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Help my garden is a mess. It keeps overgrown. It's bump. I've never done gardening in my life and would love to be able to make it nice.

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I know I need to move the rubbish. Like what equipment will I need
Please judgement I have anxiety and depression and it was left like this before we moved in
 
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Start by picking up the rubbish and putting it in the bin, that's pretty obvious, but it will make it look a lot better instantly, then you have to decide what you want from it. Apart from the bush in the corner it looks as though it is all grass or concrete. The simplest way would be to keep it like that, a small electric mower would cope with that amount of grass and be the cheapest option, going over it with a wire rake will improve the grass in time, there are grass seed /compost mixes you could add in Spring to help that.
If you want flower beds, or to grow veg, initially you can get by with a spade and a small hand fork and trowel set. The cheapest spade will not be too much different from an expensive one, but on the fork and trowel set look at how the handle is joined to the blade, that is often a weak point. To make a bed dig out a cube of turf and turn it over, the grass will rot underneath and fertilise the soil some. If you do it now when you come to plant stuff in a couple of months you will find the winter weather has broken down the surface for you a bit.
If you don't know what the bush is it might pay to leave it a bit to see if it is something nice.
Take account of the orientation of the garden and where gets sunlight or is in shade, sunny spots are generally better, but there are plants that love shade too.
Positives, you have good fences by the look of it, that can save you a lot of expense and work and provide good shelter, it is not so huge as to be overwhelming, you have joined a community where you can share your achievements and get ongoing advice and encouragement.
All the best, there can be real joy in seeing things develop and grow.
 
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Thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely get rid of the rubbish. It's all uneven the patch of grass so I get that wire rake. We have a lawnmower I've just never used it . I would love to do flower bed with my kid just for a project and for the garden to look nice and not a mess. I have a small trowel set. This had just weeds all last year that patch and I tried to dig them out. I am completely new to this. Would love to get better and take good care
 
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My guess is that with a kid you are walking about a fair bit, keep an eye on other people's gardens, see what they are growing and what does well locally. Quite often if you stop and look at a nice garden I have found you can get into a conversation, gardeners tend to be reasonably friendly. People with nice gardens have got a certain amount of knowledge, and enjoy their work being appreciated, if you are lucky they may even have the occasional cutting or a few spare seeds.
This is mainly the time of year to think about it and plan, in February is really the earliest you can start most seeds on the windowsill. Don't plant too much of things, that is a really common error for beginners. I can't remember if it was poundland or poundshop, but one of them I found packets of five different seeds, but just a few of each, and they worked alright. Buy a full packet of seed and it can be £2.50 or more, okay you get a lot of seeds, but who needs 2,000 lettuces? Put left over seeds in a tupperware type box somewhere cool and most things are good for next year as well, but now we are getting ahead of ourselves :)
 
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Definitely. Well this morning it's not much but I've cleared up the rubbish from the patch of grass I've got.
 

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The close up seems to show that there is a strip along the side that is not grass , but weeds where it was previously cultivated. It would be a good idea to turn that over with a spade and bury the weeds before they have a chance to flower. If it has been cultivated before it might not be too hard. Does it get the sun there?
It already looks better.
 
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I think it's already rooted as it was all weeds next year. I get in to getting a spade and start digging it all up. I took the thorns out the tree today. Then we had 6 birds in it my other half video. Tommrow hopefully tackling weeds. Thanks for your help again.
 
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I took the thorns out the tree today.
I take it those were blackberry brambles, if they are not cut well below the root/stem junction they will come back. Sometimes it can be quite hard getting under, especially when they grow out of a crack in a wall or fence, but it is well worth it, they come back with a vengeance.
 
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Zooming in on the pictures I can see blackberry brambles as Oliver has mentioned, and the weed covering the ground looks like creeping buttercup. It's roots run underground and produce other shoots elsewhere. If the roots of the brambles and this weed aren't completely removed they will re-grow from the tiniest piece.
 
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What do you want your garden to look like? There are so many ways to change and develop it. Are you interested in vegetables, flower beds, lawn, shrubs and perennials, trellised vines, etc?
If you only have a visual model of what you would like, post images either taken yourself or found online.
 
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Honestly ehat i would like is a nice flower bed,maybe some perennials i wont do vegetablesas next to a main road. and bits where it just. grass.Managable. I've been thinking where the fencer is is like a flower bed. Though unsure if that would work and then do a few different colours flowers. I've never through of looking imaged I have a one in mine. Am the kinda love the picket fence and flowers
 
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Yes, it is a simple, straight-forward space to plan out. Under and around that large deciduous shrub you could plant a variety of shade plants and woodland bulbs The borders along the fences are indeed an appropriate place for flowering plants. Start with a framework of low shrubs and perennials, and then enhance with bulbs, herbs, and seasonal annuals. Be creative as there are near-endless intriguing combinations. Unless you really want a lawn consider more beds in the center. A garden with wide beds and narrow paths between them will offer the most space for planting. Also do take advantage of the vertical space on fences by using vines, espaliers, or wall planters.

