New to gardening/first garden

imageimageimage Hi I've just bought a Victorian garden flat and have no idea what to do with the garden. Any ideas, tips on best use of what I have. It's not large. I like the idea of trying to grow a small vegetable patch and herbs. I also want to have a little privacy as i'm overlooked on all sides. I'd also like to use for BBQs etc. any help welcome. many thanks

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,914

    Not sure how the first picture ties in with second and subsequent pics. It looks as though the structure is all there. Both herbs and veg need loads of sun so over the next few weeks work out which are the sunniest bits and allocate them to your veg. 

    Normal heights for. Boundary fences are six feet and it looks as though yours are that. The only way to give yourself more privacy would be trees or hedges and you don't really seem to have the room for that. You could build a pergola up to eight feet tall within your garden and that would give you a bit of privacy for a seating area and barbecue if you grow climbers up it. If you are down south, something like the golden hop would give you almost instant coverage - or instant in terms of gardening - about two years! Another idea for privacy would be to erect a canvas sail over your seating area. Only if you live in the warmer south - up here in Scotland it would be used as a giant umbrella! That would stop people looking down on you from upstairs windows. 

    apart from that, start looking at other people's gardens to get some idea of what type of plants you like etc, read plenty books, raid your friends gardens of plants you like, and watch all the TVs gardening shoes. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,914

    I'm pretty sure the max height of 6 foot for boundary fences includes trellis.......and these fences look 6 ft already. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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