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christine Mckinlay

Swindon

As I live in a small terraced house my garden is the size of a postage stamp. My husband is not a gardener so it's down to me. I would love to see a beautiful garden as I have four grandsons of primary school age who have nowhere to go when they come over. When I come home from work I would just like to sit in the garden on a sunny day and relax. Unfortunately I have mud and everyone seems to think my garden is a rubbish tip and have a garden full of scrapped furniture and household rubbish that needs removing.
I have never had a BBQ in my garden as my husband says that it's too small. I would like to show him that he's wrong and that family gatherings can be celebrated in our garden. I have a big family and everyone comes around to me for meals and celebrations. As I have a small house extending the space to ththe garden would be such an advantage. I have no guidance on how the space could be utilised and which shrubs work best in a small space. I have made a few mistakes in the last few years and put the wrong shrubs in and they have taken over the garden, like a palm tree. And a conifer! I had no garden just shrubs! We had some gravel down and recently took it away as it was more mud than gravel. It is now just mud. I thought I would see if I could have artificial grass, but not one company would entertain me as they said my garden was too small. As we are not competent diyers' I couldn't do the job ourselves. I would love a part of the garden or in a large planter, lots of herbs for cooking and for my grandchildren to learn how to plant and look after plants and flowers. They don't have a garden of their own either so I would love them to share the fun of growing and eating their own food. I would love to be able to cut flowers and greenery for the flowers at my church. I love flower arranging at church and have to buy them along with another friend from church. She brings in lots of greenery from her garden and I would love to be able to do the same.
Gardens like kitchens are the hub of a family, but with money being tight at the moment, my garden has had to take a back step so having the opportunity to totally transform my garden would be a dream come true.
Gardens are for sharing memories, I would love to be able to restart memories now especially with my grandsons. My family mean the world and creating a dull uninvited place into a haven with my grandsons getting stuck in would be them getting off their iPads and games console into the fresh air and getting dirty! That's got to be a plus and making them gardeners!
Christine

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