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Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:16

Hm... how would I go about reaching this 'housing officer' character? I've never heard of it before. My grandma doesn't seem to know either and she owns the flat.

To be honest I feel most for the lady on the ground floor. She struggles a bit on her feet so garden work is difficult for her and her carer does some of it. No wonder I haven't seen her out there in a long time now, it must be disheartening.

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:47

I live in a block of flats so our garden is shared between 4 different households. However only myself and the lady on the ground floor actually use it. I don't have many plants, only two actually. A mint plant my grandma bought from the store, was only meant to last 4 months in the kitchen but planting it outside gave it a new lease of life and it's been going strong and flowering even.

My grandma then bought a rosemary and again it wasn't faring well indoors so I put it in the ground outside, again it's started to flourish from being outdoors.

The problem is that whenever it comes to summer and the council men come to do work on the plants in the area, depending on who's on the job I can sometimes come back to find the mint completely gone. Fortunately the rosemary hasn't been affected because I was able to tell the guy this time, but I'm not always around. Another neighbour on the opposite side lost her lavender to the strimmers and the lady on the ground floor lost her shrubs to it too. We have tried putting little fences around them but they just got mangled by the council guy's lawnmower as he went right over them and the plants too.

They also use weed killer so one side of my rosemary is all yellow (the side closest to the path, you can see the strip of yellow grass). I'm reluctant to even use it any more in case there are still poisons in the plant.

I have emailed the council many times about this right back at the first incident and they always deny that it happened but that they'll give their guys a 'talk' anyway. Nothing ever changes.

Do I actually have any rights to that bit of garden downstairs? Or is it owned by the council? 

New and having problems

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:30

I can't upload any avatar either. I don't even get the "1 file" thing. I ckick browse, get my avatar and then hot open. It takes me back to the screen with browse, save and facebook but nothing has changed. Clicked save anyway and my avatar is still this creepy faceless thing you see to my left.

Lavender seeds won't germinate

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:17

How long do you think I should wait?

Lavender seeds won't germinate

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 11:13

My grandma got this mother's day box of lavender seeds with the soil and basket. I followed the instructions when planting, taking special care not to cover the seeds with too much soil. It just says that once the seeds are planted in the basket they should be left outside in the shade until they sprout, then put them in the sunlight and separate them once they get bigger, dispose of weak ones, and so-on.

I didn't have an outdoor space in the shade so I have them in my room on my chest of drawers in the shade because my bedroom is the most similar place in the house to outside. It's always cool but quite a stable temperature (never goes above 15 or below 10) and the window is almost always open but light still bounces around the room even though the curtains provide shade for the basket of planted seeds.

I've kept the soil moist but not soaking and two weeks later not a single seed has sprouted. Have I done something wrong that might not have been mentioned in the instructions?

Lavender seeds won't germinate

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 11:13

My grandma got this mother's day box of lavender seeds with the soil and basket. I followed the instructions when planting, taking special care not to cover the seeds with too much soil. It just says that once the seeds are planted in the basket they should be left outside in the shade until they sprout, then put them in the sunlight and separate them once they get bigger, dispose of weak ones, and so-on.

I didn't have an outdoor space in the shade so I have them in my room on my chest of drawers in the shade because my bedroom is the most similar place in the house to outside. It's always cool but quite a stable temperature (never goes above 15 or below 10) and the window is almost always open but light still bounces around the room even though the curtains provide shade for the basket of planted seeds.

I've kept the soil moist but not soaking and two weeks later not a single seed has sprouted. Have I done something wrong that might not have been mentioned in the instructions?

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