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Post by Akuma on 11th November 2009, 8:26 pm

We're in the process of deciding if we're staying put or selling this house, I think we should stay as there's no mortage which is a huge bonus BUT I have a small northish facing garden 'bout 35ft x 30ft (bit odd triangle shape though) Anyhooo.... It's currently just grass with a shed & compost bin in the corner.

I've been ummming and ahhhhhing about what to do with it, now DS is older he doesn't play so much in the garden, prefering to be out the front with his lil' buddies. I really want to grow veg! But I dunno where to start 😕 Should I just turn the whole lot in to a veg plot or do round the edges and keep a tiny bit of grass? Or should I get a green house? or, or, or!!

I can't have chooks - tis in the deeds I think.....Hmmm I must check tonight, just in case!

So my green fingered friends, what would you do with my garden?!

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 11th November 2009, 9:41 pm

Big half-pipe and train DS to be a vert skater.
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Post by Akuma on 11th November 2009, 9:58 pm

Billy you're not far off the mark! DS would have us turn it into a mini MotoX track in the blink of an eye. If he had his way we'd have whoops and tabletops already Shocked Laughing

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Post by Lottie on 12th November 2009, 9:28 am

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Hun I think first you have to be 100% certain you're not gonna be moving in the next year..... If not, then I think I'd do a basic outline of the garden and where the sun is, and isn't! What you want to keep or not (ie shed, play stuff, barbeque etc) I personally regret leaving a large space of lawn for the kids, they all ended up playing on the green Rolling Eyes so I'm now reducing it's size, big time.. Twisted Evil

What is your soil like? What are the coniditons? Do you have frost pockets? What do you fancy eating? I'd plan before I even looked outside, but that's the sensible bit of me, the mad side, is, as we speak, digging dn hurling and planning it as I go..... Embarassed Laughing

But if you were a client, we'd be drawing shapes and planning... at the pub.... Cool Wink

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Post by Nick B on 12th November 2009, 10:21 am

Akuma I would say the same as the others have said.
Could you if you stay where you are find out about allotments? and if you could get hold of one you well may be able to have some chickens on there??
You could always grow upwards Could you not???
or rased beds. There are so many ways of growing things and to grow thing in.
Best of all have fun doing it.
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Post by Akuma on 12th November 2009, 10:51 am

Lottieeeeeee I wanna be your client so we can go to the pub!!! beer Lord know's what the garden plan would end up looking like though Shocked Laughing

Thanks for the advice though folks.....I really will sit down with hubs and thrash out a decision cos I don't want to turn the garden over and then try and sell the place!

Hmmm I'll be back and let you know what we decide!

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Post by Lottie on 13th November 2009, 11:08 am

Laughing

We could still go you know... I don't have to be booked to go to a pub. in fact point me in the right direction Cool Wink

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Post by Akuma on 13th November 2009, 12:17 pm

Decision was made this very morning Shocked

We're staying here :cheers:

2 main reasons (A) No Mortgage and (B) DS is very settled here with at least 4 good friends inthe same cul de sac. As he's an only child it seems heartless to move him at the moment, I know he'd benefit from living in a more rural environment but he'd have a very limited social life and that seems a bit selfish of us as parents.

We can grow veg, install a solid fuel stove....maybe even an aga, put up solar hot water, rainwater harvest etc without moving. It is a modern house (2004) with a small garden but making it more green will be part of the fun..... did I say that convincingly enough?! :suspect:

Soooo bring on the garden plans! Oooh and apparently I can have a green house for my birthday in March! Woooo Hooooo! :cheers:

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P.s Lottie - I would LOVE to go to the pub with you! Name the place and I'll come and see ya Very Happy

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 13th November 2009, 12:54 pm

Akuma wrote: install a solid fuel stove....maybe even an aga, .... It is a modern house (2004) with a small garden but making it more green will be part of the fun.....

installing a solid fuel stove and/or Aga is very unlikely to make a 2004 house more green, I'm afraid.
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Post by Akuma on 13th November 2009, 1:31 pm

Crying or Very sad I know hubby just told me off for that too. The stove's more a 'heart of the home' thing for me. Not, as you rightly point out, particularly green but it's just something I really miss living in a modern house.

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Post by Guest on 19th January 2010, 2:23 pm

Hows the planning going?

If the garden is north facing a wall/fence at the end will be south facing. Great place for growing all sorts.
How much shadow does the house give?
If you dig out from the back wall in say 1.5 bands, you can keep increasing the garden as you get more enthusiastic!

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