Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:45
As a working single parent of two young children, I doubt if Donna will have much to time to use a greenhouse! I've been a single parent a long time, and it's very hard to keep on top of everyday stuff, let alone any substantial gardening, unless you have parents or relatives to help. I didn't, so I know how hard it is.
The greenhouse could be a nuisance just now rather than an asset, so it might be better to make it safe so that the children don't go in it, and save that for the future when you have more time to spend in it. I'd concentrate on getting the rest of the garden in a state where it's manageable. Maintenance alone will take up a fair bit of time. Grass can be a dripping roast. For children playing, it doesn't need much more than regular mowing, a squaring up and feed in spring, with a bit of spiking and scarifying in spring and autumn if you can be bothered.
You've made tremendous progress so far Donna. Take some time to enjoy doing nice bits, especially with your girls, so that you don't wear yourself out!