Episode 3 The Instant Gardener


Episode 3

Garden transformation show. The team help Tania, a mother-of-five in Basingstoke, to declutter her disorganised garden and turn it into a child-safe and enchanting space.


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There are few sites more satisfying than a beautiful garden,

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but what do you do if your outdoor space

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isn't quite so picture perfect,

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and you're short on time?

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Well, meet the instant gardener.

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Ta-dah!

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Danny Clarke is an expert at transforming gardens.

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Here's my plan. I'm going to rejuvenate this garden.

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Each time, our gardening guru will show you how to create

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gorgeous garden makeovers.

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That's the art of garden design, delegation.

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Each transformation will be packed with brilliant ideas and tips...

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It makes it easier to cut through.

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..to help you get to grips with your own outdoor space.

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It does feel unnatural, but take your time!

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With his magical ideas...

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These flowers will look like they're floating in amongst the grasses.

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..and advice on spending wisely on a budget.

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-That's why Danny makes me bring a list!

-OK!

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Oh, my word! This is amazing!

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And, because he's the instant gardener,

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everything you see will happen in just one day.

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Oh, my gosh!

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That looks so much better.

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This time, we're in the Hampshire town of Basingstoke.

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While its centre is a thriving financial hub,

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its rapidly expanding suburbs have seen new housing developments

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springing up like daisies.

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All around is evidence of typical family life,

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in both homes and gardens.

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I'm told when you have children,

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spare time magically disappears,

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and today we're meeting a mum-of-five

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who's keen to turn her back garden into an accident-proof space.

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With her hands full of family duties,

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she needs a child-friendly instant garden.

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Tania Reid is a devoted single mum, bringing up her five gorgeous

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but demanding children,

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ranging from 17 years old right down to only seven months.

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As if her home duties weren't enough,

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Tania has also started several training courses.

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Having worked as a carer for several years, she's determined to

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improve her qualifications, and work with even more challenging cases.

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With enough on her shoulders from day-to-day,

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Tania's garden has taken a back seat in the face of her children's needs.

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Now, she's in dire need of a relaxing

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and safe outdoor space that all the family can enjoy.

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Tania's garden is a classic example of one owned by a very busy parent,

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with a mismatched selection of odds and ends

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that's grown along with her family.

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Running to the gate is a concrete path covered by a lone strip

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of synthetic turf, something that Tania is desperate to

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have more of in her garden to protect her toddlers from injury.

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Near to the house is some rickety wooden decking,

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while in the middle of the remnants of the remaining real turf

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is a tired-looking swing set, standing on a square of...

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Is that carpet?

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A rotten rug may not be much help,

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but there are some interesting items here, and in the flower bed

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are some really lovely fruit trees, which Tania planted herself,

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and even a grapevine.

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This old bench belonged to Tania's late grandfather,

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but is now slowly falling to pieces.

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It may look like a complete mess, but with some hard work,

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and the right design, this garden could become

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a safe and fun haven for the whole family.

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Because this garden is so full of junk,

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and Danny has only ten hours to improve it, we've allowed him

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the special privilege of a pre-makeover visit

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from a clear-up team, to strip out all the unwanted clutter,

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but leaving Danny any useful finds.

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And, with very bad weather forecast, this is an extra blessing.

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Danny and his team have already got their hands on the garden,

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so let's see how things are coming along.

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-Hello! You must be Tania.

-Hello, nice to meet you. Come on in.

-Thank you.

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Danny, you have been busy already!

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Hi, Helen. Hello, Tania.

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-Yeah, we've been very busy.

-Wow.

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So, what do you use this space for, then, Tania?

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Um, the children like coming out here.

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We have a barbecue,

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and the children just like to play on the swings,

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and we use the fruit trees for making some wine and sauces

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for ice cream and stuff.

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We just love being out in the garden.

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-Sauces and ice cream! So, you are quite hands-on in the garden!

-Yeah!

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And, what stopped you, then?

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Why didn't you manage to get bits finished, and things?

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Um, well, I was working.

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I was a carer, and then I had to stop,

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cos I had this little one, and then I had this one,

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and I've been doing courses to start my own care agency,

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so I've been really busy,

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so I haven't had time to finish anything off.

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So, little Primrose, here... Hello, Primrose. ..is the youngest of five children?

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-Five children, yeah.

-She is...?

-Seven months.

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-And, your eldest is...?

-17.

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So, you need your garden to be a lot of things to

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-a lot of different people, don't you?

-Yeah.

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What would you like to see out here?

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Um, somewhere safe, because Tilly falls over quite a bit,

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so it needs to be quite safe for her, and somewhere where we can sit

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and have a barbecue, and just watch the kids play.

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Tilly, don't worry about it. It happens to the best of us, doesn't it, Danny?

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It does, yeah, absolutely.

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And, what about the bench?

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The bench, it was with my grandad, and it's sat there,

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-and it's kind of sloping to the side all the time!

-OK.

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-So, it has quite a lot of sentimental value?

-It does, yes.

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But, bless it, like you say, it's sloping,

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it doesn't have much practical use at the moment.

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Not at the moment, no, but it would be nice to sit there.

