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Wow! Lucky you - love Christine W
I am so crossing my fingers it's ridiculous A miracle I can do anything
Hello all - here is an update on what is happening at the Floods end!
There is a group of two or three people coordinating efforts. At the moment it is a five-point plan:
1 Coordinate donations of plants, seeds, etc (that's what we are part of on this message board, thank you all so much!)
2 Recruit people locally in the flooded areas who can offer space in gardens / halls etc to store donated plants so that those with flooded gardens can come and collect them.
3 Provide free professional advice to those who have had their gardens ruined - the Gardenadvice website has already rolled up and offered its help for free, they've been great!
4 Coordinate local volunteers to roll their sleeves up and help with the actual planting and renovation process.
5 Create some planters, pots and tubs with pretty plants as a starter and morale booster for those whose soil is wrecked and can't easily be cured.
I'm working on the logistics bit for getting plants from one end of the country to the other. Thank you IMMENSELY to those of you who have said they'd be happy to make a trip in a van and pick up items on the way - that is marvellous. I'm also trying to drum up support from national companies to see if they can help us.
There is already a place established at the Somerset end for donated plants (one of the coordinators has cleared space in their own plot) so if anyone does have some offerings already let me know.
Thanks for the update Rosie........
Dove, Verdun, Panda all wonderful suggestions All my fingers crossed for you Panda to get to see these gardening professionals.
Rosie, is the soil affected by sewerage (foul water) or sea water? Or what? Once the land has drained, how toxic will it be?
I know when I was involved in a flood in London In 1976, caused by amazing amounts of rainwater and hailstones with storm drains blocked by Autumn leaves, the loos in basement flats were backing up, causing 'foul water' to contaminate people's flats and gardens. I don't know how long it took for the ground to be safe for growing veg.
I'm happy to make a trip in my car, with as many plants packed in as poss.
Dovefromabove, that is good thinking and I'm sure you are right - it is dearly beloved shrubs that will have suffered most. If anyone is able to help with such things, that would be wonderful. In addition, there is a campaign to plant up some pots and troughs for 'instant' effect in devastated gardens - so pretty bedding plants / veg will also be very much appreciated I think.
It is a little too early to get a real list from people of what they'd most like... but the waters have started to go down and the Big Clean Up has started, so I hope we'll be getting more information soon. In the meantime thank you for being willing to help...
I've got loads of Aubergines and peppers already germinating; will now cosset them to deliver to Somerset; they can all be grown in containers.
I certainly have a few packets of seeds that I've got from magazines, that I never like to just throw away. Would love to donate them to this cause if that is any help. Will keep my eyes peeled for when you are ready for them.
Thanks Peanuts - I think that gardenjeannie is acting a Chief Seed Collector! Watch this thread for her posts...
Artjak, in answer to your question I think the water is only slightly salty (the rivers are tidal) but I'll check. Certainly the water is foul - everyone involved in the volunteer efforts have been advised to stay absolutely waterproofed, always use gloves, wash thoroughly etc. It has swept through slurry pits and chemical stores; not to mention the fact that most animals didn't survive...
We'll have to see just how bad things are, but pots and planters may be the only solution for some, for a season or two at least. The gardenadvice service is going to offer their professional advice and help (they have been international advisors for flood recovery in disaster areas, so they know what they are talking about).
Rosie, that is brilliant
Almost cake - time bump
I've been trying to have a proper think about the flood gardens campaign a little more seriously. Having never been flooded I've no idea how long it takes to clear out but I have the feeling that many gardens will be covered in builders debris / water logged possessions for this summer at least - certainly looking at the mess we are making just decorating makes me feel for those who will need (at the very least) specialist clean up teams (if their insurance covers it), plasterers, electricians, plumbers, structural specialists... (and delays from insurance companies faffing about with paperwork).
That is of course if we have a gloriously warm summer so houses dry out quickly with dehumidifiers going 24-7. If we end up with a wet summer the ground water just isn't going to shift anywhere making working in the garden near impossible (considering how I get unmotivated when it drizzles I do not envy those that have all this thrown at them).
So perhaps it would be best for me (especially being in Yorkshire - around 220 miles away) to think about a more longer term as to what plants I can offer for the second attack once the "instant" fixes have been delivered and people have worked out what they want / need / what didn't survive (since one hopes this support network would be truly alive for the first five seasons for so at least while people work out what they need to plug the gaps throughout the year).
In short - the sturdy woody varieties that take an age to grow (rather than faster growing tomatoes / peppers / etc which would also not transport the distance very well seeing as how much the bananas we buy from the supermarket bruise on the way home in my big old truck!!)
I'm thinking about bringing some plants into the green house to get them growing now (though we have had it so mild the rosemary is already heading towards a hair cut) so that we can start taking cuttings we'd normally be doing in mid-summer. The likes of the rosemarys, the lavenders, sage, all of which I believe would happily live in large pots together for a year or so until people could decide whether to have them as garden or kitchen window displays as however suits their needs.
Can anyone think of any others that I might have in the garden or can buy from the garden centre to divide up and devote some space too?
Clarington, you are a star, thank you!