Episode 14 The Instant Gardener


Episode 14

Presenter Helen Skelton and the team turn a deck in Tredegar into a stylish and low-maintenance outdoor room, complete with handmade garden furniture.


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Beautiful gardens are one of Britain's most glorious sights.

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But if your green space is more mess than majestic,

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making it over can be a daunting prospect,

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especially if you're short on time and money.

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Well, the Instant Gardener is here.

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Ta-da!

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Danny Clarke is an expert at transforming gardens.

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These are really bringing a smile to my face.

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Each time, our gardening guru will be showing you how to create gorgeous

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garden makeovers.

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-This might look great.

-Each transformation will be packed

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with brilliant ideas to help you get to grips

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with your own outdoor space.

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Just continually deadhead and you'll keep getting that plant to flower.

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He'll be turning garden junk...

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Oh, look at that.

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..into garden jewels...

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It's going to be used as a planter, and I think this is going to look

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absolutely terrific.

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..and showing you how to spend a small budget wisely.

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

-OK.

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Be it on shrubs or salvage.

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Would you like that in your garden?

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And because Danny is the Instant Gardener,

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everything you see will happen in a single day.

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Oh, thank you so much.

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-Oh, wow.

-That's unbelievable!

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Today's garden nestles in the South Wales town of Tredegar.

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Although it has a small population of only 1,500,

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this is a place that punches well above its weight historically.

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Shaped by the iron and coal industries,

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famous politicians Nye Bevan and Neil Kinnock were both born there.

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It's also home to today's young couple.

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Now, they might not be famous party politicians,

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but they certainly like to party, and why not?

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They work hard. And they have got a brilliant back yard for beer and

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barbecues, spending time socialising with friends and family.

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The trouble is, it's a total blank canvas.

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Sounds like a job for the Instant Gardener.

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-Hello. You must be Scott.

-Nice to meet you.

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-Hiya, nice to meet you.

-Let's have a look at this back yard, then.

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-Come on in.

-Thank you.

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Nicola and Scott have been together for six years and married in 2015.

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The busy couple both work with children,

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with one of Nicola's three jobs being as a support worker for children

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with disabilities. But in 2008,

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Nicola was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis,

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a severe and painful digestive condition similar to Crohn's disease.

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She's had to endure several major operations.

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Despite this, she works full-time,

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tirelessly supporting the children and families in her care.

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Danny's arrived super early this morning to have a good look at just

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what he's going to be tackling today.

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The first thing I notice is the amazing view. It's fantastic.

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You can see for miles and miles.

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Superb.

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Now, I would say this decking is quite new,

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the boundaries are definitely knew.

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It's really difficult to sort of work out how new the decking is because

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it has algae-fied at the moment.

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It's very slippery underfoot.

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So we are going to have to address that, perhaps give it a jet wash,

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because we don't want anyone tumbling over.

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All in all, the garden is pretty bland, and really,

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this wall doesn't help either.

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It's white, I think that's a pretty boring colour.

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And really, it would be a good idea to make it connect to the decking.

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I would imagine all I need to do is just find the people who own this

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property, kind of somewhere to sit,

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just to spruce this up and just make it interesting

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and give it a bit of life.

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I can't wait to see you pull it out of the bag this time.

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With a plan bubbling away,

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it's time for Danny to meet the garden's owners.

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-What a view.

-Hello, Helen.

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-How are you, all right?

-Yeah, you?

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-Yeah, good, thank you.

-This is Nicola and Scott.

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-Nice to meet you, Danny.

-Hello, Scott. Hello, Nicola. Good to meet you.

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-Guys, you've got a great view, haven't you?

-Yeah, it's nice, isn't it?

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It's not too bad. We take it for granted, really, don't we?

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-It's brill.

-Shame we haven't got the weather,

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but that's the Valleys for you.

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Tell me about this house, then. How long have you lived here?

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We've been here just over two years, haven't we?

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-Since we bought it.

-This was sort of

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the decking when we moved in,

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but we put the rickety fences up afterwards.

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I think this is a brilliant space, because it literally is an outdoor room, isn't it?

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-You've got the walls, you've got the floor.

-That's what we want, really.

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Somewhere... Because at the moment we just basically don't use it at all,

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but we would like to have somewhere...

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-Socialise, really.

-Yes, an extension of the house,

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where we can come out and use it as a room, really.

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OK. So how and who would use it?

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We'd have friends over, family.

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Barbecues in the summer, that type of thing, really.

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Even if I can come out here with my laptop and do some work, that type of thing,

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to actually really use the space.

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Nicola, be honest, do you have much time?

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Because you seem like the busiest woman in Wales.

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-How many jobs do you have?

-I've got three jobs at the moment.

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-Which jobs?

-I work with social services, with children with disabilities,

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and supporting them and their families. That's my main job.

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My second job, I teach,

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I run a teaching assistant course and I teach the adults.

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And my third job is, I've also got a bridal shop in this town.

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And your health hasn't been brilliant, has it?

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No, at the moment I'm really good now,

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but in the past I've had some health problems.

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But I am doing OK now, but in terms of time,

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you can always make time to...

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-Come in the garden.

-Yeah.

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Yeah. And I think it is more relaxing if you're out here doing it

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-than stuck in the house doing work.

-And now you are in good health,

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it would be nice to have somewhere to enjoy and make the most of that

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-fabulous Welsh weather you've talked about.

-Exactly.

-What do you reckon, Danny?

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In my eyes, this is a perfect blank canvas, isn't it?

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It is a perfect blank canvas,

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but it is a bit of a skating rink at the moment.

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It is very slippery.

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That will have to be addressed first, without any shadow of a doubt.

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But it is a blank canvas, it's an outdoor space, an outdoor room,

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or whatever you'd like to call it.

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What's your style?

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-You like a bit of shabby chic.

-I don't mind a bit of shabby chic, a bit of bunting.

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I love flowers.

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But I'm not very good at looking after them. But it's because I don't know.

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I really don't know how to.

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So you would like something that's quite low-maintenance?

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Yes, definitely.

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But something that looks pretty as well.

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-OK.

-Well, I'm going to leave Scott here with you,

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he's going to help you out. Nicola and I are going to do a little bit of research.

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-OK.

-Get out of your hair.

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-And I've got a few things I'd like you to get.

-OK.

