It’s almost 20 years since Charlie Dimmock made her name as the expert gardener on Ground Force. Now, the 49-year-old is fronting a new programme, Garden Rescue.

Along with that, she has a range of gardening tools and equipment with Poundland.

It includes everything for the first-time gardener such hand tools, bird feeders, mosaic solar lights and gloves – and as Charlie, says, it proves you don’t have to be rich to develop your green fingers.

“I know that gardening is perceived to be an expensive hobby, but, like most things, you can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want,” she says.

“So go for smaller plants, which actually are easier to establish, rather than going for big instant planting - there’s less work involved. 

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“My range is accessible and affordable to everyone and has some great equipment - if you’re on a budget, the hand tools are good quality and strong. And there are daily products which get used up quickly like labels, ties, and slow-release fertilizer, plus the ornamental bits really allow you to put your personality on your garden.”

1. Charlie Dimmock’s top tips for first-time gardeners

“Being a first time gardening can be a bit daunting and intimidating but a few simple Dos and Don’ts really help start you off…”

2. Just get out there

“Do some research, but don’t get bogged down in it - looking too hard can lead to confusion and getting in a muddle. By getting out there and actually giving it a go, you’ll learn from your mistakes and quickly work out the best way of doing the job.”

3. Be realistic

“Don’t try to take on too much at once, as you may find the maintenance required will take up all your time and then gardening becomes a chore – not only will you stop enjoying it, but you’ll get behind and the garden will suffer.”

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4. Combine pretty and practical

“If you’re designing a garden, keep in mind that you want the garden to be not only pretty but practical i.e. somewhere for the dustbins and washing line and maintenance that is straight-forward. This also applies to the plants you select, if you don’t have much spare time, don’t go for plants that require lots of pampering.”

5. Keep it simple

“When you’re new to gardening, by keeping it simple you’ll succeed more readily, which will not only boost your confidence, but increase your knowledge and lead to you taking on more complicated and involved gardening projects.”

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