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    Good Morning Grapes,

    Sorry I have been quiet the last few months but I currently grow at my in-laws and have lost my space in their garden due to them redecorating

    Good news is I hopefully will be in a position to put an offer on a house in December/January which is very exciting! I was wondering what is the best thing to look for in a garden? I will be looking around the Essex/Suffolk boarder and have limited funds.

    Previously I have always grown in an allotment or in someone else's garden and have no idea what to look for. Growing is important to me and I do not want to be stuck in a place it is hard to grow.

    Is there any advice fellow grapes can give me?

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    As big a garden as you can buy, not overshadowed by neighbours' houses or trees but with some privacy, orientation to the sun, reasonably level, an existing greenhouse would be a bonus......
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    As VC has said. Space, orientation and light levels are all important factors. No conifers or large trees as they suck the goodness out of your soil. Happy house hunting!
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    Why not make a list of the things you've enjoyed most about gardening so far. And then make a list of the things you'd like to do. And see what you need to accomplish that.

    Myself, I don't just like to garden; I like to sit and enjoy it too. So either/or an area you can put a table and chairs, or a room at the back where you can look out onto your garden. The garden is an extra room to me. Instead of one big table and chairs I have two smaller tables and assorted chairs so I have one out the back and one out the front to catch the sun/shade according to what's needed.
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    Thanks and I am very much looking forward to the hunt! I hadnt even considered there could be an existing greenhouse at a property as I thought people would take them as they went so I will definately keep an eye open for that.

    A few gardens we have seen online, I know its not the same as in person but you have to start somewhere, are bigger but on a gradient. Is this something I should stay away from or does that not really make a difference?

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    There are slopes and there are cliffs - I have the latter and it is challenging - have a look at my blog. A gentle slope can make a garden more interesting IMO. I like changes in level but its not for everyone!
    Satellite images are great for getting an idea of a house and garden and "walk" along the road in StreetView too. You'll see what neighbours have done with theirs.
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    Being originally from Soggy South Wales I am used to a 'valley style' garden on multiple levels but my dad grew on an allotment so am not sure the best way to utilise the space.

    I also consider the garden as another room which is why I cant wait to get out of our flat and be able to enjoy the sun and grow our own food. I am just worried if I do not know what to look for I will end up with a garden which does one but not the other.

    I will have to make a list. Such a simple thing but, being a man, had never considered doing!

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    Croeso, Simon! A list is good!! Do you want to keep chooks - because that's another factor. Do you have kids or pets that need space to play? Space to entertain, BBQ, or meditate? A shed, greenhouse, conservatory - even if they're not there now, is there space for them? I could go on, and on..............
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