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Well, you never know.

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Is that something you can do, Danny, because there's a lot of people

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who want to use this garden in different ways.

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OK, well, we're going to give it a good go,

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bearing in mind that the weather isn't that clever today,

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so we're going to give it a try, but I'm sure we can do it.

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-Is there anything we can help you with?

-Yes, you can.

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Um, I've got my trusty book here in my pocket.

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-This is his shopping list that he sends us off with.

-Yeah.

-OK.

-Okie-doke.

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So, if I can give you that,

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-there's a whole list of plants that I'd like you to get.

-OK.

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-So, there you go.

-OK.

-And, I'll catch up with you later.

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We'll get out of your way.

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While I take Tania off to find plants and inspiration,

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the team can weave their instant garden magic.

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So, Danny, what's your plan?

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Today, the weather forecast is for torrential rain,

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so we've had to take precautions, and put these gazebos up,

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otherwise we're going to be working in the squelching mess.

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So, the big plan, we've got this bit here, which is

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actually quite natural, a natural indentation in the soil,

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so we're going to take some of this soil that's in the middle,

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and move it over into this dip.

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That will assist us in grading it.

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The big consideration for Tania is the safety of her children.

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We've got some really funky coloured tyre chippings, and that's

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what's going to go in that area, to make a patio area close to the house.

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Now, beyond that, further out into the garden,

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we're going to have a lawned area,

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and that's going to consist of artificial grass, which is

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absolutely fantastic because it's going to be low-maintenance.

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So, Tania can come out here, she won't have to worry about

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cutting the grass, doing any weeding or anything like that.

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And right in the corner we're going to have a fairy grotto.

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That's going to have a seating area

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and that's going to have an arch over it.

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We've got a little mini orchard here,

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so, you know, we don't really need to add to that.

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There's some lovely apple trees.

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So, really, a lot of things are going to stay.

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We're only just going to add to it.

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The weather's inclement. I mean, it's going to come in,

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it's going to be really awful. So that...

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It's going to slow us up.

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So we really need to get cracking with this.

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Danny's dedicated support team, handyman AJ

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and horticulturalist Lou, are here to help as always,

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and Tania's brother Dean,

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plus her eldest son, 17-year-old student Tom, are pitching in too.

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The first job is to dig the whole garden over to level it out.

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Today it's raking, raking and more raking,

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cos we need to get this nice and level.

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You look like you've done this before.

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Yeah, I like doing gardening, groundwork and bits like that.

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-Do you?

-Yeah.

-Right, yeah, you're doing a good job, I must admit.

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-Cheers, mate.

-Definitely handy lads to have on our team.

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That's really good. And they're making a great job of it.

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So I don't know what we would do without them.

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In only an hour the team make a huge difference to the lay of the land.

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Absolutely brilliant.

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You can see the sweat on my brow, working really hard, erm,

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doing all this by myself, as you can see(!)

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I suppose you've got to go back to your dressing room,

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haven't you, to have your lobster bisque(?)

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DANNY LAUGHS Yeah, that's next on the list!

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-Yeah.

-In fact, I just had the phone call to say it'll be ready soon!

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-Yeah.

-So I'll have to leave you guys to it.

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-What do you think Tania would think of this?

-Oh, she'd be shocked.

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-Would she?

-She would be.

-Absolutely shocked?

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-She would, looking at it now.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, it's completely different.

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-Will she be happy with the way it is?

-Not left like this!

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All right, then, cos I thought it was going to lead to something.

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I was actually going to say, well, if she's going to be happy

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with it now why don't we just go home and leave it?

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But, er, that would be unfair, wouldn't it,

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so we need to get cracking and get it done.

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With the ground level, Danny can lay out his design for the patio -

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a rectangle filled with child-friendly rubber bark chips.

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So, one of the things we need to do is to mark out the patio area.

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-So, erm, shall we get cracking on that?

-Yeah.

-Shall we do that?

-Yeah.

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-All right, so, what I'll do, if you can hold that for me?

-Yeah, no probs.

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And if you could put that against the wall.

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And we're going to measure out about two metres.

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So, all we need to do is do a straight line,

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or a rough line, between the two pegs.

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When I was thinking about it, I thought, oh, it's like a referee

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drawing a line ready to pull in a wall.

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I could see them all standing there like this.

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-Like this.

-Yeah, oh, oh, hold on!

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If we jump, he might do a Messi and try and pass it under the wall

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-and into the net.

-It could well be.

-It could be, couldn't it?

-Yeah.

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-What do you reckon?

-Ooh!

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-THEY LAUGH Let's all duck!

-Yeah, duck!

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While Danny and the boys are plotting a safe

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but stylish haven for Tania, I'm taking her to a woodland garden

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with an air of enchantment.

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As part of Danny's plan is for a fairy grotto, I'm showing Tania how

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some creative gardening can make a magical wonderland

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for both kids and adults.

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To prove the theory, we've brought Tania's two little ones with us,

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and Tania's mum Jan has come along to help with the children.

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Come on, then, Tilly! Let's see what we can find!

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-Come on down this way.

-Like a flamingo pink!

