Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:39
Hi stinkfoot - intriguing name..
If the garden's 23 panels long it's a decent size as they're approx 6' or 1.8 metres in new money, so even though it's north facing you'll get sun at the end of it during spring to autumn.I wouldn't use a rotivator as it can make matters worse as bekkie says, so I'd use weedkiller once there's good growth on them to make it effective, and you'll probably need to do that a few times. Or you can hand weed if you feel like a good workout!
At this time of year it's usually best to wait a while as there could be lots of nice things waiting to erupt when spring comes, but you could make some plans in the meantime by making a list of what type of garden you'd like - do you want a seating area, flowery painting or mainly shrubs, trees and greenery. Do you want a greenhouse, shed, compost bin or screening from neighbours etc, and so on. Long narrow gardens benefit from being divided into sections to create separate areas too so you might want to think about some screens at various points which can be done with hedging or trellis with climbers.
Take your time planning and don't be afraid to ask for help at any point