A Year in a Small Garden

A Year in a Small Garden” is a book covering my gardening adventures in my very first garden, a tiny plot of land in East Anglia. The posts on this blog written before February 2014 all refer to this garden and tie in to the book. Read the archives to learn more or get social and see the book’s Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/smallgardenbook/

About the Book

This book is a loose collection of anecdotes from a person with no prior gardening experience, who has suddenly been given the chance to turn a small and neglected back yard into his very own piece of paradise. He’s desperate, as he’s only been waiting nearly twenty years for this opportunity to arrive.

Liberally scattered throughout with beautiful images and questionable humour, this book follows the ups and downs of one budding gardener with a wheelbarrow of enthusiasm, a skip full of grim determination and a mild obsession with all things horticultural.


Everyone loves free samples and so here is an excerpt from the part of the book that deals with the perils of introducing daffodils into the garden:

Get the Book!

The book is available in the Apple iBooks Store here:


Or simply search for “A Year in a Small Garden” to find it, look for the bright yellow daisy!

Book Contents

The 250 pages of the book are broken down into these sections and chapters:



About this book

  • Collection of stories
  • Description of the garden
  • Weather and climate
  • Genuine garden photos
  • Garden Plan

Where it all Began

  • Down on the Farm
  • Digging with Granddad
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night


  • Tidying that Mess
  • Cherry Blossom
  • The Lawn Daffodils
  • Welcome the Wisteria
  • Knee Deep in a Big Pile of *
  • Spring bulbs
  • Flowering shrubs


  • The Rush of Summer
  • Germination Impossible
  • Splitting Hearts
  • Making the Cut
  • Iris of the Beholder
  • New Frontiers
  • Coming Up Roses

Dog Days

  • Annuals
  • Biennials
  • Falling for Foliage
  • Queen of Climbers
  • Bouquet Brownie Points
  • Gardening Goals


  • Autumn jobs
  • Loving the Lilies
  • Gardening Skin Deep
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Lawn Care
  • Poison plants


  • Won’t Someone Think of the Birds?
  • Christmas Break
  • Crocuses and Snowdrops
  • A Year in Flower
  • Back to the beginning

A Year in the Garden

  • Monthly pictures through the garden arches

A Good Sit-Down


  • Final extras and feedback
  • Plant List
  • Last page


  • A New Dawn

Author Contact

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Book Feedback

Please use the comments area below to send through minor quibbles or corrections. You can leave your opinions, reviews, thoughts and ratings in the iTunes Book Store page for this book. Finally, there a facebook page for the book where you can read reviews and submit your own. All constructive corrections, ratings and reviews are very welcome.

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