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Alexandra Campbell, My Garden (ME13)

Styles: Allotment or vegetable plot, Formal, Organic, Suburban

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moisture-retentive

Soil pH: Neutral

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3)

Our garden was walled in 1781, and we have plans from Victorian times showing that it was laid to flowers and lawn on one side, and vegetables on the other. Since then the house has been divided, and part of the vegetable plot now belongs to the semi-detached cottage at the side of us. But we still have most of the garden, and have divided it into three open areas: a formal 'parterre' to reflect the double-fronted and geometric architecture of the house, an open lawn at the back, and some raised vegetable plots, which are out of sight from the house, but not fenced off. When we bought the house, the garden sloped gently upwards, but we've had it terraced - easier to mow, and, once again, we felt it matched the geometry of the house. We have one huge 'colour' bed which is filled with bulbs, some herbaceous perennials and then masses of burgundy and orange dahlias.

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Alexandra Campbell

Alexandra Campbell

About me
I'm a writer, author and amateur gardener - I try to garden with few chemicals, but am not quite organic, I also try to plant for the birds and the bees, and I love colour in gardens. I started my blog www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk because the gardening in smart town courtyards or grand country gardens doesn't always scale up or down for middle-sized gardens. So I'm always looking for plants, designs, tips and inspiration that work for us middle-sizers. Oh, and I try to grow lots of veg, but the past few years have been disappointing - hope to find out why.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Having at least three proper qualified garden designers photograph my autumn colour in the main big bed with what sounds like genuine pleasure?

Biggest gardening frustrations
The borders along the back of the wall - I just can't get them right. And the veg has been disappointing for the past few years.

The gardening project I am currently working on
The whole garden is a work in progress, but I am going to experiment with 'no-dig' veg.


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