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Flamingo pink, yeah.

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Lovely.

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-She's quite happy outside, isn't she?

-Yeah, she loves the garden.

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Look, Primrose!

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Primrose is in camouflage!

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It's a shame about the weather

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but there's plenty of cover in this garden.

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As someone who clearly loves her children,

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-and loves your garden, put quite a lot of effort into it...

-Yeah.

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..what's it like to see your little girl running around,

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-looking into the flowers?

-Oh, it's lovely, it's amazing.

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Hopefully she'll be like that when, er, with our garden.

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Is that what you'd kind of like to see, your kids out there,

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enjoying the outside space, liking it, loving it?

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Yeah, exploring it, smelling it, erm, yeah, enjoying the weather,

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when it's nice!

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Furzey Gardens in the New Forest

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is a gorgeous maze of informal woodland planting and winding paths.

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Built around a 16th century thatched cottage,

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it was first planted in 1922,

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and has some inspired fairytale touches.

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Now, then, what do we have down here?

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Oh, wow!

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It's a fairy gate!

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Show Mummy the fairy gate!

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-Where's the fairy gate? Look, and the glitter.

-You see that?

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What is it, Tilly? Fairies?

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And is this a kind of element you might like to

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introduce to your garden? Little bit of magic and mystery?

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Bit of magic, yeah, definitely.

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Well, there's plenty more to learn about this garden.

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It's not all about fairies,

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I knew they were something you would like, but let's go

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-and find the head gardener, who can tell us a bit more.

-OK, Helen.

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Keep your eye out for the fairies.

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While we go searching for inspiration as well as magical

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beings, back in Basingstoke, the gathering clouds have finally burst.

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Levelling the garden just got that much harder

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as the soil turns to mud.

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But, undeterred, Danny's digging a trench

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for some edging for his rubber chip patio.

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-Whatever you do, don't fill up Danny's trench.

-Yep!

-He'll be upset.

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I will be very upset.

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But he's spotted a potential problem.

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When it comes to building any surface, you see, you don't want

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your earth to go above the level of the damp proof course.

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And what I mean by the damp proof course...

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There's normally like a black line here.

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So you don't want your earth above there...

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cos that could cause problems to the wall.

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The patio edging can now go in,

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but those rubber chips will have to wait.

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The delivery van carrying them, and the artificial turf,

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is trapped in deluge-ridden traffic, and time is beginning to get short.

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We've got no rubber chippings, we've got no artificial grass,

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but what we have got is an absolute monsoon.

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Just listen to it.

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RAIN PATTERS ON TARP

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And rain isn't the only problem that will interfere with Danny's digging.

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Here's a little tip - when the ground is very bony,

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what I mean's stony, it's just a horticultural term, "bony,"

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but when it's very stony, erm, sometimes your fork,

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when you're digging with a fork, it doesn't go in very far

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because you might have hit a stone.

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So what I would do is put the fork upright like this

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and just gently twist it.

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Take your time, don't rush it.

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And you'll find that that stone that's in the ground

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will slowly get displaced.

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Look at that.

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With the ground prepared, Danny can unleash his creative flair

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for his favourite part of the process -

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planting.

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One of my favourites...

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..are these foxgloves.

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Now this is a great woodland plant, but having said that,

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as well as being good in shade, it's also good in the sun.

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I mean, I would say really good in half shade and sun,

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an absolute beautiful plant,

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with a bell-shaped flower,

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and I don't know if you've noticed,

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bees love them, erm,

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and they use the flowers like a landing pad.

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So they go in there and collect the nectar, they then fly off again.

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I would really recommend this plant.

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An absolute showstopper.

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Back in the garden, the trees for the fairy grotto are in position.

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These have got to be a must for an enchanted garden,

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contorted hazel with these twisty stems.

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Absolutely wonderful.

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They're going to give this garden

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that enchanted, that, erm, mysterious feel.

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I think, an absolute must.

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Another bonus is you get lovely long catkins in the spring.

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Kids absolutely love catkins.

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They're going to find these absolutely wonderful.

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If you're lucky you can get hazelnuts on these.

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But you wouldn't want to eat them -

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mainly for decoration.

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But they look absolutely fabulous.

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-Looks like they've got lives of their own, doesn't it?

-Mm.

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Which adds to their sort of spookiness.

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-Yeah, very, very mysterious.

-Brilliant, doing their own thing.

-Mm.

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Great. OK, so, shall we plant them in?

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Cos I know you're dying to put them in the ground.

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I'd just like to get something in the ground!

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Lou is never happier than when she's putting things in the ground,

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than when she's planting!

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Look at the smile on her face!

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While Danny and Lou go nuts over their hazel trees, Tania and I

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are continuing our magical mystery tour of Furzey Gardens.

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I want to find out more from head gardener Peter.

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Come down here.

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Peter! Good to see you!

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-All right!

-Hi.

-You look very busy.

-Just doing a bit of weeding.

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This is Tania and her family.

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-Nice to meet you. Hiya.

-Nice to meet you.

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Tell us a bit about Furzey Gardens, then, Peter.

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Right, we're really lucky, Furzey's a fantastic place.

