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Charlie Dimmock and garden designers the Rich brothers are in Marlborough, competing to transform a garden into a wildlife haven with a budget of £6,000.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens

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-and decades of experience...

-Hello.

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..Charlie Dimmock is one of Britain's best loved gardeners.

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Looking good, boys.

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But the new kids on the gardening block are the Rich brothers.

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We will be the brothers that change people's perceptions of gardens.

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Winners of multiple medals at the Chelsea Flower Show...

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-Amazing.

-..the boys have become known for

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their dramatic outdoor spaces.

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Now, these two different generations of gardening are going head-to-head.

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I know they have got a gold medal, but I can come up with a few ideas.

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They are meeting frustrated garden owners across the country.

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The photos made it look tiny.

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-It is, isn't it?

-I'm sure you've seen larger.

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-I don't know what to do with it.

-And will each pitch them

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-a design based on their needs...

-Wow!

-..and budget.

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That looks really exciting.

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It doesn't look like it could be our garden.

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The winner...

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Whoo!

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..brings their design to life...

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Hold on, hold on.

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-Sweet as a nut.

-..and the loser has to help them build it.

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I'm getting irritated now, faffing around.

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This is what happens...

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Does he ever get irritating?

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-All the time.

-..when different styles collide...

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-Who chose these?

-One, two, three.

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This looks like your design.

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Yes!

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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-Wow!

-Wow!

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Open your eyes.

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Wow!

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-It's amazing.

-It is beautiful.

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So, whose garden will Charlie

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and the Rich brothers be competing for this time?

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So, it looks like we are off to Wiltshire to see Usha.

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It looks really rural, I have to say, looks lovely.

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Usha Gupta swapped living in Maidenhead

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for a more peaceful countryside location ten years ago,

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settling in the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire.

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I'm a country girl, I do like my space,

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and hence the reason I have moved here.

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I just felt claustrophobic in the city.

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I love it here. I love the wide-open spaces.

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This is a detached bungalow.

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It has got a nice little garden, not too big.

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Usha loves the outdoors,

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but doesn't spend time in her own garden

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-because it is an uninspiring, wide and shallow plot.

-Since

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last year I have been thinking about doing

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the garden, and I had loads of ideas,

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but I couldn't work out how I was going to implement them.

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I mean, has she given any influence about what she wants?

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Yes, so she is mad on wildlife and bringing wildlife into the garden

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and reconnecting with nature.

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I would love to see birds, butterflies, bees, etc.

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I also love taking a lot of photographs.

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Having trained as a microbiologist, Usha loves to see nature close up,

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and her great passion is photography.

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She's an amateur photographer, loves taking photographs of plants,

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insects, so it could be a really nice point to fix

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on when we are designing.

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Having plants with flower buds or petals

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or really interesting leaves, I would love to take

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that detailed photograph.

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That will ll help me with my hobby.

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That would be beautiful.

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It is pretty cool design-wise,

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because this is her hobby and she's going to get so much more from

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-the garden.

-It will be great, it's more about the details, isn't it?

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-What you can see through the lens.

-Exactly.

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But Usha also wants her garden to be practical, as well.

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Since she moved to Marlborough,

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she has made a concerted effort to grow her own fruit and veg.

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Growing my own is so very important because you just cannot get

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that taste, the flavour, as pick your own.

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Sometimes the food doesn't even come inside.

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If I do peas, I'm just eating them while I'm out there.

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We definitely need to unite the garden

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in a wildlife theme, vegetables, quite wholesome.

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Usha is eager to transform her garden into a wildlife haven

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and this is reflected in how much she is prepared to spend.

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The budget for the garden redesign is £6,000.

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That's not bad, is it, for a small garden?

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-Really nice.

-This wildlife garden is going to be sights, sounds,

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and the taste of the vegetables, the smells, and yes,

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I will be in my haven.

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Peace and quiet, it'll be magic.

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£6,000 and a manageable-sized garden.

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This is a great chance for the designers

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to produce something special,

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but Usha has a keen eye for detail and will notice any imperfections.

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A bit of frost and a bit of peace is nice.

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With expectations running high,

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Charlie and the brothers head to the Wiltshire countryside

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to take a closer look.

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They will be looking for clues to inspire their design,

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to create the kind of peaceful retreat Usha is looking for.

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This is my attempt at a vegetable garden.

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-Brilliant.

-It is good.

-Is that something that is important to you?

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It is very important to me.

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I love my veg straight from the garden into the pot,

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-or sometimes not even that.

-Just straight in the mouth.

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Straight in the mouth, especially peas.

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What do you feel that you need from the garden?

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Anything that attracts butterflies,

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birds, insects, amphibians, whatever, I would be in my element.

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I like my photography. I do a lot of macrophotography.

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Macrophotography, that's when you zoom right in

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and it's really quite arty?

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It's a macro lens, so you can get

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really quite close to the specimen that

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-you want to photograph.

