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Potential Disaster


By ducky


Ok that is a bit overdramatic! Went down to the veg garden to dig it all over and plant my onion sets as the weather was so lovely. The family with the patch next to mine were down there already, the little girl is in the same class at school as my girlies so I already know her mum M quite well. They were also doing the big clear up and dig over ready for the year. We had been down there about 2 hours when the son of the farmer who owns the land stopped and then asked us who had given permission for us to be there – AGGHH! It looks like there is some politics going on between the village family group organiser ( who allocated the plots to us) and the farmers family. We were all asked very politely to leave as the farmers havent decided what they what to do with the area this year. Apparently our organiser was told this a month ago – but has not passed the message on.

I was gutted – at least I hadnt got the sets planted. Now we are all in a limbo until we find out what is going on, and we are all rather cross. If the worst happens and we cant use the plots then I might turn my front garden over to raised beds and try growing on there instead – not an ideal spot though as it only gets sun for half the day and is a bit public.

On the up side, I found a carrier bag at the back of the garden which had some narcissus bulbs in, they have grown in the bag and look really cheery – so I planted them up. also my bantam (Dotty) has laid her first egg.


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Thanks for the message
The plots are within a small odd shaped field next to the lane, Half of it is used by MrG who has been veg gardening there for years and another bit is used by another old boy. The remainder was unused so the Family society in the village approached the farm 4 years ago to see if it could be used for families to grow veg. There is a great sense of community in our village and the farm was happy to allow an unused area to be put into use. It is all done unofficially by co-operation etc - I think the problem is that the family group organiser changed last year ,to a young chap who wanted to organise the allotment as part of an award he was working towards. We think that he has somehow upset the farm by either too much or too little organising!! The farmer has hinted that they may allow us to use the area, but by their direct agreement which would be great - but they need a family meeting first.
We wait to see.

2 Mar, 2009


I hope it all turns out ok for you!

2 Mar, 2009


One way or another I will have veg - perhaps its the challenge that will make it all the more fun and worthwhile.

2 Mar, 2009


Oh Ducky I’m sorry to read things have gone pear shaped………fingers crossed the farmer will come round and let you use the land. But if all else fails Hollyhocks under planted with cabbage and vinca with onion springing through will look wonderful!!!! Don’t get too despondent you’ve got Dottyand your bag of narcissus to make you smile and perhaps may I suggest a scarecrow in the form of someone who has annoyed you all....... hehe !!

2 Mar, 2009


What a shame - I hope that something can be worked out for you! At least you have 'plan B', even though not ideal.

2 Mar, 2009


Good luck, Ducky.

2 Mar, 2009


~you could always stick pins in it!I it might not work but you could feel better!

2 Mar, 2009


Thank goodness you haven,t already planted it up,fingers XX it gets sorted out ..........

2 Mar, 2009


After all this hassle, when you are sure of your veg. plot, and get growing, your produce will taste even better !

Hoping it all works out well :o)

2 Mar, 2009


petty politics always gets in the way. lets hope the farm allows all of you to continue as some have had 4 years of cultivation under your belts.
keep us posted.

2 Mar, 2009


I'm sorry to read of your trouble. I hope it gets sorted out and you're able to carry on with planting things there.

2 Mar, 2009


After a schoolgate meeting of us ladies who have/had/want the three end patches we are going to pop a letter through the farmers door - hopefully they will say yes - but Im now thinking that I might just do my raised beds at home anyway (just in case)

3 Mar, 2009

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