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"Ground Force" Practical Garden Projects [Paperback]

Tommy Walsh
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2 Mar 2000 Ground Force
A guide to transforming your garden into the equivalent of an outdoor room. A variety of simple projects include: hedges and edges; clearing and levelling; paving and turf; timber - decking, arches, trellises, sheds and summerhouses; and living in the garden - barbecues, sandpits, seats and tables.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (2 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056355147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563551478
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the TV Ground Force garden make-over team swoops in to transform some hapless plot into an eye-stretching fantasy in a matter of hours, Tommy Walsh's building skills are crucial to the success of each project. Whether laying decking, putting down paving slabs, building walls or pouring concrete, his contributions are the structural elements that help shape a garden and give it focus. Often relegated to the background behind his hyperactive colleagues, in Ground Force Practical Garden Projects he has the stage to himself. The result is DIY heaven. If you have ever wanted to lay a patio, put up a pergola or erect a wall, but felt that the task was beyond you (perhaps rightly), then look no further. Tommy Walsh offers a range of robust, attractive and worthwhile structural projects for the small-to-average sized garden that should be within the competence of anyone capable of working out which end of a screwdriver is the business end. An introduction sets the would-be garden architect straight in matters such as planning, materials, basic techniques and safety; then follow sections dealing with Borders and Edges, Paving the Way, Timber Decks (something of a favourite of the author's) and Furniture and Features. A set of FAQs is followed by a list of UK stockists and suppliers. The only worry is that it's all made to look so reasonable and easy. That can't be right surely? --Robin Davidson

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There’s a real sense of change pulsing through Scottish food culture. Chefs all over the country are getting hold of the best raw produce they can find and working wonders with it - which shouldn’t be too hard, as what makes Scottish cooking unique is what makes it universal: fine produce. After all, you don’t have to be a person of consequence to make the best out of good ingredients.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful unless you're into woodsheds 14 Sep 2001
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If you are looking to buy this book because you want to build a deck, don't buy this book but look at the "Complete Guide to Decks" book instead.
Tommy gives you only a fraction of the information you really NEED to build a deck that will last and look the best.
If you want to make a wooden table or woodshed, or build a wall then maybe this book is of use. But there are a lot better books out there. This is just a spin off from the BBC series and not worth the money.
Tommy you know you can do better really don't you?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 9 Feb 2013
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Perfect for the small projects, easy to use on all garden projects. This is my second copy, having lost my first one !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide for a beginner 10 Nov 2012
By Dave
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The book was interesting. More info. on content would be beneficial beforehand. Not for the experienced DIYer, but good for a starter needing guidance and advice.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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My first impression of the book was that it was a little small for what I expected it to cover. However, a read through showed me that It really had all the activities I was interested in. The problem is that the author assumes a level of building knowledge that not every one has to cover the gaps in the discription. In short I would have liked a little more detail
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