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    Default North Facing Garden - Urgent!

    Not sure where to put this, but this is as good as any!

    We're about to make offer on a house (literally - the estate agent is ringing back any second). We saw it last night - both loved it. It's perfect in most ways except the garden is North facing, which I said I never wanted. But! it is very long and catches the sun at the lower half, and has a greenhouse etc.

    Anyone got a North facing garden? Does it bother you every time the sun's out? Would the length make up for it? I've only ever enjoyed South facing gardens, so don't know. Any comments? Thanks!

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    Nan's is north facing. It gets a lot of moss etc and always feels cold and damp near the house. She can grow veggies right down the far end.
    Over the road from us is north facing. He often sits on his front step with a beer to get a bit of sun!

    I wouldn't pick a north facing one. It was on my list of definite no's for moving.They always feel gloomy!
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    Not very scientific but my garden is S/W facing and my paddock is N facing- last year I spread my vegetables about between the two sites and didn’t really think the paddock was any worse or better? I am sure there is a definitive answer but I had no concerns erecting my poly tunnel based on last summer’s results?

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    I would never have another North facing garden. Cold, gloomy, damp & dark where it's shadowed by houses on the West side. East side isn't shaded by anything, but it only gets sun in the morning.

    Sorry!

    Our lounge is North facing, and the front garden. It's a very cold room in the winter as it never gets any sun to warm it up. I have just planted shade-lovers in the front (hellebores, anemones, foxgloves) to cheer it up a bit.
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    Hmm, tricky one this! When you say it catches the sun at the far end - is that at this time of year? Because if it is, then obviously it will be pretty sunny during the summer, when the sun is much higher in the sky. As long as you have part of the garden that always catches the sun, all year around, I'd go for it! You can take the cups of tea/glasses of chilled white down there at any time... But then it's not that you asked about is it, oops . As far as growing things go, then the amount of sunlight will limit you quite seriously I should think - there's not many things, esp. veg, that thrive without sun. Our front garden is north facing, and apart from midsummer it never gets the sun at all, so we've just left it as lawn. Anything else I've tried has failed miserably. But then, if it has a greenhouse, that's got to be a good thing, hasn't it?!

    When all's said and done, it's how happy you feel - this house hunting business is a difficult thing. I said, before we viewed our house that we're in now, that there was "no way" I'd live here (too overlooked at the back), but it's lovely really. If the house feels right I'm sure you can overcome the garden, and as I say, as long as you have sun all year round at the end, I reckon you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhona View Post
    It's perfect in most ways except the garden is North facing, which I said I never wanted. But! it is very long and catches the sun at the lower half, and has a greenhouse etc.
    Have a close look at the ground, paths and greenhouse (and roofs) for moss. That will tell you a lot about how damp & shady it is (except if the vendor is smart & has cleaned it all off)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    Have a close look at the ground, paths and greenhouse (and roofs) for moss. That will tell you a lot about how damp & shady it is (except if the vendor is smart & has cleaned it all off)
    Well I wont be putting the bread in when you come to look at my house two sheds

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    I have a north facing garden all 250' of it all me veggies are in the lower half in 5 12'x4' raised beds. In the summer there is plenty of sun, at this time of year it is a bit gloomy, but isn't it everywhere.
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