-I think it is going to be really fun to play

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around with that and try to create

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a space that attracts all this wildlife

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for you to go mad and take photos.

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That would be magical, that would be heaven for me.

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What would be your nightmare design?

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A total nightmare would be if that conifer there was still here!

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And also, I would like a water feature, perhaps a cascading one.

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So it's going to be a garden where more is definitely more.

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Yes, I think so. I think so!

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While Charlie gets more of a steer from Usha on her likes and dislikes,

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the boys take a nosy around the house for design clues.

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Very nice. You can tell that she obviously loves her photography,

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especially macrophotography.

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And the little frogs as well.

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The ponds and everything, bring them in.

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-It is quite warm, isn't it?

-Very warm colours.

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Dried seed heads here. What is

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apparent is that she loves bringing stuff from

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-the garden into her house.

-Perfect to have some nice

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-cutting plants that she can bring in all year round.

-Perfect.

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-Plenty.

-Crack on.

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The boys have picked up on Usha's eye for detail,

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and love of colour.

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When it comes to the design, do you

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like sort of very strong, bold shapes,

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or would you like it wavy and soft?

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I prefer it wavy and soft.

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At my previous property, I did have triangular sharp lines,

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and that worked, but I prefer it wavy and soft, please.

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They may have £6,000 to spend,

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but Usha wants a lot packed into this garden.

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Not only does it need to have an instant impact,

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she wants it to attract wildlife,

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so it will also need to evolve over time.

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Brimming with ideas,

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Charlie and the boys set to work to come up with a winning design.

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Each of them will try to create Usha's dream garden

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within her £6,000 budget.

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Usha will then choose the winner,

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and the loser will help the victor build the garden.

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But who will she go for?

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Will it be the boys, who have seen first-hand Usha's talent

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for close-up photography?

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Or Charlie, who knows that she prefers

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soft, curvy landscapes to angles and sharp edges?

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Now, I have gone with a terracotta feel.

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-OK.

-This is going to be such a sunny garden,

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I think that would be lovely and warm and feel soft.

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-Brilliant.

-The main run is a diagonal patio

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across to the vegetable area.

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There is a terracotta pot like this at the end of your walkway,

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so it is a view encouraging you down the garden.

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Charlie knows that Usha loves rich, vibrant colours.

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So she is using a warm, earthy scheme,

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dominated by a large terrace.

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But the boys are trying something a little different.

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We wanted to create a space that you

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could immerse yourself in and be very soft and natural,

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but also replicates your love and passion for macrophotography.

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-Brilliant.

-So the really exciting

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thing about this design is the detail.

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What we have focused on is the pattern and

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structure of a dragonfly wing.

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As you can see here, it is very angular,

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-but also very soft around the edges.

-Yes.

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Charlie hasn't forgotten Usha's hobby either,

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and has chosen plants that look amazing in close-up.

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We have a lot of alpines,

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because I thought they'll be great for your macrophotography

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because they have really good textures.

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The foliage is lovely, and the flowers are very intricate.

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The next challenge was to transform Usha's tired old veg plot

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into something more inspiring.

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-The vegetable patch.

-OK.

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Raised borders, with a central bed there that is not raised.

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What we have done is to raise the vegetable beds out of the ground and

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out of the pattern. You'll never have seen these.

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They are quite irregular shaped veg beds

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and you can walk around them and you can maintain those beds

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very easily. Because they are such an irregular shape,

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it would be nice to make them out of steel,

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and that adds quite a lot of texture as well,

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and it is a beautiful backdrop for plants.

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What is the shelf life on steel?

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BOTH: Forever.

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The designs may be very different,

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but both designers have included the essential feature

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in any wildlife garden.

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The pond has got moving water.

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-Brilliant.

-Keeping the terracotta theme going,

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I have gone with the Ali Baba pot.

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Tipped on its side, so it would be a gentle sound,

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not a gushing sound that will make you want to visit the bathroom.

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Quite a large wildlife pond for you.

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-OK.

-That is a great way to encourage wildlife there

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and great for the photography.

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It is surrounded by wildflower meadows.

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This is actually designed around leaf veins,

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so you have got these lovely veins here,

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and it also allows you to travel around the garden,

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so you have got this lovely journey.

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Charlie and the brothers have taken totally different approaches

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with their designs.

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It is now up to Usha to decide which one she wants for her £6,000.

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Right, I am really, really torn.

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One of these designs is very traditional, something I'm used to,

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and that is Charlie's one.

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And the other one is the Rich brothers,

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that is very different to what I'm used to.

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In my head, I have not seen this steel material

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and I can't visualise how it's going to work.

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For me, that is the daring bit.

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Charlie's one, I love the warm terracotta,

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I love the pond area and the rockery.

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The Rich brothers, for me,

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they kind of lack the warmth of the terracotta,

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which wasn't initially an issue.

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Yes, so do I go for the daring Rich brothers design,

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or do I go for the traditional Charlie design?

