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    bobbin is offline Rooter
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    Hi all.
    I've recently put a horrendous amount of hours into digging over a very overgrown half plot. Fantastic earth. It was worked by same lady for about 30 yrs then neglected disgracefully by two subsequent holders.
    The lady I'm sharing with did a bit of weeding but hasn't returned so her sides very much in need of work. She's said she's coming back though I've not met her. I've weeded about 2ft on her side to minimise weed spread. ( she's not ill as I understand)
    It's open ground and I need suggestions as to how to separate our two plots. Does anyone share a plot that can tell me what they do?
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    I would ask the committee if they will officially half it and they can advise on local rules as to how you could achieve a boundary. To be honest I wouldn't fancy sharing with a stranger, then again I wouldn't fancy sharing with anyone, I like things on the plot my way
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    How long have you both had the plot? Do you share any parts of the plot or has it just been subdivided?I find that a lot of new plotholders in our allotments appear a couple of times and then disappear for good leaving behind a jungle. The council works at it's usual snailike speed and with it's usual incompetence at sending warning letters and reletting plots and doesn't seem to care. I presume the only qualifications to work for the council is to be politically correct and have a complete lack of common sense. I couldn't share a plot. Nobody (except my husband) would put up with me. Why don't you see if you can take over the other woman's part if she's a no show.

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    Accidently spill weedkiller over it...
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    Is the plot officially two half plots under each of your names?
    Or is it one plot under one or both your names?

    Ours is the former. First year the person on the other half literally came once and never again.
    We aren’t allowed on others plots, even if they’re vacant - but once it was officially vacant, the site rep gave us permission to strim it to limit weeds seeding, and added bonus it was the tidiest vacant plot when prospective new plot holders came round, so was snapped up. Next lot of neighbours are fantastic!

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    As others have said, speak with the committee to see what you can and can't do. There may be a legitimate reason why she's not there, but you should seek advice what you can do to avoid getting weed seeds all over your plot.

    Logunner, I hope that was a tongue in cheek comment, because I'd be mortified if anyone did that on our site, to another plot holder. In fact, I'd argue that should be a cause to be thrown off the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    As others have said, speak with the committee to see what you can and can't do. There may be a legitimate reason why she's not there, but you should seek advice what you can do to avoid getting weed seeds all over your plot.

    Logunner, I hope that was a tongue in cheek comment, because I'd be mortified if anyone did that on our site, to another plot holder. In fact, I'd argue that should be a cause to be thrown off the site.
    Of course it was a joke..... I’d never accidently spill weedkiller, maybe deliberately but never by accident.

    Suppose I’m lucky being on a self run council site. the committee, of which I’m one, make decisions quickly. Sharing a plot increases the risk of this kind of problem, but the risk is offset by 1/2 plots being easier to rent out quickly.

    Anyway got to go and prepare some ammonium sulphamate for tomorrows attack.
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    I think it would be advisable for the committee to officially put stakes in showing the exact limit of your half. If you guess then it'll possibly be open to disagreement at some point.
    On my previous plot we had scutch invading from a communal path so I dug in old pieces of wriggly tin to a depth of about a foot to create a barrier above and below.
    The only negative bit about wriggly tin is that it can be a bit sharp if damaged.
    The plus side is that it's also easy to remove at a later date.
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