Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:18
Friends. I do hope that I haven't upset anyone by my previous post. I did say that I thought the idea was great etc, and certainly showing that shoulder to shoulder spirit. To date I have hd nothing via the scientific teams. I note form a member's post. Information that some enviromental samples etc have been taken and tested, resulting in high levels of bacteria over and above the usual levels, have been found. Truly. There would be something very strange had the tests showed, less bacteria. Our planet has a wonderful way of getting over problems. The gist of my original post was. Hold fast to the idea of helping out. Problem is. No one has any absolute ided asto how long, even once the rain stops. Just how long it will be, before the top couple of feet of soil, will be workable. The matter of excess bacteria. Anyone in the flodded areas should exercise extra care. However once again the soil has it's own unique way of dealing with bacteria. A brief point about plants etc. We all know how we can kill a plant by overwatering, in the case of some plants water is best kept off the crown of the plant, otherwise it will rot. Consider the scenario. When these heavy rains and flooding began. For many of us. Our plants were in a dormant state. Enviromentally, very little harm can come to a plant in that state. It has shut down for a period. [I often wonder why some folks feed their bulbs and tubers etc, once the growth has died and the storage has closed down] During that close-down period. The plant, bulb or whatever is no drawing in anything. Back to the garden plants. More than likely once the waters subside. The old faithful perennials will once agin sprout forth. For most stock, a bit of a firming in will help. The hardest hit will be the farmers. Because their fields were already full of 'Growing ' plants. It is these new plants that probably by this time, would have rotted. So be prepared for shortages in the supermarkets and a hike in food prices. Returning again to folks who sadly have been flooded out. I ask you all most sincerely. If you personally were one of those victims. Picture it. Your home now stinks to high heaven due to the dirty water that has invaded your lifetime treasure. Furniture etc is now only fit for the dump. Please believe me. I know you and I want to help, but please spare a thought. Let's be honest. There you are all washed up, heart broken. Lost everything, and someone hands you packets of seeds or plants. Be honest, what would your thoughts be.
That is why I say. Great idea, loving thoughts and concern but, let's wait a while, until the great soakaway takes plce. Let's examine the effects, then all chip together. Probably this might be best done, by contacting local gardening clubs etc.
Once again friends. My original post was well meant.