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Interesting note pad. Three big contemporary pots,

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at least 60... 60 centimetres?

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60 centimetres high.

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-OK.

-Yeah?

-Have a lovely day, have a lovely day.

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Nicola, let's hit the road.

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-Good luck.

-Catch you guys later.

-See you later.

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While I take Nicola away for some inspiration,

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Danny can reveal his plan for the garden.

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So, come on, Danny, what wonders await today?

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What we've got here is a bland and boring, featureless outdoor room.

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And what I want to do is pack it full to the gunnels with interesting things.

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Now, the first thing I think we need to do is to jet wash this decking.

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Because it is like a skating rink.

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But we also want to unify this area, and how I'm going to do that,

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I'm going to use paint.

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So I'm going to use purple paint on that side,

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perhaps just paint one panel,

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perhaps paint a panel over here purple,

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maybe two, who knows?

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And I want to paint that wall over there a different colour to these

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panels over here, so that's going to be pink, and these will be purple.

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I think that will make a great combination.

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And in this space here, there's nothing really that we can recycle.

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And what we're doing to do is bring some pallets in and make some wonderful

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furniture out of them.

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We are even going to make a small vertical garden,

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which we are going to put against that wall over there.

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And I'm going to fill it with succulents.

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And they are low-maintenance, and Nicola is going to love that.

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And once we've built this furniture, we are going to paint them black.

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That's going to look absolutely funky with the black,

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the purple and the pink going on.

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Another thing I would like to do.

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I am hoping to do a turf seat.

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A turf seat, basically, is something that you can sit on that's made out of turf.

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And that should give this area another dimension.

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And it's a way of introducing some greenery into the area as well.

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Your garden is all about your plants. Any garden is about your plants,

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so it is great to have all this furniture in here,

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but we need to soften it.

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So what I thought I'd do is bring some really spectacular pots into

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this area. And put plants into those.

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I think that will look really good.

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So Danny is packing this garden with furniture,

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adding splashes of colour to the walls and fence panels,

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constructing an easy-to-maintain vertical planter

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and adding some plant pots.

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Nicola and Scott are sociable people,

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and we're going to give them an outdoor space

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in which they can entertain with their friends.

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It's an ambitious plan for just one day,

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but Danny won't be alone because pallet-meister AJ and the team are

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chipping in to make it happen.

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Speaking of pallets, where exactly are they, Danny?

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Blimey, it's raining.

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As usual. Not to worry because I've got plans for this area.

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I want to pack it full to the gunnels with furniture.

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You've got nothing in this area that we can recycle.

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So we are going to have to go out and find it.

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-OK.

-So, shall we get cracking?

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-Definitely.

-Definitely.

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-Let's get going.

-So the team are going to leave the garden for once.

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Make the most of it, guys, you won't be gone for long.

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They're meeting just the man for the job,

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local garden centre manager Tony Hilditch.

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Hello. Are you the chief here?

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-Yes.

-Hello. My name is Danny.

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-Danny, pleased to meet you.

-Pleased to meet you. You are?

-Tony.

-Tony.

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Great to meet you, Tony. This is AJ.

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-Hi, Tony.

-Hello.

-This is Scott.

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-Hi, Tony.

-Hi, Scott, how are you?

-Yeah, great.

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I don't know if you can help us at all,

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-but we're on the hunt for some pallets.

-Pallets, shipping...

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-Transport pallets?

-Transport pallets, that's it. I've noticed you've got some round the front.

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-We have, yeah.

-Could we take those?

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-Yes.

-And have you got any others lying around,

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because we could do with as many as possible?

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I've... Yeah, I should have some somewhere.

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-Great.

-Those all out the front ready to be collected for recycling,

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which is what they are there for.

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-But I'm sure we can find some more.

-All right, great.

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Like most garden centres, and lots of other businesses,

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Tony takes delivery of plants,

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pots and compost on wooden pallets like these.

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As we are making furniture,

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I thought it might be a good idea to choose pallets that are more uniform.

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-Oh, dear.

-Shall we take these ones?

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-Yes.

-You're happy for us to take these?

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We'll load what we've got around the front first,

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and then we'll come back and pick out a few of these and then we'll be

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on our way. That's great, thanks, Tony.

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It's going in.

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-The red ones.

-Here they come, the red ones.

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You know the good thing about that, though. That's already an undercoat.

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-Brilliant.

-So when you paint them,

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it's not going to soak into just bare wood.

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Why do you think I chose them?

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-I don't know.

-For that reason.

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No, that's my idea, get out of here.

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DANNY LAUGHS

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Most delivery pallets are recycled,

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but some businesses may be happy to let you take you a few away - if you

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ask nicely. Best not to just help yourself, though.

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These are great because we are getting furniture for free.

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With AJ's van packed full of pallets,

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it's time for the boys to head back to the garden.

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Meanwhile, Nicola and I are going to Newport to meet the owner of a unique

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back garden that I hope will encourage her interest in plants.

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Edward Hay's back garden is a masterclass in making the most of planting

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opportunities afforded by planters, pots and hanging baskets.

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Right, Nicola, head this way.

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It's a relatively small space but there is a lot going on in here.

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Plants, trees, huge, big greenhouse back there.

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Lots of things going on.

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It's quite packed.

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I can see how he's made the most of a small space.

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-I like it.

-Some people like to pack a small space with loads of different

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things to look at. Some people like to keep it quite clean.

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Do you like that there is a lot going on here?

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Yeah, I like that because it takes your interest a bit more.

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Especially with ours, we've just got our decking.

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This lovely garden looks perfectly normal until you raise your eyes.

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Now, cast your eye that way.

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The huge tower of bedding plants.

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-It's amazing, right?

-It's fairly tall.

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There are lots of questions - it's hard to know what to say.

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Let's go meet the man who built it. He's a legend.

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Eddie.

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Talk us through

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this fantastic explosion of pots and colour and brilliance.

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Why did you build this?

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Because I could. And it's a one-off. Nobody else has got one, have they?

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-No.

-There you are!

-How long has it been up there?

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I finished building it about a month ago.

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-So, how big is this?

-About 35 foot.

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In that frame, you have a whole series of plant pots

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filled with brilliant brightly-coloured plants.

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Yeah, it takes about 250 pots.

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-OK.

-In a month, that'll be flowering beautifully,

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and in about six weeks, it'll be full.

