Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:06
I agree with Pete that you should check first on any paperwork and then with immediate neighbours to try and determine whether or not you are responsible for this bit of ground.
If you can't work it out and everyone is happy for you to look after it I would do the following:
First it all looks a bit dry and there are some weeds in there so I would give it a really good soaking one evening which will make it much easier to weed and turn the soil the next day.
Next I would weed it and tidy / prune any shrubs which need attention. I'm sure if you ask some of your gardening neighbours what to do they will be pleased to give you advice and maybe even help you.
Then water well again and top with a 2" layer of compost. You could then finish it with a top layer of shingle, pebbles or slate chippings which might look quite ornamental and will help with moisture retention and weed suppression.
If you want to add any plants I would put in something low maintenance like Geranium cantabrigiense "Biokovo". This forms nice low growing, ground covering (therefore weed suppressing), spreading, semi-evergreen clumps and has very pretty pale shell-pink flowers in the summer.
Last edited: 07 May 2017 12:10:45