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The Ground Beneath Your Feet

The floor in your home can have a dramatic impact on the feel of the house. We reveal how to create the effect you want Flooring can make or break the look of your home but get it right and it can reflect or dominate the personality of your room. At the moment the vogue is for real wood because it looks great, it's hardwearing and durable and it cleans easily. While it can be expensive if you have a lot of ...

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The House that Tommy Built

Some are naturals to DIY, others find it more of a struggle. But follow TOMMY WALSH'S EXCLUSIVE advice and just about anyone can be proud of their DIY! Some can, some can't, we're talking DIY here, but at one time or another most of us have given it a go or will give it a go. If you fall into the category of reluctant DIYer take heart because with a bit of help from the experts the job can become a whole lo ...

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Tommy & Charlie’s Foreword

Charlie Dimmock Foreword ’òThe days are getting longer and you can feel the sun on your back, the birds are singing in the trees and when you walk past your local garden centre, you'll notice it's blazing in colour. All of this signals it's time to get out in the garden, but not before you've done some planning and some research. What to plant, where to plant are all questions to be considered. And th ...

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Planning your Garden

Your garden can be what you want it to be. Understand what you have, get inspired ’ì then let your imagination take over When faced with a blank piece of paper and told to draw something, quite a few people feel lost as to what to do. The same can happen when trying to plan your garden. So much space, so much nothingness - what do you do with it? To turn a parcel of land into a garden to be proud of n ...

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Home Sweet Home

Regular repair work in the home is a sure-fire way to ensure it keeps its value and saves you money in the long run’. Correct any wear and tear or deterioration as it happens and spare yourself from dishing out a small fortune to put right damage that's out of control because you failed to keep up with your maintenance. Even if you can't do all the jobs yourself, you can certainly monitor what needs u ...

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Your DIY Disasters Sorted!

Diving head first into your DIY project without the proper tools and know-how is a sure-fire way of causing a yourself a big headache’ quite literally! We asked some of the worst offenders to share their (amusing) stories’. It's a fact! Hiding precariously behind closed doors of homes up and down the nation are some of the most dramatic DIY disasters ever seen! And according to the Royal Society ...

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Capability Charlie

Building a garden against the time constraints and demands of a TV show is hard enough, but when the crew make you dismantle the garden because they missed filming some of your work, you just want to scream, as CHARLIE DIMMOCK exclusively reveals! Television star Charlie started her career by training for four years as an amenity horticulturalist in Winchester and Somerset, as well as a year at the Chelsea ...

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In an English Country Garden

How does your garden grow? The answer is probably satisfactorily but for all you budding gardeners looking for a bit of extra inspiration, then Charlie Dimmock can provide the lead. This is the time of year when it all happens. A cold dry winter will have had an effect on the countryside and gardens. You bet the winter's dry,' says Charlie. My local farmer put a hedge in over the winter and has had to water ...

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A Man for all Seasons

A lucky break put TOMMY WALSH on the television but since his first appearance on BBC's Ground Force he has gone from strength to strength. As he EXCLUSIVELY reveals, he is not prepared to compromise his integrity for fame. It's one of those days in East London, the sun has disappeared behind the angry knitted brow of black clouds moving over Tommy Walsh's home. Inside, work continues on a project that goes ...

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All Around my Garden

The gardening calendar brings a whole range of duties, so if you are to enjoy the fruits of your labour, stay disciplined and keep an eye on the weather A gardener's year begins with a burst of optimism in March. This is when gardeners can sow seeds outdoors and enjoy a rich carpet of blooms from bulbs planted the previous autumn. Shrubs such as camellia and rhododendrons should be coming into bloom, as wil ...

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Gardening Tool Essentials

If you want to avoid blood, sweat and unnecessary toil, getting the right tools for the job is your first step to garden satisfaction. Hacking off a branch with a pair of blunt secateurs instead of handy shears or planting a multitude of winter bulbs with a midget-sized trowel will only lead to frustration. A few basic tools can turn backbreaking labour into a satisfying project. Labour-saving gardening ess ...

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Down to Earth

If you want success in the garden the first challenge is to know your soil If you are starting a garden in a new area or even remodelling an existing one, the first step is to familiarise yourself with the soil. An easy and revealing way is to check on your neighbours. See what type of plants flourish and which are absent - if you find a common theme it's bound to reflect on the type of natural soil. To tes ...

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Lawn Perfection

Nothing beats walking barefoot on a perfectly mowed, beautifully soft, vibrant green lawn. Achieving a perfect lawn can become an obsession. It's one of those hobbies that starts as an interest and then gradually takes up more time and, of course, equipment. But don't worry, keeping a lawn looking good doesn't mean you have to invest in a tractor-type mower costing thousands of pounds or find your spare tim ...

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BBQ Bliss

Nothing beats a good barbie There's something about eating outside with the char-grilled flavour of barbecued food drifting on the night air. Maybe it's the thrill of being outside that makes the aroma of sizzling ingredients more tantalising than usual. In Britain we are severely handicapped by the weather but more families are discovering the excitement of barbequed meats, fish and vegetables cooked in ta ...

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Charlie’s Foreword

It's been a busy year - as usual. I've spent time in America filming for CBS The Early Show and bringing Ground Force stateside. I've also been doing the last series of Ground Force at home. After eight years Tommy and I have decided it's enough, and time to move onto other things. But we are doing a special Ground Force that will be on TV almost when this magazine hits the stands. One of the most rewarding ...

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The Right Cut

Timing and good tools are essential when it comes to pruning. The first foray into the world of pruning is always daunting for new gardeners. But once you have taken that first snip and seen the benefits, it's a steep learning curve. Nearly all plants, shrubs and trees benefit from an annual nip and tuck. Regular pruning will regulate growth, improve the quality of fruit and flowers and is essential to get ...

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Going Live with Charlie

Charlie Dimmock talks to editor Nicky Holford about life after Ground Force and some exciting projects in the pipeline Once again the year started off with the BBC's Ground Force gardening team helping out on some tough gardening calls, but for Charlie it's all part of her busy and varied life that's about to change. Having triplets would be a bit of an upheaval in anyone's life, so it is hardly surprising ...

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Gardens for all the Family

Creating a garden for the whole family is challenging, but can be fun when everyone gets involved. With good planning, a garden of any size can easily become a refuge for all members of the family including pets. Think first of the garden as a whole and design individual nooks and crannies to complement it. The patio is likely to be your main place for relaxing and entertaining. Think big, the most common m ...

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Mud Sweat and Soil

Good soil in the basis of any garden but some soils can be more forgiving than others says Nigel Colborn. But do not despair even in the hardest conditions nature has a few surprises When I was little I was taken to task by my grandfather for asking him why he was digging in the dirt. “This is not ‘dirt’,” he told me, cupping his hands and scooping up part of his vegetable bed, ...

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Colour for all Seasons

A step-by-step guide by Anne Swithinbank tells you how to keep your garden full of colour all year round To enjoy colour, structure and interest in our gardens all year round is what everybody wants. Even during winter, it is easy to keep your plot looking cheerful by using shiny evergreens, colourful bark and bright stems alongside plants whose blooms open during the shortest days of the year. Careful plan ...

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