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Charlie Dimmock

128 page paperback

BBC Books

"Ground Force" Container Gardening by Charlie Dimmock

Review

Following on from the success of her Water Garden Workbook, Ground Force's Charlie Dimmock returns - this time to help you tackle your containers. Whether you're aiming to achieve instant colour at any time of year or simply to brighten up a dull patio, containers are the perfect solution and a vital part in many of the Ground Force gardens. Here Charlie shows you how to create 25 stunning arrangements. Each 'recipe' is accompanied by a photograph of the finished result, an 'ingredients' list of what you need and a step-by-step guide on how to put everything together. With suggestions for window boxes and baskets as well as a wonderful range of containers, there's sure to be something to inspire you to have a go. And to make sure you know how to keep your containers in really top condition, Charlie includes an introductory chapter covering the different types of containers on offer as well as advice on everything from compost and watering to how to deal with pests and diseases.

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80 pages hardcover

A joy to read!

The Wildlife Pond Handbook by Charlie Dimmock (foreword) , Louise Bardsley and Wildlife Trusts

Review

With around 200,000 garden ponds in the Greater London area alone, ponds are one of the most appealing and vibrant small-scale wildlife habitats. Almost one in ten British gardens actually have a pond and it is seen as a growth area both by garden centres and conservation organizations alike. With this book wildlife and garden enthusiasts can discover and explore the world of ponds: from bugs, beetles and dragonflies, to frogs, newts, birds and bats. It offers clear step-by-step instructions on how to plan, design, site and build small and large ponds for wildlife and is full of suggestions on how to encourage different plants and animals. Also included are details on a wide variety of plants, tips on how to maintain your pond through the seasons and clear, annotated diagrams on its construction.

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160 page hardcover

Ground Force Container Gardening by Charlie Dimmock

Review

Advice on maintaining the garden without it taking over your life. The book has sections allocated to each of the authors' specialities. Alan talks about plant choice and general care; Charlie deals with containers, ponds and fountains; and Tommy looks after fences, furniture and hard surfaces.

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