Last updated: 17/05/17.
Alison Levey, the author of The Blackberry Garden, has a rather philosophical take on gardening, in that she believes gardening teaches us patience and careful watchfulness. For Alison it is not just a hobby, it’s a daily devotion. Even though she claims to be no expert, she does declare herself to be an obsessional gardener!
2. Veg Plotting
Veg Plotting is authored by Michelle Chapman who offers interesting stories about her garden and allotment as well as covering her travels to France, Little Venice, and around her home town of Chippenham, sharing beautiful photos of various gardens across the country and beyond.
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Helen Johnstone is a plant obsessive who loves nothing more than gardening. Her garden is far from ordinary and in fact looks more like a horticultural paradise. Helen uses her blog to document the development of her garden, her visits to gardening festivals, as well as sharing beautiful pictures of nature.
Catherine is a mum, wife, writer and a fan of wellies. She loves exploring, growing things, and uses her blog as a platform to share ideas, like what to plant in May, useful tools to use like grass trimmers, and cage plant protectors. However, Catherine’s blog isn’t just about gardening as she often shares tips for making the most of busy family life.
5. The Frustrated Gardener
Dan Cooper comes from a long line of gardeners. His grandparents were avid gardeners and imparted much of their wisdom to him. According to Dan, his childhood was defined by plants, experimenting with seeds and tending to his parents’ garden, and by the age of fourteen he had acquired a greenhouse. Dan started his blog in 2012 and uses it to talk about his two tropical garden plots, one which is by the seaside in Broadstairs, Kent and another in Highgate, London.
6. Vertical Veg
Vertical Veg was founded in 2010 by Mark Ridsdill Smith because he wanted to inspire and support others to grow food in the city. Challenging common preconceptions, Mark believes that you do not need a garden to grow food and that it is accessible to everyone. Using his extensive knowledge Mark’s blog features informative posts like harvesting the bounty, how to grow chillies in containers and how to grow oyster mushrooms at home.
Alexandra Campbell wrote her first novel on her father’s typewriter. Since then she has gone on to write 9 novels and 10 non-fiction books. As the title would suggest, The Middle-Sized Garden fills a niche in the market by offering gardening tips to people who have middle-sized gardens. Drawing on her skills as a writer Alexandra uses her blog to cover everything from how to use a garden fertiliser, growing vegetables, and how to improve your pruning.
Authored by Stephanie Donaldson, who was the Gardens Editor of Country Living Magazine for sixteen years, the Enduring Gardener is an essential blog for gardening enthusiasts. The blog features articles like 10 tips for using metals in the garden, how to make a succulent wall planter, and how to grow asparagus.
Authored by Rich Hood and Nick Moyle, Two Thirsty Gardeners offers practical tips on gardening. The pair started working together in 2008 when they began making their own cider. Their blog is a vital resource to those seeking to find a solution to problems such as destructive weeds, unexplained yeast infections and slugs. They also offer creative advice such as how to produce fresh vegetable harvest and turning some of the fruits of their labour into alcohol.
10. Real Men Sow
Praised by the Guardian and the Daily Mail, Jono Stevens blog, Real Men Sow, has won critical acclaim. Jono’s journey into gardening started when he took on a redundant allotment plot and started using it as a space to grow his own food. Although he gave up his allotment some years ago he still concentrates on growing fruit and veg in his back garden.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these gardening blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.