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Eddie, how proud are you of this?

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-Fantastic.

-HE LAUGHS

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I love it. I love it.

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I just love it.

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While we admire this fabulous flower tower,

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the boys have made it back to the garden,

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where we've been pressure-washing the decking

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with quite a lot of help from the weather.

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-It's very important you keep it clean...

-OK.

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..and you keep it jet-washed, cos you don't want a build-up of algae.

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If you get a build-up of algae, then it's going to make it slippery,

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it's going to make it dangerous.

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-And if you go down on this, it's going to be painful.

-Yeah.

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How often would you say you do it?

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-I would say at least a couple of times a year.

-OK.

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But I would keep an eye on it. But you should be all right here,

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I wouldn't think you would get a build-up very quickly,

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-because it's quite an open site.

-Yeah.

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For example, you haven't got shade.

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-No.

-Cos algae likes shade.

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So, I'd imagine this is quite a sunny spot.

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Yeah, it can get quite sunny,

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so I suppose once every six months, keep an eye on it.

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And you'll find there'll be more of a build-up over the winter period.

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-OK.

-But normally you will be doing it in the spring

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and, say, sort of late summer.

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-But, you know, keep an eye on it in the meantime.

-OK, great.

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While we finish off the jet washing,

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it's time to get the rain covers out

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so that Danny and Scott can get on with the painting.

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-With the weather, it's not an ideal situation.

-No.

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Cos really we'd want to paint this fence,

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but it's not normally a good idea to paint a fence when it's wet.

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-Right, OK.

-But because we've got to get the job done today,

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we haven't got another option. What we're doing here

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is just trying to protect the fence as much as we can.

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So the plan with two fences, we're going to paint this one.

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-OK.

-That's going to be painted purple.

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-Right.

-And we are going to paint one of the panels over there,

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the one covered by the tarp at the minute,

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we're going to paint that purple, as well.

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That'll give the area some continuity. Do you like that idea?

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-Sounds great, yeah.

-You like it?

-Yeah, really good.

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-For me, really, I quite like the idea of not painting the whole of the fence.

-Yeah.

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Cos I quite like the natural wood.

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-I also like the painted effect if it's the right colour.

-Yeah.

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So for me, it's getting the best of both worlds.

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I suppose it leaves it open, then,

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if we wanted to maybe paint another few panels a different colour

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in the future.

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You can do that.

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Exactly, Scott.

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Painting fence panels is a cheap and easy way

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to brighten up an outdoor space,

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and it's giving Danny a chance to chat to him

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about the colourful character of his wife.

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I get the feeling that the garden's very important to Nicola.

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Yeah. I mean, obviously, it's a nice...

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It is a big space.

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Nicola being as busy as she is,

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it is obviously nice for her to come home

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and maybe relax out here as opposed to inside all the time.

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So Nicola, she's got a very vibrant personality,

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but it's been a pretty tough time for her, hasn't it?

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Yeah, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

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Pretty much for the last five or six years,

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she's been in and out of hospital, she's had quite a lot of surgery.

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Some long operations.

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Yeah, I mean, luckily she doesn't let it get her down,

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she's quite upbeat and confident.

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This sort of marries in well with that, really,

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as a nice surprise for Nic,

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considering all the things she's been through.

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So, do you think she's going to like this?

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I think she'll like the colour, yeah.

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Nicola likes a shabby chic sort of style.

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-Yeah.

-And I think this sort of resembles that.

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I think she'll really like it.

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While the boys get on with the painting, over in Newport,

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Nicola and I are seeking shelter in Eddie's greenhouse,

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as he shares the secrets to his success with container gardening.

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Nicola has a garden like yours

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in the sense that there's not a lot of room to put things in the ground,

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so it would be good for you, and plenty of people, I imagine,

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to see how you can have a good garden in pots.

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-Right.

-First thing's this, what are you putting in in terms of compost?

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Just potting compost.

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There's so many different types and varieties

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so it doesn't matter which one you use, they all are all right.

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OK. Right, so, you've put in your potting compost.

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The potting compost is in. Right?

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And then what you do is you put a centre plant, something nice.

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Normally, I put a geranium or a fuchsia in the middle -

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that's my favourite two plants.

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And then you just get other plants, like sophinias,

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which I grew from cuttings,

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and you can see the roots are there.

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When is the best time to take a cutting?

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As the plant is growing, you take it from there.

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See? And that's a cutting.

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So if you wanted to grow your own, you could do it just from that?

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-Yeah.

-And that goes in compost?

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Yeah. And they become like that.

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And then you take a cutting of that and...

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Using cuttings to increase his plant stock,

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it's getting easier to see how Eddie can plant up a whole 35-foot tower.

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So, you put in...

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Four different plants.

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I don't know the name of every plant that I grow,

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but as long as you put four plants in there,

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and within a couple of weeks, that'll be flourishing.

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Nicola, you had a lot of pots in your garden.

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-Didn't go so well.

-No.

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Why?

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I didn't know when to water them or how much to water them.

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That was the main issue.

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Watering them - make sure they don't go dry.

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As long as they're moist, that's good enough.

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You might not have room for a planting pylon on your patio,

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but don't be afraid to give container gardening a go,

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even if you've never gardened much before.

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It can be an easy and rewarding way to get started.

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Drainage is one of the keys

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to keeping your container plants from drowning.

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No matter what the plant, without drainage holes,

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its roots will rot.

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The bigger the plant, the bigger the pot you need to put it in.

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A bit of space and regularly refreshed compost

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will ensure healthy growth

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and long life for your plant.

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When choosing plants for your containers,

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make sure they all like the same conditions.

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All the plants in one pot

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should require the same amount of light and moisture.

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Back in Tredegar, AJ is starting work on his pallet master plan.

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He's got a table, a sofa and a vertical planter to knock up.

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-Hello, AJ.

-Hello, mate.

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How's it going? What's going on here?

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What are you building?

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-Your stand-alone flower thing.

-Are you really?

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I know you said about maybe having one stand-alone

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cos there isn't much wall space.

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So I thought, "How am I going to get a pallet just to stand by itself?"

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Without putting feet on it, might be a trip hazard, things like that.

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-So, I've cut some of these pallets down.

-Mmm.

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I've got one section there.

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Then there's going to be two sections on the two bit.