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It's been here for 90 years.

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We've got some wonderful rare and beautiful plants.

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There's so much to look at, from tiny bluebells close to the ground

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to these huge big towering blousy flowers.

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Is it quite intentional to have those different heights?

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Yeah, well, we're very lucky.

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We've got sort of stock and all the plant material.

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But, yeah, everybody should try and do that in their garden.

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It makes so much more interest if you've got different things

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at different levels happening at different times of the year.

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So that idea of under-planting and putting a lot into one space,

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is that something you can recreate in a small garden?

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Yeah, I think especially in a small garden cos you've got to

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get as much in as you can.

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I really love to fill every available square inch of

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garden with plants.

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There's no point in looking at soil, you want to look at the colour.

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It's lovely to see the big smile that creeps over your face when your

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girls are sort of running around and exploring and all the rest of it.

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Again, is that something intentional that you've tried to create here?

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The garden is really popular with children,

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and I think, erm, gardens are just great places for kids.

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Er, we're trying to really emphasise here, we're making this environment,

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inviting children and making it fun for them, and trying to

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give them an opportunity to really discover plants, discover nature.

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But how do you get kids excited about plants and nature,

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-then, Peter?

-Well, we've got a little thing going on here,

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apparently there are fairies living in this garden.

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I've never seen them but, you know,

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you see enough evidence of them here and there.

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The kids seem to find them.

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And seeing the fairies is just

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an extension of the wildlife we have here.

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And how important is it for you for your children to be

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excited by the garden and getting down amongst the plants?

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Really exciting cos it gives them a new, erm, lease on nature.

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It's not just something that's grown, it's, it takes time to bloom,

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it takes different smells and all sorts.

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Exactly what you were saying,

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we really want the children to get in amongst the plants and

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smell them and touch them and feel them, and really understand them.

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This garden feels very unmanaged. I suspect that's not true.

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Not really, no.

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We have to work quite hard to make it look this informal,

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actually, but that's what we want.

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We don't want a very organised place, erm, very formal.

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We want people to be able to relax

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and feel that it's very naturalistic.

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Is that something you like?

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Very, yeah, definitely, because otherwise it just looks too,

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erm, too straight and boring.

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So something like this is so much more...

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it's so much more relaxing

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and a joy to look at rather than just seeing something straight.

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So how do you do that? How do you create the effortless look?

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Well, we have lots of wild flowers, and we allow them to grow,

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we allow them to self-seed.

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We let all the bluebells and the daffodils stay.

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We don't cut them back, we leave them.

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There is a lot of long grass, we've got orchids in the garden.

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And it's just making sure that nothing is too neat.

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It feels like a wonderful atmosphere.

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You kind of have had a smile since you stepped foot in this place.

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-Yeah.

-And you said that the garden is kind of important to creating

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-an atmosphere for your whole family.

-Yeah.

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-Peter, thank you very much for your time.

-You're welcome.

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-Has this given you some ideas?

-Definitely, yes.

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I don't think we can create something on this scale

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but we can certainly pinch a few ideas.

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-Yeah!

-Come on, team!

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Shall we find some more fairies, Tilly?

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We might not all have the long history and impressive acreage of

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Furzey, but there are plenty of ideas in this enchanting garden

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that are easy to try out at home.

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Create mystery in your garden by planting hedges, shrubs or other

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barriers, so that the eye can't see the whole garden at a glance.

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Twisting paths produce a journey around the garden.

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A design that draws you around different areas can work,

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even in small spaces.

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Kids adore miniature things.

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While fairy doors may work a treat,

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so will other tiny magical touches

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like Alpine strawberries or bonsai trees.

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Back at Tania's garden, planting is under way,

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despite the torrential rain.

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Look at this flower.

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Absolutely gorgeous.

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Now, this is a great plant for any situation.

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Put it in the ground and it's going to give some amazing ground cover.

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Now, this is called bugle.

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That's the common name for it.

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Or the Latin name, Ajuga.

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Absolutely beautiful. It's got these lovely glossy

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sort of reddy-coloured leaves, erm,

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and, you know, I can't sing its praises highly enough.

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We're now more than halfway through the day,

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and the downpour is showing no sign of stopping.

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The garden's wringing wet despite the gazebos,

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and Danny's team is drenched.

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But there's one ray of sunshine -

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AJ's been to buy the arch.

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So I've been out shopping for you

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and got you something just to put your plants up.

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Oh, do you know, it's about time we had some good news.

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-That's brought a smile to my face.

-Will that do? Have a look.

-Yep.

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Do you know what, that's...

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I think it'll be wide enough to go over...the bench.

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Absolutely ideal. We're going to put the bench here.

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So your feet are effectively on the lawn when you're sitting down.

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So that means all we need to do is put

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a couple of slabs on each of the four corners for the legs of the bench.

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-How's that?

-Brilliant. Which reminds me...

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-Yes?

-I need to start fixing that bench.

-I think you do.

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-So can I get off and...?

-You go off and do your thing.

-OK.

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And we'll crack on with this.

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-Brilliant, great, see you in a bit.

-See you in a bit.

