'What would you do?' # 2 :)
I am a co-coordinator at a community garden which has been in existence some 20 years. I have gardened there for 7 yrs, been a co- for 2.
At the same time I became co-this new guy became the other co-.
This guy is in his 70's and obviously used to being in charge of things when he was employed.
Last year we had some problems between us which resulted in a shouting match and was quite unpleasant.
Basically bec. of him making unilateral decisions, and me trying to make him understand that the CO in co-coordinator meant that we were equal partners.
We got over the unpleasant feeling. Then. Now this year again I am faced with him wanting to do things which I disagree with. Now it's not that I am right and he is wrong, it is that he does not consult or ask for opinion, he just does it.
Eg last year he covered up a lot of our flowers in the common area, which is why I was so mad.
He expanded our garden from about 20 plots to about 30, by making plots where there didn't use to be any. Ie we had some grassy area. Now I feel it is very overcrowded, I expressed this last year, but he just goes ahead and digs.
Now he wants to add MORE plots.
What should I do?
Here are some things I have thot about-
1. e-mail the head of the gardens and ask him to talk to this guy, since I can't.
2. e-mail the guy.
3. Talk to the guy- he has a hearing aid, so conveniently he can speak better than he can hear.
4. Ask the other gardeners what they think. There are people who have been gardening for 18 yrs and I feel that they should have some input. This newcomer comes in and changes the nature of the garden without a "by your leave".
The other gardeners might not care either way, but at least they should have an opportunity to express themself.
What do you think?
My goal is to have a peaceful place to garden. I have a stressed life, and the garden is the only place I feel so good. At least until recently.
Maybe I should just ignore it, let him do what he wants.
Appreciate your thots,