Hello all, Newbie here! My partner and I moved in together just before Christmas and in the move I've gained a nice-sized little garden. It's been very, very neglected, however; I don't think the previous tenants touched it. So it's a bit of a project :D We're renting, but the landlady is lovely and happy for me to do pretty much anything short of major building work - the downside is that, while I hope to stay a few years, there's no guarantee. My last place was a cottage with a little patio garden so I mostly concentrated on pots; this is something new! The basic layout is patio against the house with an elevated "lawn" area beyond. There's a tiny pond on one side of the steps up to the grass and a little shaded paved area on the other side. The lawn is bordered on three sides by beds - the whole plot isn't quite square, much narrower at the top than the bottom. Blurry pictures to illustrate: Top of patio steps, looking left (the cream wall is the edge of the house) Top corner Looking up the garden from the patio steps The "pond" (my puddle!) To the right of the steps, opposite the pond; tiny, shadey bench The patio from the backdoor (ignore the sad Christmas tree, I'm currently putting off sawing it up) Patio from the top of the steps And, as you can see, the whole thing is a bit of a mess. The list of problems include: - The entire lefthand side is a mess of brambles and overgrowth; it sticks a good metre into the garden. I assume there was once a flowerbed underneath it but no sign of that now. - Running up the righthand side is a random strip of concrete - possibly once the base of a shed? Or a seating area? - The "lawn". It was a scraggly, overgrown mess before my hens arrived; now it is that with added fertiliser. - The puddle/pond; I've no idea if the lining is damaged, but even with the South West rain it never seems to fill... And so on, and so on. I'm looking forward to tackling it all First move is going to be hacking away all the overgrowth on the left border; hopefully an easier job now than it would be in a couple of months time. And we'll work from there!