Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:10
Good advice to wait abit and let your ideas become firm before starting a major redesign but do think about installing a water butt to store water before the excess goes to the ground soak.
You could divide your garden into 3 distinct areas - the first 6 to 7 metres near the house for a terrace, table, chairs, seating for entertaining and dining outdoors; the second for grass and kids' play area and the last for a greenhouse/shed/work area/compost heaps and veggie plot using raised beds to keep it neat, easy to maintain and visually pleasing as well as productive. Alter the rpoportions to suit your needs eg 6:10:6metres.
Simple trellis panels with climbers such as clematis and/or roses will do the dividing for you and you can also place an arch to join them and further separate the areas. This gives a sense of journey and mystery too. To increase the visual width of the garden use diagonal paths and borders rather than straight lines up the middle or side.
Buld a raised bed or have a collection of pots on the terrace near the house for your herbs as they generally like good drainage and will be hardier in wet winters and handy for the kitchen.
You definitely need compost bins to recycle green kitchen and garden waste. These can be either home made or bought in according to your skills and needs. Bins can be stored out of sight but handy behind a decorative treliis or fence panel near the back door.