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Gardenjeannie, you are more than wonderful!  Wow....250 packets of seed.  Did anyone think we'd do that when artjak started all this a few weeks ago?

This is a really, REALLY great forum.  I think you should all feel very proud of yourselves!



Jeannie, yes I did. You mentioned lack of veg, so I selected ones that can be sown later in the year and will harvest in autumn and over winter. Also dates will be okay for a couple of years. When I checked my seeds a lot are beyond sow by date and might not all germinate but not that important for me I can just do extra.  Sorry about your polytunnel damage.

Big  to all who are doing & donating x


In my experience, seeds often germinate even though they are passed their use-by date, except, I believe, parsnips.

I am so glad that it is all working so well

Jeannie, don't overdo it will you?

Hi Jeannie, If you've got lots of seeds, perhaps it might be easier to send some down to the flooded out gardeners to sow, so that they can feel they're at least  getting on with something, while they are waiting for their soil to dry out.

Having said that, I've just posted some to you!


A sunny morning bump to you all



Lizzie - I'm going to be passing Junction 18 mid-afternoon on Tuesday - would that be a possibility for a rendezvous?  If so, I'll drop you a PM with my phone number and more details. 

I'm heading down to Dorset on Friday and have arranged to meet up with the local plant coordinator en route - so we have a plan to get Lizzie's plants to the flooded area, hurrah!

Philippa - thank you so much for the offer of help.  I think we've got a plan for Lizzie's plants, but in future it might not be so straightforward - could you perhaps be a staging post for plants-in-transit in future? I'm sure we can make this work if we all put our heads (and wheels) together....



Have a great weekend and I hope your plans go well for Tuesday.

GJeanie......some of the seeds were bought but yes, most of the seeds were from my own plants ...........I've not bought many seeds this year because I am still battling with a badly neglected garden.  I've done nothing but prune and dig for 2 years and still have to keep everything in pots

Rosie............unfortunately, I have very little space available ( see above ) to take in many plants ...............depends on the time scale and the number of plants. I'd be mortified if they died on me However, I, my OH and our trailer are at your disposal if we can do something.  Sorry not to be more positive.  Oh, BTW, I also have plants to give too   


Hey Philippa, that is VERY positive!  Thank you.  (And thanks to your OH as well!)



That is so kind to offer your trailer and your time


bump and night night!

Hi Rosie27,

Thanks for your message Tuesday  afternoon any time will be okay with me so will await your PM. Have just spent some time labelling all the plants to go, got about two dozen or more I think,  all perennials/small shrub seedlings/layered plants and I'll see what else I can dig up over the weekend.


Bump with a mention that we made it to the GW magazine! 

Well done to you all! 


Lizzie27, I have sent you a PM.  See you Tuesday!




Panda, I don't get the magazine; what does it say? will it get more people involved do you think?

Hi Rosie,

I don't seem able to reply to your PM tonight - don't know why - stupid computer!

I can do Tuesday about 3pm. Husband suggests it's safer to meet actually in the car park rather than the laybys as that junction is so busy, so from Bath I will be turning left into car park and you will be doing a right turn. Is that okay? Will try to post a PM with my phone no, and car reg as soon as computer lets me!


I hope so Artjak! Took a pic so you can see the beginning of the article for yourself! you is famous now!!



Oh bugger! How much do I miss by not being on here enough? Kids, house, work, then garden is my reward, so forum is a secondary reward. Now, after a herculean effort, EVERY SINGLE ROOM in my house is clean and tidy, from top to bottom, ALL AT ONCE! Not one room storing crap! I'm a cross between an obsessive hoarder and obsessive compulsive cleaner! The max put out today for council to take.I am so pleased with myself, that I went out in garden today in pissing down rain to do what I needed to, urgently. My boys both had friends over 'cos I was not too embarrassed to ask thier Mums in. I feel EPIC! Right, now, I will try to answer you all individually in one post, but it may not work out that way. Me being so crap at IT! 

But before I answer all of your lovely posts, I must tell you all that Daniel, our moderator, sent me a package of seeds today. However, I'm a little disappointed, I must say, as, if he asked around his colleagues, in his job, we could have loads more! But, his message gave me a boost, thanking me, and the poor bugger has to cope mostly with our complaints and probs with the forum.  I have thanked him for his care, but then asked him to put a paragraph in the Mag. Mine came today, haven't had time to open it, but there is already a mention? How do I rescind a nagging message? Oh, now I feel so bad for nagging that lovely man.

Right, now I am posting this reply in case I lose it while replying to you all.

Daniel, I'm not having 'a go', but will you please ask around? You've been lovely.


ok, folks, i've had a few, but will try to answer you all.please excuse me if I ramble!

Rosie, I'm not wonderful, all of the members who send seeds are.All i do is sit here and get lovely packages, then file them ready to send. One more week and the box for now goes so that those who are growing for the unfortunate can get a good go at it. We can still ask for more seeds/plants in a more leisurely manner when immediate results are not so neccessary. 250 packets doesn't actually look like much, once filed away. How many gardens are we talking about?

Artjak is,wonderful for the idea, and you are for the work you have put in.I am not comfortable with the praise that I am getting. All I do is get the seeds, and will send them on. Easy Peasy, lemon squeezy! You are chasing up everyone for plant transport, and running the whole shebang. Found where I should send the seeds, when all I thought of was collecting them. I left it to you to tell me where to send them. 

So, I am giving YOU an 'official' title. 'Head Boss and Co-ordinator for the Flood Appeal'. The wording can be worked on, but it must show your efforts. And once decided on, you will have a card to prove it, as you did for me!

KEF. you are obviously not a member who could be called into the 'seedaholics' thread. As far as I know, you are the only person who went out, deliberately, to buy seeds to send, to help. That makes you very sad (why did you not have seeds of your own to part with) But also extremely generous. Not in the amount of money you spent, but that you did, and that you thought of seeds that could work, now. You have shamed all the rest of us 'seedaholics', and shown true,altruism.  Of all of the rest of us who gave seeds, we gave excess, or thse that we then realised we could not grow.

Artjak, are you a bit bewildered by what you have started? Did you ever think it might become so big? I was asking Daniel tonight whether GW might consider a paragraph, then I find it is already done! I'm so slow!

Philippa, yours are the only 'home collected' seeds so far. And it is yours that I am not sure how to classify. Also, I believe that if plants can be got to you, you might be able to move them to where they may be needed most?

If any of you have any issue with what I Have said, or can help further, please PM me. in reply. i will pm my phone no, as I believe that some more direct contact is neccessary to move this cause onwards.

 Sport Relief has already raised a record amount of money,£51 million and it has not all been counted in, yet. Only a small proportion of that is actually spent HERE.

I am not expecting that we can raise anything like that amount of money.  But wouldn't it be great if we could raise money for  disadvantaged or disabled gardeners. All organically, selling our excess, and including ANY disadvantaged people WITHOUT specific problems. Include those without specific disabilities. Just don't have the space, or can't get away due to caring for parents or kids.Sharing space, like IncredibleEdilble. If a tiny town like Todmorden can do it, maybe we can collectively at least avoid taxes, and grow some unusual fruit and veg at the same time?

So far, this forum has shown that gardeners care about others. Can we use that, after we have got the 'Gardens' back up and running?

We have Comic Relief, Sport Relief, and any other number of reliefs., Oh, and Children in Need.. Pudsey in all of his guises. Does Pudsey ever raise £51 million to support children in our own country? I donated to Sport Relief yesterday. When I saw a British need. They were hard to find. My blooodline is very uncertain. My Dad was the only black child of 10 kids from the same mother. she never brought any of them up.only admitted t