Got an email a week or so after our cleanup. The owner of our garden site has put his house up for sale with an open house on Sunday. Yikes! That could change everything. Without owner support, we have nothing. So we spoke to the owner and to the real estate agent and they thought the volunteer garden would be a selling feature. Buying a house with unknown volunteers traipsing all over your property, a selling feature? Really? Who knew how long it would take to sell the house? Wouldn’t the new owners, moving mid-summer be too busy to keep a huge garden this year anyway? We decided to take a chance and arranged for compost to be delivered through Hands for Harvest.
Answers came quickly. The house sold within a week – while the compost was getting spread! So much for the mortgage crisis, here at least. Lots of negotiations occurred between sellers, buyers and real estate agents. First, they would give us only the upper terrace for the summer. Ann was there to supervise the compost delivery and told them to stop working on the lower terrace. Then, in the end, they did agree to let us use the entire plot this year. “Get more compost on the lower terrace.” Whew!