Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:47
If it's rented then I think the first thing to do would be to ask the landlord's permission, then there can't be any trouble later, unless you have done that already. It still belongs to him and he may not want the concrete washing line post dug up etc. If he doesn't, you may be able to grow a climber up it. If you want to dig the grass up to level the area it would then need rotovating, raking, treading, raking again then the cheapest method is to sow seed, but that takes longer than turfing. You could put down bark chips instead of grass on some of it to have as a base for a child's play area. Put down a weed supressant permeable membrane first and cover thickly with bark chippings then outdoor toys can go on it. You could put chippings on the rather ugly concrete bit, instead, for a play area and have beds for flowers at the end.
If you want some flowers you will have to dig some beds and add compost. Seeds or plug plants are the cheapest. Hardy annual seeds you just scatter on the earth according to what the packet says. Or you could put pots of flowers and some garden furniture on the concrete bit, hard to tell how big it is. If the budget runs to it it would be nice to have some trellis on the fence with some climbers. Whose fence is it?
Or, you could grow veg at the end when you've dug up the lumpy bumpy bit. Does it get sun?