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14/02/2014 at 22:40

Artjak, would be happy to help in some way or another. I didn't have much success with seed growing last year but am happy to try again  

If not, I'm sure there are other things I could help with 

14/02/2014 at 23:33

Artjak, think this is a great idea

I could grow more cuttings and seedlings, and like Chicky I have easy access to the M25/M3.

I think we have a while to come up with the logistics, but the weather forecaster says better weather is on its way  (blowing a gale here at the moment though)

14/02/2014 at 23:40

Forgive me please.  Mike is always ready to help out but.  Yes this is a wonderful suggestion by the author of this theme.  However.  Might it be better to wait a while, until the floodwaters subside etc..  Apart from being a horticulturist I am also  very interested in natural history etc, which includes the study etc of soil sciences.  Please.  Mike is in fact a very modest guy.  I am a Fellow of the Linnean Socy. A Forum specialising in natural history.  Closely related to the Royal Society.  On the RHS forum.  It has been blogged.  Concerns over the washing away of vital minerals etc.  Friends.  Please stop and take time to compose yourselves.  This planet that we live on.  It is self contained.  Please before you start creating ideas of helping out fellow gardeners.  Stop and think.  Take a breather.

14/02/2014 at 23:45

Ooops - thought i was being helpful. Happy to donate any surplus plants locally instead - wouldn't want to go upsetting any ecosystems ....

15/02/2014 at 07:59

Happy to donate anything I can.. Have loads of seeds and could do cuttings etc 

15/02/2014 at 08:03

I think the main thing is to make sure we have surplus to our own requirements so that we can help out if and when needed.  So we're planning ahead 

Presumably it would be possible to get lists of gardening clubs in the affected areas and let them know that when they need some plants we hope that we can offer some practical help. 

15/02/2014 at 08:08

What would you suggest we do Mike? I try to donate financially to the campaigns to help farmers but have little left over for healing the rest of the planet. Is there something your learned others have suggested?  Would perhaps we be best growing long term plants, slow growers, that can be sent down next year instead? When things have had time to recover?  Ground time to be prepared? Or perhaps plants that will live in pots for years to come. I'm afraid I am not terribly clever and woukd be grateful of your guidance. 

I would imagine that if a garden has been destroyed the poor owners they will be much more concerned about sorting out their houses so wont have much time at all for tending their gardens. Til then I shall look after my surplus seeds and see what longer growing plants I can find spaces for should I be able to pass them on to others in hope of raising a small smile when this awful experience is over.

15/02/2014 at 08:27

I prefer the more positive approach. 

I'll be growing, if no-one is ready for what I grow, the world won't end. My feeling is that by midsummer at least some people will be happy to receive

15/02/2014 at 09:17

In our individual way...even privately by pm on the forum......we maybe able to provide plant material to,help re stock effected people's gardens.  Of course there are more serious issues in the world buf this is an area where we can help mitigate losses.  

In a few weeks people will know what losses they have and they will tell the forum.  It's our unique way of providing support.  

15/02/2014 at 09:33

Nicely put Verdun

15/02/2014 at 14:12

Doubt it, in former times there were no sewerage systems in the sticks and it all went back on the garden. 

15/02/2014 at 15:16
What a lovely way of putting it Verdun.
15/02/2014 at 15:21

I'm wondering what to grow. Hardy perennials are what I do best. I'm a dead loss at veg, they need too much looking after (maybe that translates as 'I'm totally ignorant re veg'). But someone will have lost a garden full of perennials won't they?

15/02/2014 at 15:27

Very likely Nut 

15/02/2014 at 16:09

I'm in total agreement with the positive bits here. It will take a least a few weeks for areas to return to normal. It takes a few weeks for cuttings to take and seeds to sprout. Was it Nutcutlet who mentioned that before there were sewage systems, nightsoil was put onto gardens.

Yes, the earth will need to be worked with care, but any help we can give, even just to add a little cheer,must be worth it.

15/02/2014 at 16:17

Suburb, that got me thinking again. Something that looks nice and can stay in its pot all summer if required, but can go in the garden when it's ready. I'll do a few things like that.

15/02/2014 at 16:22

Sounds good Nut, just one pot with something cheerful in can make a huge difference . Just looked around my garden, lots of pots with sad and bedraggled plants in, but shouldn't take long to tidy them up.

15/02/2014 at 17:10

And just a small gift of a plant or two from a fellow gardener may lift someone's spirits and give them the energy and interest to work in their garden again 

15/02/2014 at 17:30

I could send seeds to any of you near the floods for you to grow and pass on the plants to the flood victims. Just message me with your address.

15/02/2014 at 18:49

I'm sure I will have some spares when the time comes, I always grow too much! Plenty of time to work out the logistics later.

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