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Hi all, I just thought I would introduce myself as I'm hoping to be using this forum quite a bit in the coming months! I'm a 33 year old with a wife and 2 kids, we were previously living in a house with just a small back yard, but have 2 young kids aged 1 and 4 and so wanted a nice big garden for the kids....as well as myself!

I did have an allotment for a year previously but could not put in the hours as I work opposite shifts to my Mrs most days and with the kids being too young to help (not so much the 4 year old as he loves gardening and planting seeds and digging!) I felt guilty staying on the allotment too long with our 1 year old in the pram and then felt bad for not being able to stay long enough to get lots of work done on my plot!

Fortunately we have been able to move house and now have a large back garden with a greenhouse, I have spent the last couple of weeks putting some raised beds in and with help from my parents the garden is starting to take shape, I just need to get a load of top soil/compost to fill the 3 large raised beds with. 

The aim is to use the 3 raised beds as vegetable patches as our 4 year old really enjoyed going to the allotment as did I and so we can hopefully grow some nice vegetables and get out and use the garden as much as possible. 

I'm growing all sorts in the greenhouse and getting some veg started for planting out. I'll attach some pictures at the bottom of the page, I'm very much a newbie when it comes to experience with gardening although the last couple of years whilst I've been itching to move I have tried to do a bit of research on gardening for when we did finally move! Anyway I'll be reading through the posts on here for some more practical advice and will most likely be asking lots of questions this year on this forum so thankyou all in advance for any help given! I will hopefully post some updates on how the vegetables/garden is coming along throughout the year if anyone is interested! 

Nice to meet you all!

Peter. 

PS. The first picture is a 'before' picture. I quite liked the look of the plant in the middle hence why I put the raised bed around it ( i think it's a Camellia) 


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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,364
    Hi and welcome.
    Lots of potential in that garden.
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  • koyukanokoyukano Posts: 72
    I'm not sure how to edit the posts, but behind the two benches are a Spartan apple tree and a Fiesta apple tree which we have planted (M26 rootstock) which I think will be quite nice to sit under when they start to grow a bit more. 

    Also looking the garden is East face with the fance to the left receiving sun shine all day so I thought the apples might benefit being planted near to that. 
  • koyukanokoyukano Posts: 72
    punkdoc said:
    Hi and welcome.
    Lots of potential in that garden.
    Thanks Punkdoc, looking forward to getting out and getting on with it! Weather has been terrible last 3 weeks (although this week was not as bad) so has been difficult finding the time to get the work done. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,945
    Welcome to the site Peter,  lovely introduction.
    Nice to have an almost blank canvas to put your plans too. Lots of potential, nice high fences to make it private.
    1st thing will be to teach your children that they must not pick and eat anything, they learn very quickly.
    That plant does look like a Camelia has it got buds on now? 

    Looking forward to seeing your planting plans and ideas. 
    Any questions, just ask.  You’ll get 50 different answers but can take an in between😀


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  • BiljeBilje Posts: 670
    Hello, lovely garden...where abouts are you or rather the garden..
  • koyukanokoyukano Posts: 72
    edited March 2020
    Lyn said:
    Welcome to the site Peter,  lovely introduction.
    Nice to have an almost blank canvas to put your plans too. Lots of potential, nice high fences to make it private.
    1st thing will be to teach your children that they must not pick and eat anything, they learn very quickly.
    That plant does look like a Camelia has it got buds on now? 

    Looking forward to seeing your planting plans and ideas. 
    Any questions, just ask.  You’ll get 50 different answers but can take an in between😀


    The more variety of ideas the better, I spent about half an hour talking to my dad about what the different things I could do with the remaing 2 sleepers, a sand pit for the kids won in the end but the more ideas people off the better in general I find. 

    It's a lovely garden, it's mostly very quiet and peaceful, however once every 10 minutes we see a train fly past as the bottom of the garden is a trainline! To be honest this does not bother us, the trains are gone in about 10 seconds and they are quite pleasant to watch go by and are not too noisy. 

    As for eating things, Leo our 4 year old loves planting the seeds etc but we have to coax him into eating the veg with the promise the will give him big muscles (good for his aim of being a superhero when he is older)  :D 

    As for the Camelia, yes it has lots of buds on, they are almost all closed but are just starting to open, one is half open and is a lovely red colour. 
  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,801
    edited March 2020
    Welcome to the forum, Peter :smile:
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,692
    Welcome on board.
    We LOVE before/after photos. 
    Keep up the good work. 
    Devon.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Good to ‘meet’ you 😊 
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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,249
    Welcome @koyukano . People on here are very helpful and no question is too basic to ask, we can't know everything, so ask away.😁 
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