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A very difficult decision to be made.

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Well, only one design can win.

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So, will it be the Rich brothers with their new patio inspired by

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a dragonfly wing?

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Or will it be Charlie, with her warm terracotta landscaping,

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selection of alpine plants, and an Ali Baba pot?

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It's decision time.

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Hello, guys.

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-ALL: Hello.

-Thank you for your hard work in preparing the designs.

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But I have decided to go for...

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I'm so sorry, Charlie.

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-There you go.

-Awesome news, thank you very much.

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So, what was it that swung this design for you?

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Basically because it's new to me.

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I'm not used to those materials

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and it looks as though it is going to work, and I'm a fair risk taker,

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and I think you sold it to me really.

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-Wow!

-It'll be nice to have slightly different vegetable beds.

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It's nice to put a mix in there, a contemporary twist.

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-We shall see, but I'm excited about it.

-We've got every faith.

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-Don't worry. It will look amazing.

-It looks like a lot of hard work.

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Yes, of course.

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Hard work for you!

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-We will be sitting back.

-I might be on a sickie that day!

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The boys are thrilled.

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But there will be a lot of work to do to make their design a reality.

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And they will need to keep Charlie on side to pull it off.

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It is the first day of the build.

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Before any parts of the new design

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can go in, that conifer has to come out.

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It is not just blocking the light, but dominating the space.

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At 4.5 metres tall and 1.5 metres wide, it's a monster.

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So tree surgeon Mark has to attack it in stages.

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If you want to remove a tree,

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contact your local council to check it has not got a preservation order,

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and always employ a professional.

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To get rid of the roots will cost a lot of extra time and money,

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so the Rich brothers are going to keep the stump.

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It may look a bit funny now,

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but they have one or two ideas up their sleeves to upcycle it.

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It's two days later,

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and while the Rich brothers are off-site

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working on the finer details of their design,

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project manager Kate,

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with landscapers Scott and Adam on the team,

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are at Usha's house ready to start the build.

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One of the most complicated parts of

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the design is the new vegetable garden within the patio.

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It will run the entire length of one side

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of the plot, and it is a big job to

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clear the area for the new paving.

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Meanwhile, there's been an interesting delivery out front.

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This is a new one on me, and I think a new one on most of us.

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The boys' new raised veg beds have arrived flat-packed.

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In the boys' plan for the patio,

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the planters fit seamlessly within the dragonfly wing design.

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They've elected to have these six-sided features

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constructed from weathered steel.

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Professional welder Edward sets to work.

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In time, the walls of each planter

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will develop an attractive orange rusty coating

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to add to the contemporary look.

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It's really exciting because we've got our first planter,

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it's been welded by Edward here, and it is great.

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It's huge! The only problem we've got now, haven't we, Scott,

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is how to move it into position because it is very heavy.

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Each one of them has eaten up £1,000 of the budget,

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so Scott has found a novel way to move them into place.

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With the first planter safely in place,

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the team can construct the patio around it.

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The design is now at a crucial stage,

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so the Rich brothers and Charlie have arrived to take control.

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This garden is all about wildlife.

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Not only will we achieve that through the planting and trees,

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but also through the details of the garden,

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so the dragonfly wing and the leaf veins in the meadow.

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It sounds like it should be really easy then to lay out design-wise,

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but I bet you it won't be as laissez faire, as we expect.

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-Yes, it does look a bit tricky.

-What am I doing then?

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Everything! I think it is going to be a real team effort, this one.

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You are definitely going to be on the wildlife pond,

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and definitely be involved in the planting

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and also the espalier fruit trees.

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We need them set up on the existing fence.

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Me and Harry are going to focus mainly on the hard landscaping.

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Let's go and do this then. Before it's midnight!

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While Charlie goes into the back garden to investigate where

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the pond will be sited, Harry and David join Edward, the welder,

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as he makes a start on the smallest of

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the three steel vegetable planters.

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The boys want to make sure they turn out right,

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and they can't wait to get the welder's mask on.

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What's so nice about doing a raised bed,

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or an element in your garden completely bespoke,

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is that it's so unique to your own garden.

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-You couldn't go and buy this off-the-shelf, could you?

-No.

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So it makes it that much more fun.

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Obviously you need a professional welder,

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but you could do it in timber or in a different shape,

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you could have fun with it.

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Metal in a garden is often associated with wrought iron fences,

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gates and seating.

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But there are lots of different ways to use it to compliment

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your planting scheme.

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Copper is malleable,

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smooth and does not rust so it's perfect for statement pieces.

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Aluminium could be used for edging a lawn for a contemporary look.

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A bronze statue won't rust, and only gets better with age.

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And shiny steel can give off dramatic reflections in the garden.

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While weathered steel brings an earthy,

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industrial contrast to soft planting.

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In Marlborough,

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the Rich brothers are using steel as a contrast to the fluffy planting

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that will be arriving later.

