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    jogette is offline Sprouter
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    I took on my plot two years ago and shared it with my friend. Although I make more time for the allotment, she has family commitments but works hard when she's on the plot and we both enjoy being up there and working together.

    The reason it works well is that I do most of the sowing and planting and she does all the fiddly maintenance i.e. edging the grass paths, cutting the grass and she wields a mean spade when weeding and clearing ground. We both love working hard then sitting down to a cup of tea and seeing the progress made on the plot. I find that I really miss her company when up there on my own and find that we both are more productive when we work together.

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    Hi all,

    You're all saying really helpful things which is great! It does seem like a cracking experience either way.

    If any of you have had negative experiences as a result of sharing - could you post up a few tips on how you can manage the situation should anything go sour? For example - what can you do if your 'sharer' isn't pulling their weight.

    It's lovely to hear the warm hearted stories as well - it seems that if the formula is right...sharing can be amazing.

    What about the rest of you...any other stories/experiences/pearls of wisdom to share?

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    Having shared a plot with 3 others, I would say dont do it.

    We had only had the plot 5 minutes and one of the others was constantly having a go at one of the others for not pulling their weight or doing it wrong. Which then gave a bad feeling to the others who wanted to stick up for the other person and the person that didnt quite have the time/skills decided to pack in.

    to add I have my own plot now and if something isnt done right or not as quick then its down to me.

    By all means share a plot between two of you, providing you know their skills/talents and their commitment. Work out what you are doing between you and set out the plan. eg are you taking half each or sharing the work and produce before hand.

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    I shared my last plot for 8 months before I gave it up. I knew I'd be giving it up, and I really wanted to hand it over to someone who would take care of it. I had a chap in mind, approached him about my plan and he agreed. He was keen to pay half the annual rent, but I never took it off him, because I didn't want the complications and possible breaking of the allotment rules.

    I divided it right down the middle and told the other chap what was where etc. I didn't see him again for about 3 months and the half-plot became really weed infested and I got increasingly angry about it.

    However, spring came and he really set about the place, putting in paths etc (he has a different style to me, but I didn't mind at all)

    It was a bit odd having someone else come onto 'my patch' and I felt a bit invaded at times, if I just wanted to have my headphones on and not chat. I found myself going up there when I knew he'd not be there. A bit antisocial, me! I go up there for peace & quiet, and don't like to keep being distracted or called over to look at something.

    I don't think I'd share again.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    My neighbours here (on both sides) share their plot with their spouse.
    On the left, the husband and wife have their own beds, which the other doesn't interfere with. It seems to work well: both plots are very neat & highly productive.

    On the right, they don't have their own separate areas, and are often squabbling about what to do and how to do it.

    I'd say sharing is good if you have your own separate patch and nobody interferes with you.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    My friend got a quarter plot and new I wanted to grow so asked if I would help. He has always called it our plot. It is too far away for me to get to onmy own as I dont drive, and unfortunately spring/summer are really busy for him as he is a gardener. Initially it was difficult to manage to get there together, but we did manage to get a decent crop, and enjoyed harvesting together. I got another quater plot in my name which I can walk to. My friend is sharing this with me. Its in a state and needs a lot of graft which we can hopefully do before he gets too busy. On a practical note, we have decided to try and grow the more hardy veg at the original plot, as we i can get there less often, and hopefully do the more tender or temperamental veg at the new one.

    We are good friends, and enjoy growing, its working really well for both of us. As I perhaps have a little more flexibilty in time at the moment the system of a more fussy plot (celeriac, broccoli, beans -need reglar picking) which I can get to daily and a morelaid back one (spuds, garlic, onions kale, etc) which I cant get to often seems to work well. Long may it continue! We just split the produce 50/50.

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    Funnily enough was talking to one of the women on the plot at the weekend who for the past few years had shared two plots (only one on our site and one on another) with her husband and another couple. This year they've had enough and have taken a plot to each couple so out of the 10 plots on our site, 2 are not tended and at least 4 of the others are now run by one half of a failed partnership, leaving no shared plots anymore.

    Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.

    Which one are you and is it how you want to be?

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    Plots are shared on my site.

    My plot neighbour has 2 plots with her friend which they share and cultivate together. One always does far more than the other but they have been at it for years and have worked out a system that they are happy with. They rarely go to the site to work together.

    I have noticed that they don't always talk to each other about who is planting what - so stuff sometimes appears as a surprise to the other. Also they do not always harvest evenly - leaving food for too long in case the other wants it, then picking it cleanly when the other wanted some.

    What is really clear is they do not put enough time into the plot fertility and so it is not so productive as the others around nowadays. I think a lot of this is around communication - and the fact that they have more land than they maybe can cope with presently.

    At the other end of my plot [14A] is a young couple who took on 14B a month after myself. We act entirely independently, only really sharing an access path. That works very well. We can be independent of each other and respect the time and commitment that we have to give to our land. We work the land very differently to each other but also share ideas where it clearly works - we also share plants from time to time [but then we all do anyway here].

    Three plots along are people on plots where they share tools/compost bins etc but plant independently - this works well.

    Personally I would be unhappy at sharing my plot in any other way - it's my domain and it's my pleasure. My husband has helped with structures that I needed but he knows I need the peace and the joy of producing with my own hands. He would not want to interfere but he is happy to put in a request for produce he prefers [he wants more potatoes & sweetcorn this year]. I am happy to comply.

    Expecting others to work in the same way as you is possibly a recipe for some disappointment. You might find it works, but only rarely will it work exceptionally well as we all have differing needs and time to commit and life has a habit of getting in the way at times.

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