#317: How to Perfect Your Mid Sized Garden with Mid Sized Garden Journalist, Author, Blogger & Expert Alexandra Campbell
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with mid sized garden expert Alexandra Campbell. Alexandra is going to fill us in on some great tips, tricks and ideas that can make your mid sized garden really pop.
She'll fill us in on what is a measurable size of a mid sized garden, how mid sized gardens differ from small and large gardens, she'll tell us about the importance of a focal point in a mid sized garden as well as some recycling tips.
From there she'll tell us about her adventures of writing about private gardens and what mid sized gardeners are doing in their gardens that aren't open to the public.
About this week's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Alexandra Campbell
Iím Alexandra Campbell, an author, journalist and blogger. I coach writers. I also teach blogging and writing, in workshops or one-to-one. And I love gardening.
I wrote my first published article on my fatherís ancient vintage typewriter. It was a finalist in the Catherine Pakenham Award. Iíve been a writer ever since, working or writing for titles such as Good Housekeeping, Harpers & Queen, the Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and lots more.
Iíve written nine novels, published by Penguin and Little Brown. If you enjoy reading psychological dramas, then do try Sisters in Law, my novel about three sisters-in-law who compete with each other, but donít realise that the real threat is someone quite different. Lovers & Liars is about the little lies that everyone tells, which are so often the start of something more serious.
The Empty Nesters uncovers the destabilising effect of your children leaving home. And The Inheritance shows how you never really know your family until there is something to fight over.
And Iíve co-authored 10 non-fiction books, (with stylist Liz Bauwens,designers Nina Campbell and Kelly Hoppen and entrepreneur Anita Roddick.) The most recent is Upcycled Chic & Modern Hacks, which shows you how to make second-hand and modern furniture looks chic and unique.
If you love rootling through junk shops, car boot fairs and markets, then Fleamarket Chic, also co-authored with Liz Bauwens and Simon Brown, will show you thrifty ways of creating a stylish home.
Middle-sized gardens have particular needs. The lawn is not quite big enough for a ride-on mower. But it does take over an hour to mow. You may have room for a shed or a greenhouse, but not both. And re-stocking a border can be an expensive business.
Going round an inspiring garden is one of my favourite weekend activities. But great gardens have the space to be experimental or to have Ďswathesí of things. Grand gardens have vistas Ė check out the Ďvistasí at Highgrove if you ever get a chance. Every time you look up your eye is drawn to topiarised hole cut in a hedge, a statue, a plinth or a view.
But a middle-sized garden doesnít usually have a drive. Vistas and views tend to be of next doorís garage.
A middle-sized garden can be expensive and time-consuming. You need more manure, plants and hands-on help than you do in tiny courtyard gardens, but youíre still limited on space. Iím not the sort of person who can make my own poly-tunnel from discarded plastic packaging. My money-saving tips need to be easier than that.
So I started this blog to share tips and inspiration on how to create a gorgeous garden, while saving time and money. I also try to follow environmentally-conscious and wild-life friendly gardening policies, although I usually crack when it comes to lily-beetle.