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And, on the other side of the garden,

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Charlie is making a start on the pond.

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She's built dozens of them in her time,

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so the brothers have entrusted her with what will be the most important

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wildlife haven in the new garden.

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When it comes to positioning a pond,

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it is really key to get it in the right place,

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whether it is a wildlife pond or an ornamental pond.

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A lot of people think, "I will put it in the shade,

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"so that way it won't go green and slimy."

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That's the wrong thing to do.

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You really want to have at least six hours a day of full sun

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so that the plants grow and keep the pond clear.

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As this is a wildlife pond, we have positioned it close to the hedge.

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That way, the wildlife have got a safe corridor

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to get into the pond and out of the pond.

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A large, healthy pond can attract

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over 100 different species of wildlife,

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including dragonflies, beetles, foxes, newts and birds, too.

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And they don't need deep water to flourish.

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This being a wildlife pond,

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we don't need to go more than 60 centimetres deep.

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That's plenty for wildlife.

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Meanwhile out front, the third and final vegetable planter has arrived.

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To save time, it's been made off-site.

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But it's no lightweight.

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One, two, three, lift.

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That's not too bad, actually.

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I thought it was going to be a lot worse.

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Fortunately, now the brothers are here,

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there's enough muscle on-site to move it...

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To where it should be.

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..and its little brother.

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Getting them in might have been easier than expected,

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but now all three of them are together,

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the boys are having a rethink.

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That's the square corners, that one, isn't it?

0:20:440:20:47

-That corner needs to go...

-That corner...

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The patio slabs have to fit around the planters like

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a giant jigsaw puzzle, so they need to be right.

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Happy with the positioning,

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it's time for the brothers to crack on with the next part of the plan -

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the floor they sit on.

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They need to decide exactly where to put the patio.

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Dream. Well, I think we're going to get the spray can

0:21:120:21:15

and just be artists on the floor. It'll be fun.

0:21:150:21:17

Some spray cans and some beer.

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Carefully following the design,

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they start by marking out exactly where the shapes are going to go.

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Once the markings are down, a wooden framework can be created.

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But the boys have realised that the area

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isn't to the scale of their design drawing.

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-They need to go there.

-Yeah.

-Let's just bring it to here.

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Put it there.

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When you're taking a design from plan on to site,

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there can be a few discrepancies.

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This area here was slightly smaller in real life

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than it was on the site plan we've we provided,

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so all that means is you just have a bit of jiggery-pokery

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and you just got to adjust some of the markings.

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Part of the fun anyway is working with what you've got.

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We've got a certain amount of wood, as well,

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so you've got to refine this back to the amount you have.

0:22:100:22:13

Harry is feeling confident,

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but Charlie wants to find out what all the fuss is about.

0:22:140:22:18

-Hello, on my dragonfly wings.

-Dragonfly!

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-These are great, aren't they?

-They are cool, yeah.

0:22:230:22:26

Really cool. Ever so light, then, were they?

0:22:260:22:29

That one wasn't too bad.

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Bent knees.

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It is nice getting something solid, isn't it?

0:22:320:22:35

-A bit of structure in the garden.

-Very instant.

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-Exactly, yeah.

-Come and have a look at the pond.

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It is not as level as you think, this garden.

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-Is it not?

-I don't know how much.

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-That looks good.

-That looks great.

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It's a great size as well, isn't it?

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It is just a lot of faff getting the levels.

0:22:480:22:51

The pond is turning into quite a project,

0:22:540:22:57

so Harry and David leave the under-gardener to it.

0:22:570:23:01

Usha's garden was lacking any kind of seating area,

0:23:020:23:05

so the brothers are creating a second patio by

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the doors at the back of the house.

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What I'm doing now is I'm levelling this space

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as we're working from the house out.

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Once we get that level then,

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we're going to connect all these wooden timbers together

0:23:200:23:22

to create the shape and then it is a very easy thing of filling it in,

0:23:220:23:26

pegging it and putting the final layer of the gravel on top.

0:23:260:23:31

With the hardcore going down, this feature is in good shape.

0:23:350:23:39

Which is more than we can say for the pond.

0:23:410:23:44

So David is helping Charlie to put down a protective layer before

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the liner goes in.

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Your sheets are this colour, David, then?

0:23:500:23:53

Yes. It doesn't show up dirt.

0:23:530:23:55

Oh, yeah, that's what they all say.

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The membrane goes in first to stop rocks or roots piercing the liner.

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If that happens, there's only one place for the pond water to go.

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So, liner.

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Now you might be wondering why I've laid it out like this

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in the sunshine, getting it sunbathing.

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So that it warms up.

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It should fold a little bit more easily.

0:24:180:24:21

Take it like this.

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David may be the boss, but Charlie is a bit of a pond expert,

0:24:250:24:29

so he's happy for her to lead, for now.

0:24:290:24:32

I hope you've got clean socks on.

0:24:320:24:34

I've actually got holes in my socks.

