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Clarington

I'm sure there is no "right" time frame Nutty as people's gardens will dry out at difference rates depending on where they are. I forsee this thread (or ones similar) remaining high on the board for months if not a year yet.

It is however wonderful to see you going to this effort to help others.

nutcutlet

It's not going to be a quick fix for sure.

Clarington

I'd love to see these make over shows that seem to fill day time television (inbetween the shows about sleeping with your partners brother or having six children by the time you're 23) get in on the action and offer to do over a few gardens in such a way as to show others how you can achieve a bit of a quick fix to please the eye and heart in pots and such like while the land itself recovers.

nutcutlet

good idea Clarington. Maybe someone will take it up

Rosie31

That's a good idea, Clarington!  Would someone like to post a suggestion on one of the makeover show websites to see if there are any takers?  (I've already nagged the BBC a couple of times (GQT and GW) so they might be a bit bored with me now...).

 

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Clarington........lovely idea...........if the 6 children are old enough they could do the labouring work and they'd be "on Telly" too........can't beat that

Sadly,  most "makeover" programmes whether house or garden seem to have to be done within a short timescale  and have instant wow factor........seriously flooded/contaminated gardens probably wouldn't have that much appeal for the programme makers these days. 

OTOH, I'd be delighted to be proved wrong (just feeling glum)

After a couple of dry days, it has been raining here most of the day again - my garden is bad but I cannot begin to imagine how those flooded out of their houses and their gardens must feel.

On behalf of Somerset, I think you are all really nice thoughtful people

 

artjak

Philippa. I agree with Rosie, we should really bombard these gardening programmes with requests for how to deal with flooded/contaminated soil. At what point will it be safe for them to grow veg again?

When I lived in London, we were about 1 or 2 miles from Hogarth roundabout, the busiest roundabout in Europe apparently (though I find that hard to believe - Hammersmith is far worse) and my lovely neighbour who was an RHS member had his soil tested for lead pollution and it came out ok.

The gardeners in the affected areas need to know how to test their soil and what to test it for, especially if they have been affected by sewerage as inevitably they will have.

nutcutlet

Have you seen what's just come in as a new thread?

Ask Alan 

We can start there.

 

 

Rosie31

Bump from Pongo the puppy to Flossie Flo

Lyn

Does chemical spillage include toilet cleansers, dish washing tablets, biological soap powders etc. These have also surfaced with the sewage.

Rosie31

The good news (at least for the Somerset flood victims) is that we've been offered the free help and advice of the gardenadvice.com website - they've provided advice to flood recovery internationally so they are really well-placed to advise. 

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artjak

Rosie, that is such good news.


 Flossie-Flo; The Tiger of the Fens

Flosssie-Flo............big pat for you  Just you keep an eye on things.

No rain here today ...........supposed to be dry next week.

 

artjak

The forecast for this side of the country does seem to be getting warmer; so pleased it is getting drier for you in the South West. Lets hope you have lots of gentle breezes to dry out the ground