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    Get a tape measure, measure the plot and half it putting a wooden peg in. Do the same at the other end. Stretch a clothes line between the two pegs and stick a peg in every couple of metres or so. Take the clothes line off and problem solved. Simples.
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    Sharing a plot with a total stranger sounds like a nightmare. I can't see how that would work.
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    I'd certainly vote for a specific split. Officially if the rules allow it, just by specific allocation of beds if not,

    I'd put a path between the two.

    If you are careful, you can put your name down for that half when they give up

    I think you do need to be a bit sensitive, if she's been very ill and unable to get back then kicking her when she's down isn't great.
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    Hi thanks all. Very helpful. No the other half plot owner isn't ill I've established that. She's rang the
    person who over sees the plots ( a number of times) to say she wants to keep it but wants her son to dig it over. He's obviously not playing ball and she's not been back. She did start some weeding which was a doddle as the ground was so good.But failed to return. I had the worst side by far. I'd go mad if weed killer or rotorvator were used. I feel if she were that interested she could at least cover the plot as has been suggested to her.
    I'm ok with sharing but yes it's a real dilemma.
    We simply don't have any committee. Just my councillor neighbour who shows folk around plots and tries to keep an eye on things. Sadly no one else wants the job and I don't really think he wants to put the time in.
    For now I'm continuing to hand weed her side in case she doesn't return. It won't get the better of me.
    I'm still really excited about next years flowers.

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    Can only suggest you mark off half the plot, more as a specific dividing line.
    Depending then on how you feel I would strim the other half and add whatever to a compost heap.

    That should keep the seeds etc down and leave it semi managable for future.

    Could or would be allowed to take over the full area?
    The site may have a sort of limit, and not sure the plot size either.

    One maybe extreme option comes to mind.
    You "take" over the full plot and dig it.
    Lady lets you use half of hers and she then only needs to plant stuff and harvest, in her remaining half/quarter.
    In effect you get the additional half for maintaining the other half.

    Could lead to future problems but could equally solve things.

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    Kirk .. thanks. Im doing just that. Thanks for all suggestions. Still no sign of other 1/2 plot holder. I'm digging by stealth her side now. Despite a suggestion to her to cover the plot in her absence nothing's happened. The irony is the rain has made the plot easy to dig .. though labour intensive .. as the soil is so good.
    The couch grass goes deep on her side and I can't just leave it. The strawberries and asparagus she inherited are absolutely swamped in weeds and huge show stopping dandelion plants! The border of the plot her side is no longer visible.
    I'm going to ask the council direct if they can verify if she intends to return. In the hope she may decide the plot isn't really manageable. Time will tell.

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