0:24:340:24:36

With the liner in place,

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it's shoes off to get it into all the nooks and crannies.

0:24:370:24:41

That would be the slopey bit. No, no, no! That's all right.

0:24:410:24:44

It may look like a lot of liner for a medium sized hole,

0:24:440:24:48

-but there's a reason for that.

-Right, so...

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So then it is going to be a case of tidying.

0:24:530:24:56

-Trying to fold it?

-Fold it.

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-Put it round.

-Now, people go,

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"Oh, a liner. It looks terrible like that with the folds,"

0:25:000:25:03

but actually for wildlife it is ideal, because these

0:25:030:25:07

make nice little nooks and crannies for frogs and insects.

0:25:070:25:10

And is this more banked here?

0:25:100:25:13

Yes, a bank that side and a bank this side.

0:25:130:25:15

-And that's for...?

-Easy access for the wildlife, so if a hedgehog comes

0:25:150:25:19

and drinks or a frog jumps in and out, they can get in and out easily.

0:25:190:25:23

-OK.

-So you always want that on a wildlife pond.

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As well as helping the wildlife,

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keeping the liner snug but not tight stops it tearing.

0:25:290:25:33

-I've got the hose.

-You've got the hose?

0:25:330:25:36

-Right.

-Shall I get the hose on?

-Yeah, but not while we're in it.

0:25:360:25:40

-Ready?

-Yep. On you go then.

0:25:420:25:46

Right.

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So we should take a sweepstake on how long this takes to fill

0:25:500:25:53

-because I reckon...

-An hour.

-An hour? No.

0:25:530:25:56

I reckon there's about two cubic metres of water there.

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-250 gallons.

-HE SNORES

0:25:590:26:01

Oh, shut up.

0:26:010:26:03

I reckon it's definitely going to take two hours, even more, to fill.

0:26:030:26:07

But we don't want to cut the liner till its full.

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Wisdom.

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Meanwhile, the complicated patio design is progressing.

0:26:180:26:22

To create the dragonfly wing effect,

0:26:230:26:25

the landscapers are making a matrix from wooden batons

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that are an inch deep.

0:26:290:26:31

This will then be filled with compacted gravel.

0:26:310:26:34

The Rich brothers' idea was inspired

0:26:380:26:41

by Usha's love of wildlife photography.

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The ordinary domestic back yard

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can be a great location for observing nature in all its forms.

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Wildlife enthusiast Kate McRae

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has taken her past time to the extreme

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by rigging cameras all around her garden.

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I've always been interested in wildlife from when I was a child

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and even though I grew up in south-east London,

0:27:060:27:08

we always had a bird table

0:27:080:27:10

and I think that's where my obsession started.

0:27:100:27:12

I want to watch wildlife so creating areas that are easily viewable from

0:27:140:27:19

the house or using cameras.

0:27:190:27:23

I started with just one nest box camera kit

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probably about eight years ago

0:27:280:27:31

and I've now got 20 cameras in and around the garden on feeders,

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nest boxes, fox feeding stations, hedgehog feeding station.

0:27:370:27:41

Using amazing technology that now

0:27:420:27:45

lets me watch my blue tits, great tits,

0:27:450:27:48

jackdaws and their little families right inside my sitting room

0:27:480:27:53

or my office, so I can sit and watch this, which is fantastic.

0:27:530:27:57

The more you attract wildlife into

0:27:590:28:01

your garden and the more you watch it,

0:28:010:28:03

the more engaged you'll be and the more questions

0:28:030:28:05

that will forming in your mind.

0:28:050:28:06

Why are the birds doing that? What can I do to attract more?

0:28:060:28:09

It will become very addictive.

0:28:090:28:12

With some 16 million gardens in the UK,

0:28:150:28:19

they represent an area that's bigger than all our nature reserves

0:28:190:28:23

put together, so there are huge resource for wildlife.

0:28:230:28:27

Back in Marlborough, the pond still isn't full,

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so Charlie's moved on.

0:28:350:28:38

The brothers have asked her to take care of the espalier tree

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by the shed.

0:28:410:28:42

Espalier is a term used to describe a tree

0:28:440:28:46

that's been trained against a flat surface.

0:28:460:28:49

The boys want to make this area as productive as possible for Usha,

0:28:540:28:59

and espalier trees take up a lot

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less room than their freestanding cousins.

0:29:010:29:04

Now, the budget for Usha's garden is quite good so the boys have gone for

0:29:060:29:10

an espalier that has been pre-trained.

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You can train your own, but it takes quite a while.

0:29:120:29:16

You'll be looking at about three to four years to get a basic framework,

0:29:160:29:20

so for the cost of £30-£35 for a grafted espaliered apple tree,

0:29:200:29:26

you'll make life really easy.

0:29:260:29:28

A second one is going on the back wall.

0:29:300:29:32

With this wall being on the sunny side of the garden,

0:29:340:29:36

it will warm up nicely and help the tree to grow.