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And then three sections on the three bit.

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So your plants can go in here, here and here...

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here and here...

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and here.

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Your three, two, one.

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Yeah, I love it. I think it's absolutely brilliant.

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What's brilliant about this is that it's portable.

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You can move it around the garden,

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so you've got a forever-changing scenery.

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And also if you get tired of it, you can move it around.

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You can move it wherever you want.

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-What do you think?

-It's great, it's a great idea.

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-Well done, 10 out of 10.

-Thank you very much.

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With the frame of the planter done,

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AJ just needs to add a base to each planting trough,

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made from another piece of pallet.

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Just nailing these little slats on the bottom of here.

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So it'll hold the soil in.

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Haven't got to be very strong or anything like that

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because there's only a little bit of soil to go in there

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and a few nice little pretty planters.

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So in theory, there's a bit of a gap

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cos you still need drainage in these.

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While AJ carries on with the freestanding vertical planter...

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..I'm taking a moment with Nicola

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to find out how she manages to cope with so much going on in her life,

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and what a garden makeover would mean to her.

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Nicola, you're fighting fit now but your health hasn't been great

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in recent years, has it? Talk me through what's been going on.

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I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in March 2008,

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which is an inflammatory bowel disease.

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So I ended up...

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I was suffering with that for about two years before I had surgery.

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And it was quite a big surgery, wasn't it?

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That surgery I had in 2009 was I had my large intestine removed.

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-And it was a ten-hour operation.

-What are the long-term effects of a surgery like that?

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After the first surgery, I had what was called a sub-total colectomy,

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so I ended up with a ileostomy bag.

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And I have that now for the rest of my life,

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but I've learned to manage that, really,

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and because of how ill I was before having it,

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managing that is so easy

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compared to the complications of the disease itself.

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I'm really, really lucky because I know a lot of people

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who've been through the same sort of surgeries as me

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and they're not as healthy and not as fit as well as what I am,

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so I am really lucky with how things have turned out.

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I don't want to patronise you and say, "Oh, you are very upbeat

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"for something that's quite significant."

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-But you are.

-It's just one of those things that have happened,

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I think everyone at some point in their life goes through difficult things,

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and that was just one thing that, hopefully,

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I've come out of the other end of it and I'm fine. I've just got to make the most of feeling well.

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I imagine your job gives you quite a lot of perspective.

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Yes, because I work with children with disabilities.

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And the range of disabilities that I'm seeing on a daily basis in work,

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it does put things into perspective

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when you see what some of the families go through

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that I work with.

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How important is a garden to you?

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It would be really nice to have a space outside that we can use,

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which is like an extension of the home.

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But it's just been put on the back burner, really.

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You are pretty busy.

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Scott's not.

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So, really, the onus is on Scott to look after this garden.

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He should be doing more than what he is with the garden.

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He's never going to have any plants to maintain if we don't get to the garden centre.

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Let's go and get our shopping, Nicola.

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As we head off on our shopping trip,

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back in Tredegar, work is in full flow,

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and this garden is proving to be part makeover,

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part furniture removals for poor AJ.

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Hello, AJ. How are you?

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You look like a man out of breath.

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Yeah, I've just carried this up halfway the Welsh mountains for you.

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-Thank you very much.

-Where do you want it?

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-Come on, let's move it in where you want it to be.

-Let's move it in.

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Maybe a little bit of a brush down.

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Up there? On the tarpaulin.

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Let's leave it there for now.

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As the team get to work on painting the freestanding planter,

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there's still time and more than a few pallets left,

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so Danny and AJ have decided to knock up another vertical planter,

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which will be mounted to the wall.

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This is the pallet we are going to use for our vertical planter.

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So, here we are, one section, two section, three.

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Here are the pieces of wood I've pulled off one of the other pallets,

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which will be nailed underneath each of the sections.

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One...

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two...

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three.

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There we go, all sorted.

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Looks very rustic at the moment and a bit dirty,

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but once it's had a bit of a brush down,

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and then when Danny's painted it and then planted it,

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it'll look really good.

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Right, I'm go off up to the wall now.

0:24:450:24:46

Well, AJ, you certainly made light work of that,

0:24:460:24:49

but something tells me it's not all going to be plain sailing.

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Where do you want it? I thought we'd push it up against the wall.

0:24:530:24:56

-Up here.

-Where you want it?

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-Off the ground?

-Mmm.

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Oh, no, mate.

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We haven't got anything to get it off the ground.

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See, ideally, I would have preferred it off the ground,

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but if that's not possible...

0:25:060:25:07

How about...

0:25:070:25:09

I've got something in the van that would give it two legs.

0:25:100:25:13

It would look a bit more like a billboard up against the wall.

0:25:130:25:16

-That'd be better.

-Yeah?

0:25:160:25:17

The reason being is that I want to put trailers,

0:25:170:25:20

-trailing plants down there.

-Yeah, yeah. They're about this long.

0:25:200:25:23

-Would that be fine?

-That'd be great.

0:25:230:25:25

That will take the weight of it

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and then just two screws in the wall will hold it from falling.

0:25:260:25:29

That's brilliant. Something like that'd be fine.

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Adding legs to a vertical planter like this

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will redistribute the weight of the planter

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and ease the burden on the wall.

0:25:380:25:40

-AJ.

-Mmm?

-I love your legs.

0:25:400:25:43

-You've got great legs, mate.

-I know.

0:25:430:25:46

So that's going to take the weight of the pallet.

0:25:460:25:49

-So...

-It's going to screw in here now.

0:25:490:25:51

-Screw in the wall.

-Make a mark on the wall.

0:25:510:25:53

-And that'll be nice...

-Plug and a screw.

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Well done, AJ. Like a Scout, you are always prepared with a solution.

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And I'm always prepared to do a bit of shopping,

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as I am sure Nicola is, too.

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Danny has asked for three large plant pots,

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and I think we've come to just the right place.

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-Right, we're looking for big contemporary pots.

-OK.

0:26:100:26:15

I believe there are lots here.

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-You say pots...

-Yeah.

-..I bring you to a world of pots.

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In terms of colours, I'm guessing this is kind of the thing you like.

0:26:250:26:29

Yes, I do like a baby blue colour.

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I just wonder if they would go with anything else that they're planning in the garden.

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Is that your preferred style?

0:26:360:26:37

-Yeah.

