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Empty Sunflower Seeds?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 01:47

I can't see exactly from the photo, but empty husks either mean low pollination or the birds got there first! 

The middle flowers are the last to develop and be pollinated.

indoor gardening

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 10:43

Like Fleurisa I do the actual 'gardening' outside.  I do feeding, watering and tidying-up indoors but everything else outside.

I will be planting up bowls of winter bulbs outside and bring them in to flower.  I germinate seeds in a propagator indoors.

I only asked if you knew about indoor gardening to gauge your expertise, as you didn't say in your original post.

indoor gardening

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 09:51

Do you know anything about indoor gardening?  Have you visited a garden centre to see what is available?  Have you asked your family members?  Have you visited the library?

This is a vast subject going from the odd herb plant on a window sill to full-blown conservatories.

Good luck with your A Levels.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 09:33

You really have done the right thing by putting lime render on your outside wall.  This allows the wall to breathe.

Our neighbours put a waterproof coating on their gable-end, which they have to come onto our land to maintain.  It would never occur to us to stop the workmen coming back to re-do it, over and over again!  The only stipulation we make is that they clear up after themselves.

Both our and their house are stone built.  Fingers crossed, we have lime render which should not need anything done to it for at least 10 years. I love the way it changes colour as it dries out and then when it gets wet when it rains.

We have no damp course and I would assume, not much foundation either.

Autumn Onion Sets

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 23:47

Start your onion sets off in modules, until they have roots.  It is birds thinking the tops are food, or whatever blackbirds think.

Yes, its birds what done it!

Alternatively put some mesh over them.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 23:43

Be aware that if the problem is worked around now when you come to sell your buyer's surveyor may see the problem and flag it up. It won't go away if the banked up garden next door is not tackled, unfortunately.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 19:00

If a surveyor comes to see the problem, drop a note in through the neighbour's door, saying the surveyor will need access to the wall.  He may refuse, but realistically from what you describe the wall must be inspected at some point.

If the extension was built many, many years ago the neighbouring garden must have been put against the extension comparatively recently.  The Edwardians didn't go in for patios.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:19

This can only be sorted out by a surveyor.  Gail mentions another damp specialist visiting on Thursday.  I have rather a jaundiced view of damp specialists, especially where stone-built properties are concerned.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:23

By all means consult a solicitor, maybe your home insurance has a legal expenses clause, but be aware that going to court is not for the faint-hearted and it is very, very, very expensive.  It will take far longer than you could imagine, and you want this problem sorted soon.

Do not let anybody persuade you that a damp-proof course will cure this.  They are wrong, and it will not.

The 7 Habits of Successful Gardeners

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:15

I am not sure that plants get everything they need from compost.  Some handsful of fertilizer won't come amiss.

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