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I think you will find nothing will grow well due to lack of light and the best Idea is tough grass and mowing with a strimmer or shears to cut the grass or artificial grass which is the best .
yes ,I heard them at the stables last week and also saw them flying.Hope that means its summer coming ,lots of sun.
I think if you leave your garden unattended it will find you those wild flowers that will grow in your garden commonly known as weeds. To grow wild flowers successfully is hard if you have not got the land as it will look a mess otherwise .
Why not ask your local gardeners or allotment owners or if each child choose a plant and bought from their local garden centre (grandparents could donate cause) the fun in choosing and dads and granpa s could try out their carpenter skills.
take a look at ford Abbey with there amazing borders and if you are near there take a visit or any open garden session to pick up ideas .
I would t worry myself but if you do ,My mother would dig up the ants eggs and feed the fish and pour boiling water on the nest ,quick no chemicals ,but really unless they are causing a real problem leave them be.
most likely it needs a bit of a prune,
I take old wood cuttings and in the autumn.
enjoy there company ,one day they will help eat those pests.
you need to find a book on the subject that's the best thing to do .