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Danny did sort of promise to try

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and renovate Tania's late grandad's bench,

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so AJ gets to work fixing the struts to make it serviceable once more.

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It's down to the boys to construct the archway.

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But, of course, AJ can't help getting involved too.

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It's a flat pack kit,

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which should mean that it's super simple to put together.

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Right, boys?

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-So, I reckon, by looking at this...

-And at the top here.

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-..the four threes are the bottom ones.

-Mm-hm.

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The bottom one has to have no hole at the top.

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It has to have the, er...

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-Yeah, the bit...

-One of them bits.

-Yeah, the top's got to be like that.

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Three ones on top.

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The fours are the cross bars, and the twos are the arches.

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And then a couple of them might have one on it

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but everything else will be, that's straight, will be a one.

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Well, that sounds easy enough!

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While Danny's team struggle with simple instructions

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in the pouring rain, I'm taking some time out with Tania

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to find out why having a family garden is so important to her.

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Tell me a bit about your family, then, Tania,

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because five children on your own, that must be quite full-on at times.

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Five children's quite hard.

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They're from, like, 17 to seven months,

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so they're a whole different range.

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The older ones kind of help out sometimes - if they're paid!

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Erm, but, yeah, it's quite hard.

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-17-year-olds down to Primrose.

-Yep.

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They're kind of at every stage, aren't they,

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so you're dealing with school and exams and moving from primary

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school to secondary school, and you're dealing with potty training.

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-Yep.

-Are you tired?

-All the time.

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Tired all the time.

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Up at half five, maybe six in the morning,

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getting everybody ready for school,

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getting all the breakfasts ready for school, getting everybody

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out of the door, and then off to the shops in the morning...

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It is very tiring but it's worth it cos I love it.

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So your whole life is dedicated to the children?

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My whole life is dedicated to my children.

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How much of the day or the week do you spend doing things for you?

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I've never done it. I haven't done anything for myself for 17 years.

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My life is my children.

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Tell me about the garden, then, because you, in the past,

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have tried to do things in the garden by yourself, for them.

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What is the garden for in your eyes? Is it for them or for you?

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It's about integrating children and the adults together.

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So the children could be playing

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but also the adults are there to have their kind of thing going on.

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-All the time you're doing things for the children...

-Yeah.

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..if you had the garden as a nice, entertaining, relaxing space,

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would you be able to enjoy it, do something for you,

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but also at the same time...?

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I think so, cos at night, when I've got the children to sleep,

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it would be lovely to sit out there with the stars.

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I love the stars, it'd be nice to sit out there with some candles,

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with the solar lights on and just chill,

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and maybe have a glass of wine that I haven't had in a long time!

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For Tania, time for gardening is a distant dream,

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as she's not only looking after the children

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but also training to pursue her career in care.

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I want to be an independent carer, so I'm doing psychotherapy

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and counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.

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I'm also doing a dementia befriender course at the moment,

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just so I can have...

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as much information, as much knowledge as what maybe

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a normal carer would have, I've got.

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So being a full-time mum, doing your training, doesn't leave

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a lot of time, what about resources in terms of money?

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Are you in a position to just hire a gardener and say,

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"Come in, transform my garden?"

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No, I'm not in a position, and I try to use

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the things I have, to re-use them in a different way, if I can,

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because money's quite tight.

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I can imagine with five children to feed!

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You have said several times that you want your garden to be

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-child friendly.

-Tilly always falls over thin air, so...

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And I don't like seeing bruises on children, so it's a good...

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It needs to be safe for them falling over.

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Gorgeous as she is, she is a little accident-prone, bless her,

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-isn't she?

-Yeah, definitely.

-She's fallen over several times today!

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-Definitely.

-So it's important for you to have

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somewhere that they can go out there...?

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Yeah, and I haven't got to worry, I know they're safe out there

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and they're not going to harm themself.

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OK, well, fingers crossed you are going to end up with a garden

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that you can enjoy, that the children can enjoy, and that

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you can switch off in for probably about three to four minutes.

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TANIA LAUGHS Yeah! OK!

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Back in Basingstoke, AJ has managed to breathe new life

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into Tania's grandad's old bench.

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Ah-ha-ha-ha!

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Look at him!

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You look like a man who's, erm, very happy with his work.

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-I like it. If you're sitting on it, it must be sturdy!

-Yeah!

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THEY LAUGH

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You got me there.

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Now the bench will take pride of place in the corner,

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tucked amongst Danny's bewitching bedding.

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But it needs a firm base, and AJ has the answer.

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-These are some of the slabs we took out...

-OK, brilliant, so, yeah.

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-..earlier for the recycling.

-Yeah.

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Now, we've got two whole ones,

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but then we've got two with these corners cut off.

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But it's worked out for the best.

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Cos you've got a nice 90 degree angle there and you're

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offsetting this arch, so normally you'd think, "Oh, hold on a second!

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"That's not going to look very nice there."

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But as we're offsetting the angle...

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..we'd want the corner off anyway.

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Do you know what? That is what you call a happy accident!

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-Yes, definitely.

-Brilliant. Well thought through, so, I like it.

