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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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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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