Excitement Nobody Needs

On Friday afternoon, I got an email from a colleague who knew where my garden was.  She gave me a link to a local news organization that showed a picture of a bus that had ploughed through our fence and into the garden. I scanned the article quickly to make sure nobody was hurt.  Whew. Last time this happened with an SUV and it sideswiped a gardener who never recovered.


The bus had to be towed out.

Apparently, someone ran a red light and the bus driver, rather than t-bone the guy and kill him, took evasive action into our garden!  It saved lives and injuries, but left us with a wrecked fence and a few wrecked gardens.  The red light runner was ticketed and his insurance will be getting a few bills from us.


The small Plot Against Hunger got quite a working over.

My garden was untouched, but the small AFAC plot was pretty hard hit.  We were getting ready to plant for fall there, but hadn’t considered replacing the fence too!


Tonight I salvaged what hardware cloth I could and tossed the bent up steaks.

There has been more vandalism in the outside garden (the blackberry bush was cut down) and we have decided to move the larger AFAC garden inside to a plot adjacent to the small one.  So I cleaned that out a bit tonight.  It had been abandoned and gotten weedy, but was mostly cleared during a garden work day. I will put some broccoli and cauliflower seedlings in there once I prepare rabbit protection for them.

I also gave the county a call and asked for a traffic analysis at that light.  I think it needs left turn lights.  We’ll see what happens.  For now we’re expecting the fence to be fixed next week and to do some of our repairs. soon.  In the meantime, enjoy this video one of the neighbors of the garden took, complete with rainbow.

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39 Responses to Excitement Nobody Needs

  1. You are so right – this is the kind of event that no-one needs. Thank goodness no-one was working in that area at the time. I remember leaning on that fence and looking at the surrounds, the gardens inside and outside the fence and being quietly impressed with the fact that you could grow stuff and it be so easily accessible to passers by and be left unmolested….. Perhaps times are changing. I’m glad you will still be able to pick the colourful flowers and eat your veges from your plot xoxo

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  2. Nasty. As if the rabbits weren’t enough. I hope the insurance payout doesn’t take too long

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  3. Oh, what a shame, but what a relief that no one was working in the garden at the time.

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  4. Gosh, oh gosh! I will echo other comments—so glad no one was hurt. Hope the repairs go well and don’t take too long.

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  5. I didn’t realize the garden was so big! You could fit six buses in there and a substantial concrete bus stop! I trust the zinnias survived and hope the bus got the rabbit the bus driver was trying to get.


    • arlingwoman says:

      LOL!!! I’d love it if the whole rabbit family were lost in the unfortunate accident. But they probably weren’t. Today I spent some time planting cauliflower and broccoli seedlings as well as a few other things and chicken wire cages went over ALL of them.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, bummer. At least no one was hurt, thankfully. Still, life would be better without that incident. I like how the video shows the whole garden, it’s a good size!

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  7. Catwoods says:

    So glad no one was injured, but so sorry about the damage to the fencing and the AFAC plot! I hope the repairs will go quickly and everything will be back in shape soon.

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  8. KerryCan says:

    That is absolutely terrifying! I don’t think I had any idea how close the gardens were to real traffic.

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  9. Lisa, good grief! I’m so glad the garden was empty of gardeners when the bus veered off course. That must have been a shock, though, and I’m sorry to hear it’s happened before. I’m glad you’re still able to get in some fall plantings. I never thought about the garden’s close proximity to a busy traffic corner. I hope the city will make an effort to improve the lights. It often takes an accident for them to notice.

    I enjoyed seeing your garden video from above, along with the rainbow. It’s a view we don’t often see.

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  10. Sylvie Ge says:

    … and now, gardening has become a dangerous business ! Keep clear of the vandals 🙂

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  11. Yes, more excitement than anybody needs. My goodness. Glad no-one was hurt, that the main garden was untouched — and that you got a rainbow. We lived at the end of a country road and the occasional lost driver would come barreling down the road, realize it ended in a forest, and swerve forcefully into our driveway. It got scary, so my husband got the township to put in all kinds of signs. If it worries you — Yes. Get the local authorities to do something.

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  12. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! I have inspected several landscapes that have been damaged by cars driving into them, including cars landing on top of the big planter box planters on the mall downtown, but I have NEVER seen a bus go into a landscape like this did to the gardens. I so did not expect to be reading about this!

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  13. Joanne S says:

    The reckless driver should be grateful for two things: the bus driver’s quick reflexes and that no on was weeding the garden. I’m sorry your garden took a beating.

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  14. Lavinia Ross says:

    I am sorry all this happened to you, Lisa. What an expense and mess to clean up!

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  15. paolsoren says:

    I was interested to see the AFAC plot and you have inspired me. I really must see if my knee can take it, but now I have a post to write about Ballarat.

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  16. Impressive looking gardens when viewed on the video – for soem reason I’d always imagined them smaller.

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  17. Oh my goodness!! That could have been a lot more serious than it was. That’s quite the exposed corner with so much going on. A brick wall couldn’t have stopped that. Probably not vandals either. But I’m like you. Playing in the dirt and watching things grow is meditative and your body feels so good after hard work. Even better after a dinner of fresh veggies. I had to read this after reading your last post to see what happened. Do be very careful.

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  18. Maria says:

    Thank God it was the fence! The video is so nice!

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  19. Zambian Lady says:

    Vandalizing a garden?! Too bad about the damage to the fence, but it’s good to hear that no one was inured.

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