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We've got two of these sort of reddy-pink ones like that,

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and then two whole yellow ones...

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-Can go at the back.

-..behind it.

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-Brilliant.

-Sounds good?

-Sounds good. I like it.

-I'll crack on.

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AJ uses the edge of one slab to level the ground before laying the

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others so that Danny can position that expertly assembled arch.

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Now, we've got this arch. Now, an arch, what do you do with an arch?

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You normally walk through it. The issue here is, where do you walk to?

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At the moment, you're just going to walk to that fence, aren't you?

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Walk through the arch to that fence.

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So I've come up with an idea of perhaps using one of Tania's...

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mirrors.

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So this is another example as to how we can

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upcycle effectively,

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and put it...

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..behind the seating area like this.

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So it actually gives you the illusion

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of the garden seeming bigger than it is.

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And any archway to Fairyland's going to need some climbers.

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Danny's chosen a Clematis, but he's also recycling something

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he's found in Tania's hoard - a neglected grapevine.

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I think what has happened is Tania, erm,

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hasn't known what to do with it and she's probably just plonked it

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here for the time being, thinking she might plant it in the future.

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So what I'm going to do, I'm going to dig it up,

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and the plan is to put it over the arch, OK?

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Now, it's important that you don't buy a tender vine.

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Buy a hardy one.

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If you buy a tender one the chances are you'll lose it

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in a harsh winter.

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A hardy one is more likely to survive.

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Pinch some of the grapes out

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and all the energy will go into making nice big bunches,

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and they will look absolutely fabulous,

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especially against that arch over there.

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And the kids will love 'em cos they'll want to pick 'em

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and eat them, and it's a great way to introduce them to gardening.

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What could be better?

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There we are.

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Now I've rescued it, I'm going to give it a nice new home

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where it can flourish.

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The archway's looking good,

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but the rest of the garden is frankly a shocker.

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With less than two hours to go, there's still no artificial lawn,

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and the rubber chippings are still missing in transit - until now.

0:29:430:29:48

Danny!

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-Some good news.

-Some good news?

-Look what's turned up.

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Deep, deep, deep joy!

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-So at least we can get this down...

-Get this down, brilliant.

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-..in that area, and then we'll just take it from there.

-Great.

0:30:020:30:05

-Everything all right?

-Yeah.

-I'll crack on with that.

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-At least that's one half of the issue resolved.

-Nice colour, though.

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-It's a lovely colour, isn't it?

-It's a lovely colour.

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Yeah, it looks really funky. Brilliant.

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These recycled rubber chippings will provide a safe,

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soft area for the children.

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I haven't said this yet, Danny, but -

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on any of the gardens we've done -

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but I do actually love this planting you've done here today.

0:30:260:30:29

-Do you?

-Yeah.

-Thank you very much, AJ.

-It is really nice.

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Praise from AJ is praise indeed.

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-Thank you very much.

-That's all you'll get. Never again.

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DANNY LAUGHS

0:30:400:30:41

-But you need cheering up.

-Thank you, thank you.

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The planting and the patio might be looking good, but thanks to the

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downpour the ground is a disaster, an ankle-deep muddy swamp.

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There's no way the artificial grass is going down on this.

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The team need to spread a thick layer of builder's sand

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to level the ground before fitting that artificial grass.

0:31:000:31:04

But, despite making a start on that, and with Tania due home

0:31:040:31:07

within the hour, it's not looking like the job can be finished today.

0:31:070:31:11

Today has not gone well, has it?

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It hasn't been a good day, but this rain certainly hasn't helped, has it?

0:31:150:31:19

-It's all been against us.

-The rain has been against us.

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We've just got to put this down to experience...

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and never experience it again.

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Next time, turn up, turn around, and just leave.

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With Danny and the team praying for a let-up in the rain,

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Tania and I have one last task to complete -

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finding the plants on Danny's shopping list.

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Time to collar a friendly expert in Furzey's garden shop.

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These look kind of...

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Oh, they're pretty, yeah, definitely.

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-They're lovely. Really lovely.

-Mm.

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-I don't know what they are.

-Can I help you?

-I suspect Tim does.

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-Tim, Tania, Tania, Tim.

-Hi, Tim.

-Hello.

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We are after some plants that we can put underneath trees,

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because Danny the gardener was very keen that we get some things

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that you can under-plant, and they're going to be OK there.

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On our list we have geraniums.

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Is there anything else you would recommend?

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We've got the veronica, with the lovely white flowers that'll

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gradually increase and spread.

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On the other side we've got the brunnera, which is great for the

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silvery foliage, forming mats,

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and you can divide it as well to get new plants for free.

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And the aquilegia,

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which will self-seed around.

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You don't know what colour seedlings you're going to get up, so

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you'll have a nice variety, and they should self-seed all over the area.

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-Oh, that's really good, there's like variety.

-Yes.

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Yeah, because some people have a particular colour palette.

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-Is that something you're bothered about?

-I'm not bothered.

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As long as it... As long as there's a whole range, I don't mind.

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-I like colours.

-And you talked about those plants forming a mat.

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Does that give quite a woodland sort of feel and atmosphere?

