if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre


While I wouldn’t call myself a wholly organic gardener, I try to garden in a sustainable and wildlife-friendly way. I find it’s easier – if you have lots of birds in your garden, they eat snails and slugs, so you don’t need to buy and use chemical solutions. You do have to be tolerant of some nibbled foliage, but if the garden is full of happy plants, you’ll hardly notice. So I’m delighted to partner with Teemill, a company that has a similar philosophy for the Middlesized Garden t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags.

The t-shirts and hoodies are so soft and easy to wear, and the tote bag is a long-lasting alternative to plastic bags. They’re all made from natural materials, manufactured with renewable energy and posted in plastic-free packaging.

Middlesized Garden hoodie

When I ordered my first sample of the Middlesized Garden hoodies, I found myself reaching for it over my usual favourite jumpers. It’s soft, cosy and really comfortable.

This page is also about useful or inspirational garden stuff. Some is sent to me free to review. Some items have affiliate links, so I may get a small percentage if you buy. Everything is here because I think you’d like it too. Find lists of my favourite garden tools, books and other garden products on The Middlesized Garden Amazon storefront.

Wheelbarrows should have a good well inflated front wheel.

Which are the most useful garden tools? You’ll be surprised….

The 5 most useful garden tools – you don’t need to buy and store lots of tools. How to choose the ones that you’ll use the most!

April 1st, 2023

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Best gardening books 2023

How to buy the right gardening book for everyone on your list

Find the best gardening book for a beginner gardener, a grow-your-own enthusiast, an eco-conscious gardener, a small space dweller and more.

November 27th, 2022

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If at first you don't succeed, plant, plant and plant again

The new Middlesized Garden t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags

Inside our homes, we can choose exactly the paint colour we want. But in the garden, nature is in charge. And working with nature rather than trying to control it…

November 4th, 2022

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Our best gazebo choice...

How to buy the best gazebo for your garden

What to look for in a pop-up gazebo, and how to pick the best gazebo for your garden. Plus how to decide whether to pay more or buy the budget version.

June 30th, 2019

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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

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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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, 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

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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

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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

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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

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