-That kind of country cottage, pretty...

-Yeah.

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OK.

0:26:410:26:42

-Now, these are the same sort of shape but a lot darker.

-Yeah.

0:26:430:26:47

Completely different sort of thing going on over here.

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Terracotta, maybe something you'd see

0:26:490:26:51

-in a sort of Mediterranean-type garden.

-Yeah.

0:26:510:26:54

-What about those?

-Yeah, those...

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Cos they are the more neutral colours, yeah, I like them ones.

0:26:550:26:59

-Very sort of modern, contemporary marbley ones.

-Yeah.

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Again, if it matches everything else that they've done the garden,

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then I would prefer to have those than more of the country ones.

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We heard from our good friend Eddie, with his flower tower, that the bigger the pot...

0:27:100:27:14

The easier to maintain, yeah.

0:27:140:27:16

Easier to look after, which is probably quite key for you.

0:27:160:27:18

-Yeah.

-These are really natural.

0:27:180:27:20

-Yeah.

-But down here is something a bit more contemporary.

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I'm not sensing a lot of love for those, Nicola.

0:27:240:27:26

I don't know, because I don't know what flowers

0:27:260:27:29

they're putting in them or what's going around them.

0:27:290:27:31

I like the look of them.

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Let's get some help.

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I know a man. Head this way. THEY LAUGH

0:27:340:27:38

It's our friend Tony again.

0:27:380:27:39

Not just helpful with pallets.

0:27:390:27:41

Tony, sorry to interrupt.

0:27:420:27:44

-Hello.

-This is Nicola.

0:27:440:27:45

-Hi, Nicola.

-Hiya, nice to meet you.

-And you.

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We are looking for three pots.

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-Right.

-But, to be honest, we're spoilt for choice.

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There are so many different pots, shapes, sizes, colours, textures.

0:27:520:27:56

-Where do you start?

-You start with what the end product is going to be.

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So, essentially, if it's a big plant that is going to grow to a big size,

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you want a big pot.

0:28:030:28:05

Preferably round, cos a round pot, the roots will grow around the pot.

0:28:050:28:08

If it's a square pot, roots grow to corners

0:28:080:28:10

and roots don't like corners.

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So for most people's bedding, which is summer bedding, fuchsias,

0:28:120:28:16

geraniums, flowers, not so fussy, because they don't grow to be old.

0:28:160:28:20

They don't have large root structures.

0:28:200:28:23

But if it's things that are going to be more established and last longer,

0:28:230:28:26

longer term, ideally, a round pot,

0:28:260:28:28

because you get better growth cos you get a rounder root bowl

0:28:280:28:31

and they prefer that.

0:28:310:28:32

Would you plant something different in this huge round pot,

0:28:320:28:37

compared to this little oval pot,

0:28:370:28:39

compared to this oblong-shaped pot?

0:28:390:28:42

Would you plant different things in those?

0:28:420:28:44

Yes, essentially.

0:28:440:28:45

-OK.

-Because, I mean, these are more...

0:28:450:28:47

That's due to the design of the pot more so than the planting structure.

0:28:470:28:51

These are classic, old, English, fire-glazed pot.

0:28:510:28:56

More designed for alpines, violas, cos that is the right kind of look.

0:28:560:29:00

-OK.

-I think it's more so...

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It's not just about the pots, it's about the overall look,

0:29:030:29:06

in that if you put something that didn't work in there...

0:29:060:29:09

If you put a conifer in there, it wouldn't really work.

0:29:090:29:12

-Yes.

-It's more of a softer pot, more delicate, small flowers,

0:29:120:29:16

more sort of childlike, if you like.

0:29:160:29:18

-We don't know what is going into Nicola's garden.

-Right.

0:29:180:29:21

So could we look at a few generic pots that might work, for instance?

0:29:210:29:24

-Yes.

-Let's go and look at some of these over here.

0:29:240:29:28

Who knew there was so much to think about when buying pots?

0:29:280:29:31

I think this is going to take some time.

0:29:310:29:33

Back in the garden, AJ is turning his attention to the corner seat,

0:29:330:29:37

which will comprise of three sections

0:29:370:29:39

that can be pushed together to create an L-shaped sofa

0:29:390:29:42

or used separately as a table and chairs.

0:29:420:29:44

Right, then.

0:29:460:29:47

I've got these red pallets here, ready to make the corner seat.

0:29:470:29:51

So, the first thing I'm going to do is put some legs on it, so, I'm going to turn it on its belly...

0:29:510:29:56

..just to cut off some of this bit of wood that's in the way.

0:29:570:30:01

This is what I'm going to use for the legs.

0:30:060:30:09

They're all cut to the same size.

0:30:090:30:11

That's going to make my job a lot easier.

0:30:110:30:13

Just put them in, butt them up against there,

0:30:130:30:16

a couple of screws on all the legs and then turn it over

0:30:160:30:19

and put one in the top, just for strength.

0:30:190:30:21

I'm going to do another two like this,

0:30:300:30:32

so we're going to have one there,

0:30:320:30:34

one here and then the L-shaped leg here.

0:30:340:30:38

Just to show you the height of the seat.

0:30:380:30:41

This is what I'm going to do with the second thing.

0:30:410:30:45

But that's in theory.

0:30:450:30:46

I think that's perfect seating for relaxing.

0:30:460:30:51

And then, potentially, lie back and enjoy the sunshine...

0:30:510:30:57

..when we get it.

0:30:580:31:00

Those two days of the year,

0:31:000:31:02

it'll be brilliant.

0:31:020:31:03

Come on, AJ, there's no time for that.

0:31:040:31:06

-Right.

-We've only got three hours to get this garden finished.

0:31:060:31:09

And there we have, in theory, one pallet what Danny's ordered up.

0:31:090:31:15

I'll get that up now,

0:31:150:31:16

because I know Danny's got to get these painted

0:31:160:31:18

and time is getting on.

0:31:180:31:19

That's more like it.

0:31:200:31:22

Time to get all these pallets up to the garden.

0:31:220:31:24

AJ has enlisted Luke and Scott to help.

0:31:240:31:27

Once in position, each piece of the furniture puzzle

0:31:270:31:29

can be screwed together.

0:31:290:31:31

Meanwhile, with only a few hours left,

0:31:310:31:33

Danny is filling up the freestanding vertical planter

0:31:330:31:36

with water-retaining succulents.