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-Yes, it'll give a nice natural effect, yes.

-Lovely.

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This selection of plants look as if they would fit well

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in a sort of fairy dell woodland setting.

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Will they survive in a garden frequented by young children?

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Yes, they will, they're all fairly tough

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so will take a few knocks from children.

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Erm, they're also suitable cos they will get a bit of shade

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from the trees, so these can all

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-tolerate a bit of shade as well.

-Excellent.

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How easy is it to grow an azalea

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if you don't have the right kind of soil?

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So if you don't have acid soil,

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-you either grow it in a container with ericaceous compost...

-OK.

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..or you add peat to your soil to make the soil more acid.

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-OK.

-What about these geraniums?

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Well, those geraniums, they're great.

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They, again, they're very tough.

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They can take, you know, a few knocks from the children,

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and, yeah, again, they'll form a carpet,

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and they seed around as well.

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Oh, lovely, it's already starting to look like a forest, in my mind!

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It's a woodland, child-proof, colourful mix of exciting plants.

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Definitely. Magical.

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Is there anything else, Tim, that might create a bit of magic

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and welcome the fairies to Tania's garden?

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Well, to create that extra bit of fairy magic, I recommend...

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-Oh, wow!

-Your very own fairy door.

-Your very own fairy door.

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Oh, wow, and it has "Primrose" on! Oh, that's lovely.

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-They've made that especially for you.

-Oh, thank you.

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-Your very own fairy door to welcome fairies to the garden.

-Oh, lovely.

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While Danny and the team have been hard at work,

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I've left Tania to look after the children.

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I'm popping back to the garden

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for an exclusive preview of this magical transformation.

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Hello, Helen.

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You two look like a real sorry pair,

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but that's nothing compared to the garden!

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-What's gone wrong?

-Well, whatever could have gone wrong has gone wrong.

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Erm, it's been an absolute nightmare today.

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-As you can see, we haven't quite finished.

-So what should be here?

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Should be artificial grass. We tried and tried to get it done.

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I feel like I need to hug you both, you look as if you could cry!

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Do you know what? The garden that is done looks great,

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the plants look great,

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-this looks fabulous.

-Yeah.

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Yeah, I mean, it looks great, but we couldn't quite finish it off.

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-And really the turf would have just brought it all together.

-Mm-hm.

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Yeah, this is potentially a nightmare

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for a mother of young children...

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-Yeah.

-..cos all that mud is going to go in the house.

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I know if my mum was watching this she would have nightmares.

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What are we going to do?

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Well, we're going to come back very, very soon

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and we're going to complete it.

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And I'll break the news, shall I?

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-Yeah, OK.

-Yes, that'd be good.

-Stay there, you two.

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OK, Helen, thank you.

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Thanks to the weather, it's the first time an instant garden

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hasn't been finished in a day, and we're all gutted.

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Poor Danny - and poor Tania!

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A few days later, you wouldn't know it was the same country,

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it is so sunny, so Danny and AJ are heading back to finish the job,

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hoping that the mud bath has dried out.

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-AJ?

-Yes, mate?

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Do you want to have a look and see what you think about this?

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What do you reckon to this...?

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-Underneath.

-Let's reveal.

-Reveal everything.

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-Well, it's ten times better than before.

-Yeah.

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Still a bit of work to do.

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Yeah, we've got to level it off, haven't we?

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But that shouldn't take long - unless, of course,

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Danny's used his day off to think up more work for himself!

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AJ, while I've been away, I've been thinking,

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that metal edging just doesn't look right.

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I'm not totally happy with it.

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I think we need something that's softer.

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I think wood would be more in keeping with this garden,

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with the overall scheme. I reckon we should change it to that.

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The other thing I thought was perhaps we could get

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a bit of shade in the garden.

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It's a south-facing garden,

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on a hot day it's going to be pretty baking in here,

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so I thought we could get some shade in,

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so I thought we'd get a shade sail erected.

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-What are you calling it?

-Shade sail.

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BOTH: Shade sail.

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It's a ship's sail, really.

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It's like the same shape as a ship's sail.

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Say that quickly.

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-Same shape as a...

-Same shape as a sip-ship's sail!

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Same shape as a ship's shail!

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Same shape as a ship's shail! Hmm, tongue twister.

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Careful, fellas!

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-Same sh...

-Shut up!

-Shut up, OK.

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So this shade...

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-Yeah.

-How are you going to create it?

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Well, I thought we could use...

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As it's a triangle, we're going to need three posts.

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Attached to three posts, the triangular sail will create

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a stylish sun shade in this very open garden.

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If we have this side either slightly higher or lower than that one

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to give it a bit more 3D shape?

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-Yeah, and that'll look quite quirky, won't it?

-I think so.

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Yeah, it'll look great.

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But now, as well as finishing the lawn,

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Danny's created two more new jobs -

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putting up the shade sail and changing the patio edging.

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Better get a move on, boys!

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The good thing about timber edging,

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it's better than that aluminium stuff,

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the fact that you just dig a trench, bang, in it goes,

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and it's a lot more solid and straight, and...

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..you can't beat wood.

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Now onto the sail, which needs three poles to hold it up.

