Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:50
Back garden is in two bits. Top half used to be lawn, it's now covered in a ford mk2 Escort, a ford Sierra, brambles and bindweed. It has a garage down one side, with a lean-to perspex greenhouse with a tree that's grown through the roof, it's not salvageable and OH wants to extend the garage (I've agreed as long as he stops putting cars on the 'lawn').
The bottom half has two 6x4 sheds (I think - not been able to measure them yet), in a fairly bad state of repair). Looks like the brambles started in the top half, I don't think they're going to be as bad in the bottom bit, don't think they've reached that far. There's a step about a foot down, with a small retaining wall between top & bottom bit.
The grand plan is to replace the sheds (or repair them,) and add one for me as a potting shed, plus a small greenhouse when funds allow. The top half will be traditional family garden, tough shubs, some flowers for scent & bees, and a lawned area.
The bottom half will be mine, all mine! I'm planning some raised beds down there, same size as a chicken coop (also when funds allow) and practice crop and chicken rotation (so a year where the bed will be fallow and have the chicken coop and run on it, so they can trash it, and enrich it at the same time).
All this will take a fair bit of time and money, both of which are in short supply at the moment, so my priority is getting rid of the brambles, plonking some membrane over the top bit and putting down bark chips so the LO's can play out. Also getting at least some of the bottom dug over, so I can stick crops in - fed up of paying a quid at a chuck for stringy runner beans, when I know I can grow them.
It doesn't help that it's not our house - was Father-in-Law's house, who was a hoarder, so house needs gutting and redecorating. So I can't just nip out and spray glyphosate for 10 minutes. The house is only over the road and down two doors, but I can't leave a boisterous 4 year old and very nearly 2 year old for even 5 minutes - even going to the loo I risk WW3 breaking out
Think I'm going to have to be ebay and car boot queen for the next 6 months, maybe I'll earn enough for that greenhouse I've been hankering after!