Small back garden makeover | The very beginning


A small back garden makeover is on the cards. It’s going to be a huge job but it is desperately needed. Our garden is more of a backyard. It’s not very big and it’s completely concrete. It’s fenced off on both sides and there’s a brick built wall at the end of the garden which at the moment is covered in some type of green foliage that has sprung up from nowhere. We have no plants in the garden to look after as we have a dog, who once upon a time dug up all the plants and flowers so we replaced them with stones. We’re not overlooked and don’t have much of a view (okay, we have the view of someones side wall!) so we do have privacy which a lot of gardens don’t have.

It’s kind of suited us until now as we’ve been able to have barbeques on the patio in the Summer and been able to use the patio set when it’s nice and warm for dining al fresco or enjoying some sunshine but our back garden is completely child unfriendly and is in a bit of a state. I’m desperate to do something with it so that if we have any nice weather, Little Mr can go out into our back garden and have some fun. It needs a bit of love and a whole lot of tlc.

This is how our garden looks today looking away from the house down the garden.

before 2

(Please excuse any dog mess, we haven’t had chance to clean it up this weekend) 

before1Looking up towards the house from the gate at the bottom of the garden

before 3

It’s grim, full of weeds, dog mess from the week (we pick it up every weekend as we’ve not used the garden since last Summer!) and really needs a good tidy up, a good clean and some attention.

We have an outhouse in the garden too which is full of stuff we don’t use like paints, mdf, wellies, the odd stiff paintbrush and could do with knocking down but it’s a practical space for our chest freezer and an outdoor tap. It’s full of spiders and the roof is leaking terribly so we need to do something with that this Summer too.

So there’s our back garden as it is currently. I’ll be sharing my ideas and plans for our garden makeover over the next few weeks and hopefully we’ll have made a start to clear the rubbish and get it tidied up. There’s so much I’d love to do with it, I just hope our very limited budget, skills and garden know-how can do it justice!

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  • Reply Lauren (@laurenbigeejit) 12/05/2014 at 12:42 pm

    Ooooh exciting! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. We are trying to sort out ours as well but it is difficult with limited funds. We use our Nectar points up at Homebase a lot! I am not very greenfingered so can’t offer any advice really but I do know that we are opting for plants in pots to reduce need for maintenance and also for you I guess those would be movable to allow for a growing boy and toys/slides/climbing frames etc. Good luck! x

  • Reply Donna 12/05/2014 at 12:43 pm

    Good luck! Our garden is a constant work in progress and labour of love. I hope you can turn your outdoor space into a space you love x

  • Reply Lucy Bishop 12/05/2014 at 10:28 pm

    We’re desperate to do our garden too – although its quite pretty and we’ve done bits and bobs to it, we are yet to sort out the very in-child friendly patio which has a sheer drop all the way round it down to the lawn, it will be far too dangerous for Bert to be out there – and the plan is to get it decked, with fencing & gates so that he can’t fall – but all quotes so far have been £2500-£3000 and we just don’t have the budget for that! :-( rubbish! Hoping to randomly come into some money as we love spending loads of time in our garden in the summer, and I’ll have to watch Bert like a hawk in the state it is at the moment. Good luck with yours, I can’t wait to here your ideas….! Oooh I really recommend making my outdoor wooden bunting – we’ve had ours up all over the winter and it still looks as good as new – a really fun way to brighten up the garden!

    • Reply Emma Shilton 12/05/2014 at 11:00 pm

      I LOVE that idea Lucy, how fab is that! Our garden could be a lovely space but needs a lot of hard work (and money) hopefully we can do bits and make it nice for family afternoons in the summer x

  • Reply Emma Shilton 12/05/2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you for the link Mrs B x

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