Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:46
An awful lot depends on how tight the budget is, doesn't it! And how much physical strength you have. I think that it has the potential to be a smashing garden, but probably not this year. The first job is to get your soil free of all that rubbish, including the tree roots and personally, I would get rid of the remaining tree, too, un!less it is a very pretty one.
Next, you could probably do with improving the soil by digging in muck and compost. If you are near stables, the owners often give away muck; near a beach you can collect and rot down seaweed and even in a city, the council may sell composted material cheaply.
The scaffolding boards sound like a great idea to make terraces and are much cheaper than sleepers. Once you get to this stage, you can start thinking about how you want it to look as a mature garden.
While you are doing all this, take time to observe how much light and sun it gets, if you get a lot of frost, whether the wind howls across the site. Look at other nearby gardens to see what grows well and what you like. Online, you can check out what plants do well in your conditions.
Many plants that cost a fortune at garden centres are sold quite reasonably in supermarkets and seeds are an economical way to raise all sorts of plants.
Before long, it will be your pride and joy!