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    I think if you make a list of what you want out of the garden it will help.
    Then I'd make a list of what you'd like, and another of what you would settle for. So the most, and the least.
    Kids and dogs definately need to be considered. Having both I'm used to it. We have the trampoline. But in younger days had to have room for balls to be kicked around and bikes to be ridden.
    These days its just the trampoline and room for two kelpie's to run amok. Being on a farm we use electric tape to keep the dogs off the garden (we don't electrify it, but they know it's not friendly stuff) Otherwise you need separate areas for safety and to stop you having to yell at the kids or dogs all the time. But at the end of the day, if you have enough space, some imagination and a few nails and a pallet or two you can do almost anything over time.
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    Ah, the kiddy question. Being married at 25 it comes up often but this is one case where I suppose I will have to keep that in consideration for the future...

    Prynhawn dda VC! I do miss being in Sunny Bridgend with all its quirks but I love it here in Essex. Space for a BBQ is a must. In recent years I have been growing in raised beds which I can transfer across to almost anywhere due to the design. But the idea of having a real plot is very exciting! Not to mention its fun looking at houses, even if some of them it is more like being nosey
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    I rather like terracing in gardens. Growing on a gradient needn't be a problem. You just need to be handy at bed building/wall building. Ours is terraced with sleepers. I prefer a garden with added height and interest rather than a uniform square patch, but then that's just me.
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    If it slopes away from you, remember frost pockets form at the bottom of gradients downhill.
    If it's a new build, check there is actually soil in the garden, not just an inch of topsoil bunged over the top.
    You may have to compromise at some point, so note the pointa on which you're prepared to compromise. As in, you want a big garden so you'll put up with some shade, and trees next door, etc. Nearly everything can be overcome by a bit of lateral thinking, but keep it all in mind, or better still, write it down, or it'll all be running through your head constantly.

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    I would suggest that it has a larger rear garden than front & that you get a good arc of all day sunshine over the planned growing area (neither of which I have )
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    At the moment my list pretty much is:

    Must have atleast 2 bedrooms prefferably 3

    Must have parking

    Must have Garden for growing/relaxing

    must land within budget


    Once I have wittled that done I will make a list for the gardens before viewing what hit my original list. It may be I cant afford to be picky...quite literally!

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    The last time we moved we found the perfect garden, perfect location and perfect house - trouble was they were all in different locations! Within reason the garden can always be changed so I'd suggest concentrating on the house first.
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    No slugs or snails
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