If you do want a lawn in the center don't fuss with a formal lawn entirely of grass. For less labor and cost you can get more beauty and ecological benefit form a small patch of meadow, with either low-mow, high-mow or even no-mow. A lawn overtaken by bulbs in Spring is particularly fine. Next Fall indulge in a bulk sack of Spring bulbs: Crocus, Hyacinthus, Hyacinthoides, Narcissus, Muscari, etc.
 
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Thank you so much for your input, I've been looking up the different flower, perninal and bushes. So next week I think I need a spade and to dig though the garden to start a fresh hopefully get those peso weeds out. I don't really want to use chemicals as we have a cat that goes into the garden/yard alot. I like these to Flowers so I think I try these I love purple and orange so maybe a theme and then add more colours. Just trying to figure out compost and everything there so much choice am on a budget but just doing little bit of a time.
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I have orange lilies like the one in your top picture .in a pot, they bloom for a short period and it means I can stand them out of the way while they are boring most of the year. Think about marigolds, they come in various shades, are easy to grow, and last well.

Marck is right about Autumn being the time to plant bulbs, but I have got away with planting tulips this time of year when I forgot to put them in for a contract one year. If you are on a tight budget it might be worth looking to see if there is a garden society around your way, people who are into gardens often grow on cuttings and collect seed, a good source for free plants. I gave my daughter orange lilies, a box bush, tomato seedlings and aqualegia plants last year, probably more if I could remember.

I am vulnerable, so don't get out much, but poundland should have their garden section back after Christmas soon if not already, their plackets of five different lots of seed for a pound are good value.
 
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Its never to early to talk about healthy, fertile soil. As you garden was allowed to grow with weeds for x number of years, the soil has actually improved with time. Now, if you tear up all your weeds and dispose of them offsite, you will be taking the first step towards making your soil worse.

Instead of removal, begin to add and return organic matter into the soil. Start with your weed clippings. Mulch or compost them on site. In a small garden mulch beds first, but also dedicate a spot for compost. The best place to cold compost is the paths. When you select the placement of paths 'pave' them with layers of cardboard topped with wood chips. Later you can incorporate more organic patter on the surface or buried under the chips.

This may sound to complex to bother with, but it really is the successful way forward. A beautiful garden is not just a colorful display, but a complex ecosystem. The health of the soil is one of its key foundations.
 
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Its never to early to talk about healthy, fertile soil. As you garden was allowed to grow with weeds for x number of years, the soil has actually improved with time. Now, if you tear up all your weeds and dispose of them offsite, you will be taking the first step towards making your soil worse.

Instead of removal, begin to add and return organic matter into the soil. Start with your weed clippings. Mulch or compost them on site. In a small garden mulch beds first, but also dedicate a spot for compost. The best place to cold compost is the paths. When you select the placement of paths 'pave' them with layers of cardboard topped with wood chips. Later you can incorporate more organic patter on the surface or buried under the chips.

This may sound to complex to bother with, but it really is the successful way forward. A beautiful garden is not just a colorful display, but a complex ecosystem. The health of the soil is one of its key foundations.
I still not sure which ones the weeds are, so dig and but them back I garden with compost. I've just dug out books my grandad has years ago he was good at gardening unfortunately I can't ask him anymore as he passed away. But going to look through all these. Is there a certain compost I have to use I am going to wilko on Wednesday for a spade and to look as they had gardening stuff in.
 

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I still not sure which ones the weeds are, so dig and but them back I garden with compost. I've just dug out books my grandad has years ago he was good at gardening unfortunately I can't ask him anymore as he passed away. But going to look through all these. Is there a certain compost I have to use I am going to wilko on Wednesday for a spade and to look as they had gardening stuff in.
Overall, any organic mulch will be beneficia,l but the particle size will determine its best use. Fine-particled mulches and composts will work better for immediate soil amendments and as short-term seasonal mulches. While larger textured barks and wood chips will be used for longer-term covering. If applied thickly enough they will assist with weed suppression, but if you are really trying to stop weeds get some free cardboard and lay several overlapping layers down first. Cardboard is also a organic matter and will breakdown in a year or two. Be sure to peel off the tape and other plastic first, at least as much as you are able. Cardboard can even be used alone, but in ornamental situations it is not usually considered attractive enough without other mulch over it.
 

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