How to make the most out of a small family garden | Collaboration

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When we moved into our house just over 6 years ago one of the first things we got to work on was the garden. Our garden is quite small, and it used to be totally concreated and paving slabbed with not a blade of grass in sight. We knew we wanted a greener garden and we also knew that we would eventually have a family so we needed to think about the best way to utilise our small garden.

The first thing we focused on way the overall design of the garden. There was already a small decked area at the back, so we decided to keep this and add the shed to the side at the back. This meant that we would have ample storage for all the garden toys and items that we would accumulate but also meant that the shed would be out the way and wouldn’t impact the already restricted space in the garden. We also decided to create a small play area that we covered with bark chippings. A couple of years ago my parents brought Pickle a wonderful playhouse on stilts with a slide which we placed over the bark area. This worked well as there was storage space underneath the house and the house fitted perfectly into the space. The final thing we planned was to turf the rest of the garden and create flower beds down each side to finish the garden off.

We spent a lot of time researching what plants would be suitable in our garden. We wanted plants that were low maintenance as neither hubby or I are partially good at gardening. We also made sure that we researched which plants would e suitable to have around children and dogs as some plants can be poisonous or dangerous. It look at lot of research but we finally settled on some basic bushes and some pansy's that we replace each year as they don’t get through winter most years.

Overall, it took a lot of planning and research to make sure our small garden was maximised to suit our growing family. When I was contacted recently and told about a brand new e-book that focuses on design tips for your garden such as certain pots and plants which are easy to maintain, going in depth around what plants to avoid as they can be poisonous or cause irritation, I knew I had to share it! Grasslands created this eBook and just wish they had done it a few years ago as it would have been perfect for us when we undertook our renovation. Although, even though our garden is all done, I’ve still taken a few tips that I can use to make our garden even better.

So, how do you make the most out of your garden if it’s small or huge? Let me know in the comments.

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