house

8 really simple, cheap ways to transform your shed…

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…

September 23rd, 2014

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seaweed as fertiliser

My top 7 gardening hacks

A ‘hack’ is a low-budget tip or trick. It may be cheat or a workaround. It’s often about money-saving – because you use something you already have, instead of going…

July 27th, 2014

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Cotinus coggyria Grace

Save time and money in the Middle-Sized Garden…

As we middle-sizers are usually short of time, money or both, I thought I’d take you round the garden at mid-summer (Open Garden time!) identifying the time and money-saving tips…

June 28th, 2014

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