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23/06/2013 at 16:30

 this is my daughters (alex) new house and garden . and ideas folks we .plan to regrass the top and deck the lower garden area.

23/06/2013 at 17:13

Doesn't sound like she's a keen gardener (yet) is she quite young?  I'm guessing that she will be keener on the space for entertaining and relaxing than to say, grow rare orchids!  In which case I'd say a built in barbecue, nice easy things in pots and a raised bed with climbers to break up the fence.  She will also need horrible things like a rotary dryer and bin store ...

23/06/2013 at 17:28

I'd be desperate to cover all that fencing with climbers asap and stick a couple of hardy shrubs in

23/06/2013 at 17:50

the fence has been painted the (grass) strimmed and limestone removed sara 4... you got in one .thats what she wants pots raised bed for a few veg  climbers om the fence. bar b que and clay oven . bins will be at the side of the house.

23/06/2013 at 17:56

Looks like some hard work is coming your daughters way but if it's a first garden, what a good size.

It's always nice to start with a blank canvas. Decking is very popular but needs maintaining and can get slimy and slippy in wet weather and we've had plenty of that recently. I suggest flagging the area near to the house. If budget allows go with decking, with a glass canopy over it. This means with table and chairs, the garden can be enjoyed come rain or shine, throughout the seasons and becomes an extra room.  

Is your daughter a keen gardener, have children, does she want a low maintenance garden, would she consider growing fruit and veg? A herb bed is a must for anyone who likes cooking.   


23/06/2013 at 18:07

Good idea about a canopy of some sort zoomer, even a pergola with a corrugated plastic roof makes the space more useable given our weather, and gives you something extra to grow climbers up.  Archie don't forget to get power to the shed fridge - she'll need to keep the beer cool ...

23/06/2013 at 18:26

 my daughter is keen to learn as is the son in law . but granpas doing most of the graft  at the moment  had  a week off . oh and we have cleared the front garden as well . thanks for your thoughts .

23/06/2013 at 18:27

I did a makeover on my daughter's very narrow 2 1/2m wide garden a few years ago. It's grown a lot more now with bushier plants and roses on the arch.

 My daughter's garden is very shady especially on the left. I removed all the grass and weeds, dug it, added compost and organic fertiliser and re-sowed the grass. I made a zig-zag path to make it wider - but your daughter's garden is wider. You don't state the aspect or type of soil, which would be good to know when planning.

23/06/2013 at 18:28

Here is the before pic. I had sent it but it's vanished!


23/06/2013 at 18:39

Archie you and Alex have done a lot of work already, we'll look forward to seeing the after pictures.  Really good idea with the zig zag path Busy Lizzie - goes to show what can be done.

23/06/2013 at 18:48

BL, as someone who has just moved from a tiny terraced yard that is a triumph!!!

Archie & Alex, how lovely to have family who will help with the hard work, and hopefully be able to enjoy sitting out there with everyone to enjoy it 

I second a roof of some sort - I love sitting out in a sheltered corner with a good book when it's raining - it's a sort of magic 

23/06/2013 at 18:56


the garage is be made in to  a rain  shelter . taking the side out and puting in two relcalimed pillers 

23/06/2013 at 19:15

Archiepem good job done there. Just wondered is it a watering can job or hosepipe? Wanted to check daughter has an outside tap/ water butt. 

23/06/2013 at 19:17

Archiepem - brilliant idea 

23/06/2013 at 19:21

water butt in place at back of garage

23/06/2013 at 19:24

04/08/2013 at 19:56

 pallets resting on bricks . treated with sump oil . cost £95

04/08/2013 at 19:59

BL - WOW!  That looks sooo lovely.  Well done you.

04/08/2013 at 20:43

thanks tootles . having a few beers for my backache

05/08/2013 at 18:38

still got the backache

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