0:31:360:31:39

I'm going to plant this planter with succulents.

0:31:390:31:42

They like free-draining soil and that's the reason I'm using them.

0:31:420:31:45

The other reason I'm using them is that,

0:31:450:31:47

because they like free-draining soil,

0:31:470:31:49

you're not going to have to water them so often,

0:31:490:31:52

which is great for Scott and Nicola,

0:31:520:31:54

because I know they want a low-maintenance garden.

0:31:540:31:56

You can tell a succulent by its waxy, fleshy leaf.

0:31:560:32:00

And just look at that. Because it's got the ability to store water.

0:32:000:32:03

So it can store water for a long time and look after itself,

0:32:030:32:07

just like a camel.

0:32:070:32:08

And these lewisias, they grow in the mountains of North America.

0:32:080:32:14

And they will grow out of the sides, out of crevices.

0:32:140:32:17

So, they don't need to take in much to survive.

0:32:170:32:21

They need very little soil and they need very little water.

0:32:210:32:24

The idea is to pack these in, so there's loads of colour

0:32:240:32:28

and these lewisias,

0:32:280:32:29

they will flower from spring right through to the autumn.

0:32:290:32:33

Now look at that. That looks great against the black of the planters.

0:32:330:32:36

I think that works really wonderfully well.

0:32:360:32:38

A fantastic plant.

0:32:380:32:40

There are many varieties of easy-to-care-for plants around

0:32:410:32:44

and if you're looking for ones that require little to no maintenance,

0:32:440:32:48

it's a good idea to choose ones that are specially adapted

0:32:480:32:51

to arid conditions, such as succulents.

0:32:510:32:54

Succulent plants are often grown for their ornamental value.

0:32:570:33:00

Because of their sculptural and unusual appearance,

0:33:000:33:03

they look particularly striking against stone and brick.

0:33:030:33:05

They usually have thickened and swollen fleshy leaves and stems,

0:33:070:33:11

designed to retain water.

0:33:110:33:13

They can also display waxy, hairy,

0:33:130:33:15

or spiny surfaces to create a humid micro-habitat around the plant.

0:33:150:33:19

They need almost no watering and very little soil,

0:33:200:33:24

so they are extremely easy to care for.

0:33:240:33:27

The most common in the UK are known as hens and chickens

0:33:270:33:30

because the parent plants throw out

0:33:300:33:32

masses of small offspring, the chicks.

0:33:320:33:34

To create more new plants for free,

0:33:340:33:36

simply break off the baby plants

0:33:360:33:38

and push them gently into a rocky crevice

0:33:380:33:41

or any other well-drained spot.

0:33:410:33:42

While Danny cracks on planting his easy-to-maintain succulents,

0:33:460:33:49

back at the garden centre,

0:33:490:33:51

Nicola and I are feeling quite overwhelmed

0:33:510:33:53

by the sheer amount of pots on offer.

0:33:530:33:55

There are so many different pots in here, Tony.

0:33:550:33:58

A lot of people will be like Nicola,

0:33:580:34:00

in that they'll have decking or yards or gravel areas.

0:34:000:34:03

And, if they want colours and flowers and foliage,

0:34:030:34:06

they're going to need to put things in pots.

0:34:060:34:08

You keep mentioning style.

0:34:080:34:09

Would you say it's important to match?

0:34:090:34:11

The customer has got to like the end result.

0:34:110:34:14

So it's not for me to judge what you buy, because that's what you like.

0:34:140:34:18

And if that's your taste, that's what you should have in your garden.

0:34:180:34:21

Nicola, it's your garden, so it's up to you.

0:34:210:34:23

I don't think I can make a decision,

0:34:240:34:26

cos I don't know what they're doing in the garden.

0:34:260:34:29

I would prefer to have ones that match with everything else

0:34:290:34:33

than just to go for what I like and then it just looks ridiculous with the rest of the garden.

0:34:330:34:37

-Looks a bit random.

-Yeah.

-As you said, stick to the style.

0:34:370:34:39

-Yes.

-Well, I think we could break The Instant Gardener rules

0:34:390:34:42

and phone Scott. At least get an indication of what they are doing.

0:34:420:34:45

-Yeah.

-So you can get something that fits.

-OK.

-Tony, thank you for your advice and help.

0:34:450:34:49

-No worries. Good luck. Give me a shout if you need any help with the pots.

-Thank you.

-Thanks.

0:34:490:34:53

Right, let's phone Scott.

0:34:530:34:55

Tony says it's important to think about style

0:34:550:34:57

when picking out plant pots,

0:34:570:34:59

but as Nicola has no idea what sort of garden Danny has in mind for her,

0:34:590:35:03

she's going to call Scott,

0:35:030:35:04

who can hopefully shed some light on exactly what Nicola needs to get.

0:35:040:35:08

PHONE RINGS

0:35:080:35:10

-Hello.

-Hello. We're looking at pots.

0:35:100:35:12

And we've got hundreds and hundreds of different types of pots here.

0:35:120:35:16

There are ones that I really like,

0:35:160:35:18

but I don't want to get them

0:35:180:35:19

if they don't go with anything else that they're doing in the garden.

0:35:190:35:24

Yeah, the problem we've got here is there's quite a lot of colour.

0:35:240:35:27

So, I'd be thinking that if you get something that's sort of colourful,

0:35:280:35:34

it's going to be a bit too much colour going on in the garden.

0:35:340:35:37

-Right.

-So, we were sort of hoping

0:35:370:35:39

that you would go for the more charcoaly, black,

0:35:390:35:43

sort of contemporary sort of colours.

0:35:430:35:45

So we'll have more of a theme, rather than lots of colour.

0:35:450:35:49

Could we get away with the shabby chic style of pots,

0:35:490:35:54

but in a neutral colour?

0:35:540:35:57

Or should we go for the really contemporary, minimalist,

0:35:570:36:01

think square and clean lines?

0:36:010:36:04

Can we...? Or have we got to have those ones?

0:36:040:36:06

I think we are more concerned with colour rather than style, Danny?

0:36:060:36:09

Is that right?

0:36:090:36:10

Well, more colour than style, yeah.

0:36:100:36:13

-More colour.

-More colour.

0:36:130:36:14

It's more of a colour issue with us, rather than the style.

