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Things I Like/Shop

This is about useful or inspirational garden stuff. I’ve bought some of it, but some is sent to me free to review. There are usually affiliate links to Amazon or other retailers, so I may get a small percentage if you buy. Everything is here because I think you’d like it too.

Gardening trousers and other useful kit

Brilliant gardening trousers and other useful kit

I had never considered buying gardening trousers. Because I work from home, I garden in short snatches and stolen moments. I didn’t think it would be worth changing trousers just…

January 6th, 2019

Posted In: Middlesized country, Shop, Town gardens


The best gardening books of 2018

The best gardening books of the year

Treat yourself to one of the best gardening books of the year. Or any one of them would make a wonderful gift. If you’re asking the question ‘why do we…

December 16th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


How to buy the best gardening gloves #gardening #gardentips

Which are the best gardening gloves?

As a garden blogger, I’m often given free gardening gloves to review. However, I also buy them, because not all gardening gloves are the same. There are very big differences…

April 29th, 2018

Posted In: Shop


New Contemporary Garden course – 10% off! Plus ‘Top 5 Hard to Kill House Plants’

Learning With Experts (formerly My Garden School) is offering Middlesized Garden readers a 10% off their New Contemporary Garden course, taught by RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth. The New Contemporary Garden…

November 30th, 2017

Posted In: Shop


Gifts for gardeners

Bloggers’ picks – the best Christmas gifts for gardeners

I’ve asked a range of leading bloggers to recommend the best gifts for gardeners. I set a price limit of under £50. And by gardeners, of course, I mean ‘anyone…

November 19th, 2017

Posted In: Shop


Reviews of The Secret Gardeners and Secret Gardens of East Anglia

Secret Gardens and Secret Gardeners…book reviews

I’ve been sent review copies of Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall & Marcus Harpur, and The Secret Gardeners by Victoria Summerley & Hugo Rittson Thomas. In fact,…

October 29th, 2017

Posted In: Shop


Monty Don 'Down to Earth' book launch

Review: Monty Don’s new book ‘Down To Earth’

Monty Don’s new book, Down to Earth, has lots of good practical advice, but it isn’t a ‘how to.’ Down to Earth is about Monty’s personal gardening philosophy, and what…

October 8th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


good children's tools

Children’s gardening – some really good and fun stuff

Children’s gardening is perennially in the news. How can we encourage the young to be interested in gardening? Should we even try? I have a theory. If we go back…

July 9th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


Good gardening things I've tried

A few of my favourite gardening things…

‘Gardening things’ may sound a bit vague, but I wanted to tell you about a few of the best things that I’ve tried recently. I’ve bought or been given some…

May 28th, 2017

Posted In: Shop


My favourite new garden tools

My favourite new garden tools and books

Garden bloggers see alot of new garden tools and books at the beginning of the gardening year. This year, garden tools are lighter and stronger than they’ve ever been before….

March 26th, 2017

Posted In: Shop


Garden gifts for Christmas

10 fascinating garden gifts we’d all love to get

Garden gifts are tricky. I don’t think any of us wants a random plant. Certainly not if we have middle-sized gardens, because there’s rarely a spare space to squeeze a…

November 27th, 2016

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


Gardening gloves and secateurs

Are gardening Black Friday deals worth it?

I hadn’t realised there were gardening Black Friday deals. I’ve been vaguely aware of Black Friday as a day when tech and gadgetry gets marked down. But I noticed that…

November 23rd, 2016

Posted In: Shop


Easy garden party ideas

Easy garden party ideas and inspiration

These are my best garden party ideas, collected over years of giving and going to garden parties. Start with coloured tablecloths and glasses. Arrange seasonal garden flowers in jam jars,…

August 7th, 2016

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Shop


Garden furniture styles for your garden

Garden furniture to love – 4 best looks

How do you choose garden furniture? Do you drift in to a garden centre and look for the offers? Or is your garden furniture an important part of your design?…

July 24th, 2016

Posted In: Shop


Garden supplies - kit that really works

The best gardening supplies – what you really need now

‘Gardening supplies’ is a funny term. It covers a whole category of extremely useful things that make gardening much easier. In the past, I used to muddle along with anything…

June 26th, 2016

Posted In: Shop


My 10 best gardening books

My 10 most useful and inspiring gardening books

Are gardening books dead? Can’t we get all the info we need free off the internet? The best gardening books are the ones you go back to again and again….

May 22nd, 2016

Posted In: Shop


How to save money and buy the best, by only buying the tools you really need.

7 essential garden tools to make your gardening life really easy

Invest in good quality versions of the 7 essential garden tools. Then build up more useful tools gradually as you find you need them. The 7 essential garden tools a…

January 24th, 2016

Posted In: Gardening know how, Shop


Cookbooks for seasonal veg and fruit

The 5 best garden cookery books

You need garden cookery books if you grow your own vegetables or buy seasonal veg. They offer lots of easy, delicious recipes to make the most of your harvest or market…

September 20th, 2015

Posted In: Shop


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