0:29:360:29:39

On the main patio,

0:29:400:29:41

the patchwork quilt of wooden batons is still not complete.

0:29:410:29:45

But the patio by the back door is ready to be filled.

0:29:470:29:50

Being quite an irregular shape,

0:29:530:29:55

this would be very tricky to do with slabbing

0:29:550:29:57

and there would be a lot of cuts. So, again, using something

0:29:570:30:00

like this is inexpensive and it's a really easy way

0:30:000:30:02

of creating these lovely shapes.

0:30:020:30:05

Because this knits down really tightly, almost like concrete,

0:30:050:30:09

it doesn't let water permeate through,

0:30:090:30:11

so what we've done is we've given a fall towards the lawn, and therefore

0:30:110:30:14

any water will run off and soak into the beds.

0:30:140:30:18

Once the gravel is just above the level of the frame,

0:30:200:30:23

the Wacker plate irons out any lumps and bumps.

0:30:230:30:26

The boys are now keen to move onto the main part of the garden.

0:30:300:30:34

In their design, the pattern on the new patio

0:30:360:30:38

is reflected in a series of beds.

0:30:380:30:40

This part of the design was all based around the veins of a leaf.

0:30:420:30:45

I'll walk you round it now.

0:30:450:30:46

The paths here are the veins of a leaf,

0:30:460:30:50

and then these pockets are just to define that on the outside,

0:30:500:30:53

so Usha's going to get this really lovely journey

0:30:530:30:55

as she walks through.

0:30:550:30:57

But the boys have made a last-minute change.

0:30:570:31:00

They've elected to make some of the beds wild flower turf.

0:31:000:31:03

And Usha will be pleased

0:31:050:31:06

because wild flower turf has more biodiversity

0:31:060:31:09

than a normal flowerbed.

0:31:090:31:11

In Britain lately,

0:31:120:31:13

all the native meadows have actually been decreasing, and that's due to

0:31:130:31:17

things like agriculture and urban sprawl,

0:31:170:31:19

so I think when you get a chance to bring back those native species

0:31:190:31:23

and put them in your garden, you should definitely do it.

0:31:230:31:27

And there's enough of it to plant around the pond too.

0:31:270:31:30

So how much of this meadow turf have you got going spare?

0:31:310:31:34

So we did have it so it encompassed a bit of the pond.

0:31:340:31:38

-Oh, OK.

-So there should be enough to give it that really nice

0:31:380:31:42

-natural look.

-So that will be good

0:31:420:31:45

-because then I can lay the turf...

-Yeah.

-..so it is

0:31:450:31:47

just about touching and then it will suck up a little bit of water,

0:31:470:31:50

and the great thing about that is you'll get things like meadow smock,

0:31:500:31:55

lady smock will self-seed in there,

0:31:550:31:57

and it'll carry on the theme of the wild flowers.

0:31:570:32:00

Once the new turf establishes,

0:32:010:32:03

any birds that visit the garden can feast on the bugs amongst

0:32:030:32:07

the wild flowers and then stop for a quick drink afterwards.

0:32:070:32:10

Three hours after we turned the water on,

0:32:140:32:17

the pond is finally full and ready for Charlie to plant.

0:32:170:32:20

When it comes to pond plants, there's three key groups.

0:32:220:32:26

You've got oxygenators,

0:32:260:32:27

which help keep the water fresh and non-stagnant.

0:32:270:32:31

They don't need soil, they just need a bit of gravel,

0:32:310:32:34

so they go right down to the deep bit,

0:32:340:32:37

and it will just be part of the hiding places

0:32:370:32:40

for all the insects.

0:32:400:32:41

Oxygenators absorb excess nutrients in the water,

0:32:410:32:44

keeping it clean and algae-free.

0:32:440:32:48

You also have plants that lay on the surface,

0:32:480:32:50

things like water lilies, water hawthorn, pond fringe,

0:32:500:32:53

and then you have marginal plants which stand in the shallow areas.

0:32:530:32:58

When you buy your marginal plants, quite often, the label says,

0:32:580:33:01

"For four inches of water."

0:33:010:33:04

What they mean is four inches from above the container top,

0:33:040:33:08

so they go in quite deep.

0:33:080:33:10

These ones are going to go on the shelf,

0:33:100:33:13

and they are ideal to let all the dragonfly nymphs crawl out and then

0:33:130:33:17

break open and turn into beautiful dragonflies.

0:33:170:33:21

Charlie has created a shelf below the surface

0:33:210:33:24

for the marginals to sit on.

0:33:240:33:26

Water forget-me-nots and ornamental miniature bulrushes

0:33:270:33:31

will help give a nice finish to the edge of the pond.

0:33:310:33:35

The team are making progress,

0:33:350:33:37

but we have still got a long way to go

0:33:370:33:39

before the garden becomes the wildlife haven Usha is hoping for.