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AJ has just added the cement, so it's quick-dried cement,

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so it should go off within 20 minutes.

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With any sort of things like this

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I would always, if you've got the time,

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give it as long as possible so then we can just leave it

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and let it settle itself.

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Right, just get it out of the way of the cement. Well done, Sherlock.

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DANNY LAUGHS

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Right, can you reach now, clever clogs?

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No, I've put it at the perfect height that you asked me to put it.

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You can't reach!

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Oh, hold on. AJ, I think this looks absolutely fabulous.

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And apart from looking great, being a great feature, I think

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this will give welcome shade for Tania's children.

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At long last Danny can finish the lawn.

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Artificial turf needs a base of sand laid to a depth of 5cm

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and levelled out over the lumps and bumps.

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Here's a little tip - when raking an area and you want it nice

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and level, get down low.

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Then you can see where you're going,

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and also the motion of the rake is going to be

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at least parallel to the ground.

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And now I've done this, will I be able to get up again?

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Probably not.

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To get the sand base good and firm, Danny's using a wacker plate,

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a machine with a vibrating plate to compact the sand.

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A not-quite-instant day and a half after they began,

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Danny and AJ can finally get that artificial lawn rolled out.

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Really, this is the last thing that you do.

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I mean, even when you're laying normal turf it's normally

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a thing you do as you're going out of the gate,

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the last thing you do, because you don't want people walking on it.

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And to be fair, erm, with turf, normal turf, you can't really walk

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on it for at least 10 days cos you'll want it to settle and to take root.

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But with this, once it's down, you can quite happily walk on it,

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and the kids can come out and play straight away.

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-This is kind of like the last mile of our marathon.

-It is!

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Come on, then. Come on, let's sprint it!

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Once the turf that Tania so desperately wanted is finally

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rolled out, all that remains is to secure it with metal pins.

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And as a finishing touch, we've got this lovely fairy door that

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Tania and Helen brought back for the kids,

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and I'm just going to put it under this tree.

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At long last, this epic, almost instant garden is complete!

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When we started, this garden was a hotchpotch of mismatched ideas,

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hazardous half-finished projects,

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and the chaos that only five energetic children can create.

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Now, Tania's back garden is a child-safe

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and stylish sanctuary with a touch of fairy enchantment.

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In less than two days, including the worst weather

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so far this year, Danny has waved his magic wand over the clutter

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and conjured up a glorious new look.

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With no spare time to tackle her garden's disorder,

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busy mum Tania was overwhelmed by the task of starting afresh.

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Now, with some clever design and courage in the face of adversity,

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Danny has created a garden that the whole family can enjoy together.

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Using child-friendly materials like artificial turf and rubber

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makes a safe haven that's also low-maintenance -

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a winner for any hectic household.

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Plus Danny's shade sail has given valuable shelter for Tania's

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little ones, while making a stunning centrepiece for the garden.

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The patio has been transformed from a dismal attempt at decking

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into a cushioned and colourful chill-out zone for Mum and children.

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The old bench has been revitalised with a surrounding of climbers

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and a cunning visual illusion.

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And by using existing features to their full advantage,

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Danny has breathed new life into the borders and used Tania's style

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to build a woodland wonderland,

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complete with some truly enchanting planting.

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So what will Tania and her tots think of their new-look garden?

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Eyes closed. Come forward a bit.

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Forward a bit.

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There we go. Now you can open your eyes.

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Oh! Wow!

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-What do you think?

-Oh, it's lovely!

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-Do you like it?

-I do, thank you!

-Really?

-Yeah!

-Great.

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Yeah, it's lovely, thank you!

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-We've put the lawn down.

-Yeah! It's lovely!

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-Oh, it's going to be so safe.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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-So that's nice and safe for the kids.

-Yeah.

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And over there...

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-the barbecue area...

-Yeah.

-..and the chimney.

-Yeah.

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So that's your little area, your little patio area,

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-and at the back is your fairy grotto.

-Oh, awesome!

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-All right?

-I love the shade sail, yeah, that's gorgeous.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-I noticed you've done some planting...

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-You did!

-..in there!

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-TANIA LAUGHS

-Yeah!

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-And that looks fantastic, that looks absolutely brilliant.

-Yeah.

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So if I've done nothing else,

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-I've encouraged you to do a bit of gardening.

-You have, yeah.

-Yeah?

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-And the bench?

-Yeah, that looks really good, thank you.

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Yeah? So we've managed to piece that together for you and get it nice and stable.

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Looks good, don't it, Tilly? Look at the chair!

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Wow! What do you say? Shall we say thank you?

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Thank you, Danny!

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Say thank you!

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You're welcome!

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It's been a bit of a journey but we got there in the end, and Tania

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and the kids seem to be really enjoying their not-so-instant garden!

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Congratulations, Danny, on creating a gorgeous garden against the odds.

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Now Tania finally has a unique, child-safe space that she

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and her family can enjoy together.

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Join us next time for another Instant Garden.

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The team help Tania, a mother-of-five in Basingstoke, to declutter her disorganised garden and turn it into the child-safe and enchanting space of her dreams.