0:36:140:36:17

Style doesn't matter,

0:36:170:36:20

as long as they're more neutral.

0:36:200:36:22

Just go for the more sort of...

0:36:220:36:24

yeah, more neutral sort of coloured ones, I would.

0:36:240:36:27

-OK.

-Rather than the colour ones. OK?

0:36:270:36:29

But style doesn't matter,

0:36:290:36:30

whether it's modern or whether it's more traditional,

0:36:300:36:33

style doesn't matter?

0:36:330:36:34

Do you understand what I'm saying?

0:36:340:36:36

Yeah, I think so, yeah.

0:36:360:36:38

-You think so?

-Yeah.

-THEY LAUGH

0:36:380:36:40

OK. No problem.

0:36:400:36:41

-I'll speak to you later.

-OK. Ta-ra.

0:36:410:36:45

At the risk of tarring all men with the same brush, his head is exploding now, isn't it?

0:36:450:36:49

-Probably.

-You said, "What style do you want?" He's like, "Too many questions."

0:36:490:36:52

-He's thinking, "Style, what is that?"

-Yeah. THEY LAUGH

0:36:520:36:55

"As long as you're happy, I'm happy."

0:36:550:36:57

-Yeah.

-Something dark.

0:36:570:36:58

I think we can find that.

0:36:580:37:01

OK. I think that's clear.

0:37:010:37:03

Large, neutral pots, preferably dark in colour.

0:37:030:37:06

-Well...

-Yeah, these ones...

0:37:070:37:09

-We were told to get big ones. They're the biggest.

-Yeah, these are the biggest, aren't they?

0:37:090:37:13

Shall we get three of those? Are they taller than those? Yeah.

0:37:130:37:15

-Yeah.

-That's about my knee height.

0:37:150:37:18

Or the square version? Round or square?

0:37:180:37:20

-Round, yeah.

-OK. Let's get three of those.

-Yeah.

0:37:200:37:22

Because I am like a bull in a china shop, I'm going to get Tony to get those,

0:37:230:37:27

rather than try and crash through them and get them out.

0:37:270:37:29

-One, two, three?

-Yeah.

0:37:290:37:31

-Happy?

-Yeah.

0:37:310:37:33

Scott's not, but anyway...

0:37:330:37:34

Now time to get these pots in the car and head back to the garden,

0:37:350:37:39

where Danny has an unusual idea to put Scott.

0:37:390:37:42

But, with time running out, and the weather turning again,

0:37:420:37:45

will Danny's bright idea be a stroke of genius or a total wash-out?

0:37:450:37:49

I'm going to make a turf seat here.

0:37:490:37:51

I take it you've never heard of a turf seat?

0:37:510:37:53

-No.

-A turf seat, basically,

0:37:530:37:55

is something that you can sit on that's made out of turf.

0:37:550:37:58

The way we're going to do that is

0:37:580:38:00

we're going to put hessian round the edge...

0:38:000:38:02

-Right, OK.

-..and then soil within the hessian,

0:38:020:38:04

so the hessian's containing the soil.

0:38:040:38:06

-Right, OK.

-And we're putting in a false bottom.

0:38:060:38:09

-You can see the start of it here.

-Yeah.

0:38:090:38:10

And then we're going to fill that up to the top with soil

0:38:100:38:13

and then the turf's going to go on top.

0:38:130:38:16

And all you need to do every couple of weeks,

0:38:160:38:19

-just give it a trim with a pair of shears.

-With some shears?

-And that's it.

0:38:190:38:22

-What do you think of the idea?

-I... Mind-blowing, if I'm being honest.

0:38:220:38:25

HE LAUGHS

0:38:250:38:28

Hessian is a cheap way of hiding the false bottom

0:38:280:38:31

and giving the turf seat a nice shabby chic finish.

0:38:310:38:34

Turf is very easy to look after.

0:38:360:38:39

It will grow on that much of soil.

0:38:390:38:43

All Scott will need to do is keep it watered.

0:38:430:38:46

And I'm going to lay the turf

0:38:460:38:47

and I'm just cutting carefully round the edge,

0:38:470:38:50

so that all fits nice and snug.

0:38:500:38:51

Snug as a bug in a rug.

0:38:530:38:55

With the final piece of furniture in place,

0:38:560:38:58

it's time for me to deliver the troublesome pots.

0:38:580:39:01

But what will Danny and Scott think of them?

0:39:010:39:03

-Chaps!

-Hello, Helen.

0:39:040:39:06

You've been busy.

0:39:060:39:08

-There's one pot.

-Oh, thank you.

0:39:080:39:10

-Let's put this down on the ground for now.

-I love these pallets, they look brilliant.

0:39:100:39:14

Yeah, I'm really proud of those. I think they look fantastic, as well.

0:39:140:39:17

-What's that?

-That's a turf seat.

0:39:170:39:19

-Oh.

-Yeah.

0:39:190:39:20

Have you ever seen one? What?

0:39:200:39:22

-What you laughing at?

-Look at him.

0:39:220:39:23

Look at his face!

0:39:230:39:24

-HE LAUGHS Are you all right, Scott?

-I'm fine, yeah.

0:39:240:39:27

No, he's done all right. I think he's worried.

0:39:270:39:29

-Worried about Nicola?

-Yeah, yeah.

-He's hoping that she's going to like it.

0:39:290:39:32

I did get the impression from the pot phone call

0:39:320:39:34

that she knows what she likes and she likes what she knows.

0:39:340:39:39

-Yeah.

-She's got quite a distinct taste, hasn't she?

0:39:390:39:41

It was just the vocabulary that she was throwing at me.

0:39:410:39:44

-It was blowing my mind slightly.

-I did say, I think there's probably husbands all over the country

0:39:440:39:49

-who empathise with that conversation.

-Yeah.

-But will that suffice?

0:39:490:39:52

-That is great. I like it.

-It's not what you originally wanted, but, let's be honest...

0:39:520:39:57

-It's not...

-..you're not going to argue with the girls.

0:39:570:39:59

No, I'm not going to argue with the girls, and it's all about compromise. So, that's fine.

0:39:590:40:03

-Would you like me to pot these up for you?

-You could help me. That'd be great.

-OK.

-OK.

0:40:030:40:07

Right, I'll get the pots, I'll pot them up.

