The Top 10 Gardening Blog ranking was last updated 09/05/2018.
Holding on to top spot is The Blackberry Garden. When creator of the number one blog, Alison Levey, moved to her house in the East Midlands back in 2007, she saw potential in her large garden and a love of gardening developed into The Blackberry Garden in 2011. Sharing her passion through beautiful photography and the monthly changes to her garden, Alison gives inspiration to both those who are new to the hobby and to other green-fingered fans! With plenty of book and product reviews, The Blackberry Garden also shares ‘irritating plant of the month’ with readers naming and shaming the plant causing the most trouble!
Shooting up the rankings to second place is The Frustrated Gardner. Created by Dan Cooper, a self-confessed lover of plants and flowers. Dan’s love of gardening came from his grandparents from whom he learnt how to grow rhubarb and pollinate glasshouse peaches. Now with his own garden to tend for (which he describes as frustratingly small – hence the name!), Dan posts about a variety of plants, garden shows and his true love – coastal gardening.
A plant obsessive, Helen Johnstone started The Patient Gardner as a way to satisfy her love of all things horticultural. Blogging about recent garden shows and the latest flowers in bloom in her garden, Helen shares the story of her garden and her passion in The Patient Gardner, which is packed full of amazing photography. Travelling all over the world visiting gardens from San Francisco to Ireland, Helen has also worked on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has appeared on her local radio gardening show.
4. Vertical Veg
Climbing up to the fourth spot is Vertical Veg. Mark Ridsdill Smith started his blog back in 2010 to encourage people to grow their own veg, no matter how small their outside space is. With a focus on fresh food and getting the most from plants and veggies, Mark shares his best advice, from how to make supermarket herbs last longer to growing vegetables when the elements are against you. Mark also runs workshops and practical online courses to encourage more people to get growing.
Mum and avid writer, Catherine Hughes started Growing Family to share how she fits her passion for gardening around a busy family life. Normally found in a pair of wellies, Catherine shares her advice and tips on how to get the whole family involved in gardening and the great outdoors, along with product reviews for the must-have items in any keen gardener’s shed. With the whole family involved in Growing Family, this is one of the best places to get ideas for enjoying the outdoors together.
Published author and journalist Alexandra Campbell, is the face behind The Middle-Sized Garden. Alongside her love of writing, Alexandra runs her blog to help fellow gardeners who are struggling with their middle-sized gardens. Sharing her crafty ideas for the garden, along with reviews of the latest garden shows and her take on the best gardening products, Alexandra provides ideas and solutions to all budding gardeners, without it costing the earth.
Rich and Nick, the creators behind Two Thirsty Gardeners, first bonded over making their own cider from pilfered apples. Now with a successful blog charting their story as they produce their own cider from a fresh harvest, battle with pests and tackle all number of weeds, Two Thirsty Gardeners provides gardening tips with a treat at the end. The blog has grown from cider to beer reviews and recommendations, with a healthy dose of turning everyday herbs and plants into food and drink.
Originally started as an exotic gardening blog by duo Mark and Gaz, Alternative Eden set out to tell the story of their gardening adventures as they turned their garden into an exotic and tropical escape, complete with Koi pond. Covering their travels along the way, Alternative Eden documents the beautiful gardens and countryside they visit around the UK and the world. If you’re looking for inspiration to transform your garden into something a little different, Alternative Eden is the place for you.
9. Veg Plotting
Michelle Chapman created Veg Plotting back in 2007 and has been sharing tales of her allotment and her garden ever since. Always on the lookout for something a bit unusual, Veg Plotting has a wide range of ideas, from how to decorate your garden at Christmas to alternatives uses for a giant cup and saucer! Featured in The Telegraph, Reader’s Digest and The Guardian, as well as various local magazines, Veg Plotting is a great place to start if you want to experiment with your garden.
Find out more about Michelle Chapman, author of Veg Plotting, in our blogger spotlight.
Fans of veg gardening and chickens, Karen and Rich Jackson started The Garden Smallholder as a way to share their journey from owning an allotment to escaping the city life to rural Bedfordshire. With a host of grow your own guides, allotment advice and tips for keeping your own rescue chickens, The Garden Smallholder aims to prove that it’s possible to live ‘The Good Life’ for real. Packed with vibrant photographs and seasonal advice, The Garden Smallholder has everything an allotment owner could ask for.
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.