0:33:390:33:44

At least the framework on the patio is done,

0:33:440:33:46

so the boys can now add gravel crumb

0:33:460:33:49

to give it a natural honeycomb finish,

0:33:490:33:52

leaving Harry and David to focus on

0:33:520:33:54

the three main flower beds in the centre of the garden.

0:33:540:33:58

Usha is mad keen on microphotography,

0:33:580:34:01

so the boys have chosen plants that will look stunning in close-up

0:34:010:34:04

and attract a variety of wildlife.

0:34:040:34:06

Including foxgloves and ornamental thistle that bees love.

0:34:080:34:11

And moths and butterflies adore verbascums.

0:34:130:34:16

But the peace and quiet is about to be rudely interrupted.

0:34:190:34:23

The brothers have asked Mark the tree surgeon

0:34:270:34:29

to recycle the stump of the large conifer into a new feature.

0:34:290:34:34

Timber!

0:34:340:34:36

Woo!

0:34:360:34:38

It's now a second seating area,

0:34:400:34:42

perfect for Usha to relax and observe her new oasis.

0:34:420:34:45

But while the boys enjoy themselves,

0:34:480:34:50

Charlie doesn't miss a trick, and has swiped the leftover wood.

0:34:500:34:54

Next to her pond, she is building a stumpery.

0:34:580:35:00

When you do this, you want to create as many different environments

0:35:020:35:05

and habitats as possible,

0:35:050:35:07

so we've got the craggy bark of the tree, but then I've got

0:35:070:35:10

the brushwood from the tree that I've tied into a bundle,

0:35:100:35:13

a bit like a witch's broom, and I'm going to pop that here

0:35:130:35:18

because that will give a really lovely insulated area in the winter.

0:35:180:35:22

I'm going to cover that with soil and then I'm going to put some

0:35:220:35:25

meadow turf over the top of that.

0:35:250:35:26

Bugs and insects love nothing more than hiding out

0:35:280:35:32

in cool, dark wooded areas, and a stumpery makes

0:35:320:35:35

a great habitat for woodlice and stag beetles.

0:35:350:35:38

With our own busy bees all hard at work,

0:35:400:35:42

Usha's £6,000 garden is starting to come to life.

0:35:420:35:46

But the Rich brothers haven't

0:35:480:35:49

forgotten her other great passion -

0:35:490:35:51

growing her own produce.

0:35:510:35:54

In the old garden,

0:35:540:35:55

Usha had made do with

0:35:550:35:58

some crumbling wooden raised beds.

0:35:580:36:00

Now there's ample room for a variety of edible delights

0:36:000:36:04

in her new steel planters.

0:36:040:36:07

And Charlie, who loves her vegetable gardens, can't wait to get involved.

0:36:070:36:11

Last of the veggies, boys.

0:36:110:36:14

-Nice.

-Nice.

-Nice combination.

0:36:140:36:15

-Strawberries and garlic.

-Yeah, that's a new ice cream flavour.

0:36:150:36:19

Mr Heston Blumenthal's next combination for dessert, is it?

0:36:190:36:22

Now, actually, that's really good because when these come into flower,

0:36:220:36:25

it attracts lots of hover flies that eat aphids and that side of things,

0:36:250:36:29

and hover flies also pollinate, so a good combination.

0:36:290:36:32

The great thing about raised containers

0:36:330:36:37

is that they are easy to work

0:36:370:36:38

because they are raised and you don't have to bend down so far.

0:36:380:36:41

You can adjust the soil type to suit your plants that you are growing,

0:36:410:36:46

so we've got a nice loam here which a lot of the herbs will really like.

0:36:460:36:51

And the other thing about them is having them placed around,

0:36:510:36:53

they've all got slightly different environments.

0:36:530:36:56

The far one is great, because it is slightly more shaded,

0:36:560:36:59

so the very leafy plants like the salad leaves and that

0:36:590:37:02

will be really happy down there.

0:37:020:37:04

Then we've got a medium one, so the strawberries and the garlic.

0:37:040:37:08

And then this one is going to be the hottest bed because it is protected

0:37:080:37:12

by this shed and it will get the sun from the morning

0:37:120:37:15

all the way through until the evening.

0:37:150:37:18

If you are only going to grow one, well,

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should I say fruit in the garden?

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Because a tomato is a fruit.

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Then go for tomatoes because the flavour is just fantastic.

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We've got some slightly different ones.

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We have got these ones which have little yellow fruit on them,

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and then this one, which is purple.

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Well, chocolate cherry, they're called.

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How unusual is that?

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I think Usha is going to love this bit of the garden.

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I can see her pottering for hours.

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These new raised veg beds are the icing on the cake

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for this multifaceted garden.

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And as the last tomato plants go in,

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the Rich brothers' design is complete.

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A few days ago, Usha's garden was an uninspiring rectangular lawn

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with a tired old veg bed

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and a large conifer tree that blocked out the sun.

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Now, it has had a £6,000 transformation.

