Today, we start a new regular feature, "Everyday Sharing Solutions," by Janelle Orsi with Emily Doskow, attorneys who are co-authors of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Build Community. Do you have a question about how to share something in your life? Please send it to jeremy (at) shareable.net.
- What will you grow? Who gets to eat the vegetables?
- What should the garden look like and what will make it aesthetically pleasing?
- During what hours may you come to work on the garden?
- May you bring friends to work in the garden with you?
- Who will care for the garden when you are away?
- What happens if the garden is neglected?
- Where will gardening supplies be stored?
- Who pays for the water?
- Will the garden be organic or can certain chemicals be used?
- Will the arrangement be indefinite, for a defined period, or will you agree to reassess after the first season?
- Under what circumstances might you or your neighbor want to end the arrangement and how much notice must you give?
- Will you restore the yard to its original state if you end the arrangement? If you construct raised beds and bring in soil, will you leave those or take them with you?
Please note that this is not legal advice: This column provides information about sharing and related legal issues. Legal information is not the same as legal advice, which is tailored to an individual's specific circumstances and relies on the lawyer knowing all the relevant facts. This column is not legal advice.