0:40:070:40:09

We'll get the show on the road.

0:40:090:40:10

See you soon.

0:40:100:40:11

THEY LAUGH Two broken men - I love it.

0:40:110:40:13

That's right.

0:40:130:40:15

It might have been a day of lashing wet weather,

0:40:150:40:18

but, finally, the finish line is in sight.

0:40:180:40:20

And not a moment too soon.

0:40:200:40:22

Right, let's go for it. Five minutes.

0:40:220:40:23

Let's get tidy, let's get going.

0:40:230:40:25

At the start of the day, this garden was nothing but a drab, empty space

0:40:350:40:40

with slippery algae-fied decking.

0:40:400:40:42

But now it's a contemporary outdoor room, perfect for entertaining,

0:40:460:40:51

relaxing and socialising.

0:40:510:40:53

Splashes of brightly-coloured paint, juxtaposed with striking furniture,

0:40:560:41:00

creates a modern, funky vibe to this previously unloved space,

0:41:000:41:06

with a plethora of seating options, made from recycled pallets,

0:41:060:41:09

perfect for any number of guests.

0:41:090:41:12

The carefully chosen pots are now home

0:41:130:41:15

to these theme-fitting pink cordylines

0:41:150:41:18

and home-made upcycled pallet planters

0:41:180:41:20

are stuffed with pretty, low-maintenance succulents,

0:41:200:41:23

which are ideal for this busy couple.

0:41:230:41:26

And all of this was done in one day and on a tiny budget.

0:41:260:41:31

It's time to see what Nicola makes of her new-look garden.

0:41:310:41:34

Step this way.

0:41:340:41:36

This morning, it was a box.

0:41:360:41:39

-SHE GASPS

-It's nice, innit?

0:41:390:41:40

These are lovely.

0:41:400:41:42

Ah, look at that!

0:41:420:41:44

-Like it?

-Ah, yeah. It's lovely.

0:41:450:41:47

-Oh, you've worked hard.

-I know.

0:41:470:41:49

-And the lights.

-And the pots.

0:41:490:41:51

And the pots look lovely with it.

0:41:510:41:53

-SHE LAUGHS

-Yeah, it's lovely.

0:41:530:41:57

-What's that?

-That's a...

0:41:570:41:59

-a turf...

-A turf seat.

0:41:590:42:01

Ah! It looks nice, I like it.

0:42:010:42:04

I like that, yeah.

0:42:040:42:06

And I love the flowers on there.

0:42:060:42:08

That's really, really pretty.

0:42:080:42:10

-I love that.

-You see what they're made out of?

0:42:100:42:13

-Pallet things, is it?

-Pallets, yeah.

-Yeah, they're lovely.

0:42:130:42:15

We've used recycled pallets

0:42:150:42:17

-and AJ's worked really hard today to bring it all together.

-Well done.

0:42:170:42:21

SHE LAUGHS

0:42:210:42:22

-My pleasure.

-Yeah, I love it. It's really, really nice.

0:42:220:42:25

And it's not too much.

0:42:250:42:26

Cos when you said on the phone there was lots of colour,

0:42:260:42:29

I thought I was going to come out here and it was going to be like a rainbow, but it's not.

0:42:290:42:33

And it all complements.

0:42:330:42:35

What do you think the pink wall?

0:42:350:42:36

Oh, I didn't notice that!

0:42:360:42:38

Yeah, it's lovely.

0:42:380:42:40

Scott says that pink is one of your favourite colours.

0:42:400:42:43

-Is it?

-You're supposed to say yes.

0:42:430:42:46

No, I...

0:42:460:42:48

-It's fine.

-I do... I do like pink.

0:42:480:42:50

To be honest, pinks and purples are my favourites.

0:42:500:42:53

-Are they?

-Yeah, it's really, really pretty.

0:42:530:42:55

-Are you happy with these pots, or would you rather have got black ones?

-Yeah. I think those look...

0:42:550:42:59

-..those look lovely.

-They look great.

0:42:590:43:01

Yeah. And they still go with the general theme, as well,

0:43:010:43:05

cos that's what we were trying to get at.

0:43:050:43:07

That's what we were trying to get from you, Scott. Do you think you'll use this space now?

0:43:070:43:11

Yeah, definitely.

0:43:110:43:12

I love the seating area down the bottom.

0:43:120:43:14

-Cos we didn't really know how to sort of section it off, either, did we?

-Yeah.

0:43:140:43:17

-So, I think it's clear that that area can be like a chill-out...

-And it's a big space, as well...

0:43:170:43:22

-Yeah.

-..so you can fit more than two people on there, if we had people over, which is ideal.

-Yeah.

0:43:220:43:27

-It's lovely.

-Yeah? Good.

-Thank you very much.

-That's OK, pleasure.

0:43:270:43:30

I think this is a brilliant space.

0:43:300:43:32

-Yeah.

-Guys, you've done an amazing job.

0:43:320:43:34

Nicola, I hope you enjoy it.

0:43:340:43:36

I can see you lot having parties out here.

0:43:360:43:37

-Yeah.

-Enjoying sunrise, sunset.

0:43:370:43:40

-Yeah.

-A fab space for a fun couple.

0:43:400:43:43

-Job well done, guys.

-Thank you.

0:43:430:43:45

Team, go and have an explore,

0:43:450:43:46

have a wander round, take in the garden,

0:43:460:43:48

because there is lots to see.

0:43:480:43:49

-Enjoy. Good job.

-Thank you.

-You're going to get a list of chores now, aren't you?

-I know.

0:43:490:43:53

-Have a look around.

-Right.

-Go, go, go.

-Thank you, guys.

-I think you should go and have a sit down.

0:43:530:43:57

-Yeah, I think I will.

-Or a lie down.

0:43:570:43:59

Good job. Good job!

0:43:590:44:01

Nicola and Scott wanted a space that they can socialise in,

0:44:020:44:05

and they've certainly got that.

0:44:050:44:07

With a bit of creativity and a bit of colour,

0:44:070:44:10

they've got an outdoor room perfect for partying in.

0:44:100:44:12

Join us next time for another instant garden.

0:44:120:44:15

Presenter Helen Skelton, garden designer Danny Clarke and the team turn a boring and unused deck in Tredegar into a stylish and low-maintenance outdoor room, complete with handmade garden furniture.