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The boys enlisted Charlie to build a pond to encourage wildlife.

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It took a lot of hard work and expertise to make it,

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but the materials were a bargain, coming in at just over £150.

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To create the habitats for birds, bees and butterflies,

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the brothers laid 35 square metres of meadow turf

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that form pathways across the lawn area.

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And made new flower beds filled with perennial plants,

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coming in at nearly £500.

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Usha was lacking any seating area in the garden,

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so the boys built a patio behind the French doors in a shape that

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ties in with the overall design.

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At no cost at all, the brothers upcycled the wood

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from the old conifer tree to make a second seating area

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along with a stumpery next to the pond to encourage insects

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and small creatures.

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And the brothers designed three bespoke vegetable beds

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made from weathered steel that bring an edgy, modern look to the space.

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They don't just make an impact on the garden but also on the budget,

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coming in at £3,000.

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-Yes.

-Yeah.

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It's time to find out if Harry and David, for Usha's £6,000 budget,

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have created the peaceful wildlife haven she was craving.

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Here she comes.

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Keep going, you're absolutely fine, there's nothing...

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Nothing to trip over!

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THEY LAUGH

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Lots, but I'm taking you the right way.

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(They're only walking her all the way

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(across the garden with her eyes closed!)

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Ooh...

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Right, come back a little bit... sit down.

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-That's the one.

-HE LAUGHS

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Are you looking forward to seeing your garden?

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Very much so.

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One, two, three - open your eyes.

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Oh, my word!

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- Wow! - Well, the "Wow" says it.

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I couldn't have done this.

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This is absolutely amazing.

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I could never have dreamt that it was possible

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to do something like this.

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-Amazing.

-I love it. Thank you very much, guys.

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-Do you want to have a little wander?

-Yes, please.

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We thought it would be fun to put you on the seat.

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-It is my seat as well.

-It was your tree.

-It was.

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-A little table there for your coffee.

-Oh, nice.

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Got your camera down on there.

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-Yeah.

-This is all the meadow turf, great for wildlife.

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-Yeah, brilliant.

-Pond as well.

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Oh, yes. And there's my flowerbeds.

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Flowerbeds. Yes, we've got loads of plants in here

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that will give lots of flower throughout the year.

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We've got catmint as well, will give you a bit of scent as well,

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which will be nice. The bumblebees and butterflies are going to

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absolutely love these. These are the leaf veins, the paths round here.

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-I see.

-It gives you the opportunity to wander through,

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walk around the beds. Espaliered apple tree over there.

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-Gorgeous.

-My little patio.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Lots of fiddle, but it was definitely worth it.

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This is the star, isn't it?

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The star of the show, yeah, indeed.

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-What do you think of this?

-This is gorgeous.

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-Doesn't that look beautiful?

-It has a nice feeling about it.

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It does, yeah. What have you got growing in my veg pots, then?

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Chillies, tomatoes.

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Fennel, Sage.

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-That's curry.

-Curry plant, yes.

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I thought it was Rosemary. It looks like it.

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And then your strawberries and garlic.

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In the far one, we have got some beans.

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Oh, right, OK.

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Some runner beans and other herbs.

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Nice variety of herbs.

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-Brilliant.

-Can you imagine spending time here taking photographs?

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-Definitely, definitely.

-Your house will be full of photographs of the garden, won't it?

-Yeah.

0:42:130:42:17

No, this is gorgeous. Thank you very much, guys.

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-Pleasure, absolute pleasure.

-I'll come in for a hug as well.

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THEY LAUGH

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Usha wanted her garden to be filled with the sights and sounds of nature

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where she could spend time enjoying her favourite hobbies,

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taking photographs and growing produce.

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I love the vegetable patch.

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I do love the garden. It is totally unique and different,

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and that's what I like. I like to be different.

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-CHARLIE:

-This looks fantastic.

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For a wildlife garden, the design has really worked.

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-USHA:

-I can do my macrophotography to my heart's content now.

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The wildflowers will attract all the bees and wasps and butterflies

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and I've got the pond area for the newts and the frogs etc.

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Yeah, it's amazing. I can get my own veggies as well.

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That is actually perfect for me.

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Usha is thrilled and set to enjoy

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her new wildlife haven for years to come.

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Charlie and the Rich brothers are in Marlborough, Wiltshire, competing to transform a featureless garden into a wildlife haven with a budget of £6,000.

Microbiologist and keen amateur photographer Usha wants a garden that will be a welcoming habitat for all sorts of birds, small mammals and invertebrates which will, in turn, provide great material for her photographs. Usha has another important requirement on her wish list, as a vegetarian she wants to grow all her own fruit and veg.

Usha has an eye for detail and wants to pack a lot into her small plot so the designers have their work cut out. Turning an unremarkable space that's dominated by a brutish conifer into a welcoming B&B for wildlife and a relaxing, productive, beautiful garden for Usha is a tall order.