Gardening Guidelines

Gardeners are expected to abide by the guidelines/rules set by the CGC as well as the leader(s) of their garden. Check with your garden leader for guidelines specific to your garden! The following are the generalized guidelines CGC gardeners are expected to follow.

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  • All gardeners are required to help with the general upkeep of the entire community garden. Your garden leader(s) may organize work parties for this purpose. If you are unable to attend a scheduled work session, please plan to spend approximately two hours per month on your own to help maintain the common garden areas. Call your garden leader for chores that need doing.
  • To help keep our gardens looking neat and beautiful, we ask that all gardeners pick up trash wherever you see it. If we all pitch in, no one person has to do too much.
  • Please put weeds, dead plants, etc. into the compost bin provided. Any diseased plants are to be bagged and put in the trash so as not to contaminate the gardens.
  • You are responsible for the care and maintenance of your plot and it is intended for growing food, flower, herbs for personal consumption. If your plot appears to be untended for a period of one month, and you haven’t contacted your garden leader(s), your plot can be assigned to another gardener. Call your garden leader if you need help or if you will be out of town for an extended period of time. If you plan to discontinue use of your space, please let a leader know as soon as possible so that your plot can be assigned to another gardener.
  • Organic gardening is required in the Claudell Lane garden and strongly encouraged in the other gardens. If you need assistance, we have experienced gardeners who can help.
  • Do not apply anything to or pick anything from another plot without their express approval. You may lose your gardening privileges as a result.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER to turn off the water, roll up the hose at the faucet area, return tools to the shed and lock the shed before leaving the garden.
  • At the end of the gardening season, all dead plants and non-plant materials (string, wire, wood, metal, plastic, etc.) should be removed and disposed of properly and all gardens left neat and tidy. If your garden is not cleaned-up at the end of the season, you could loose your gardening privileges for the next season or be reassigned to a new, smaller plot.
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco are discouraged in the gardens; tobacco can transmit a lethal virus to tomatoes, and cigarette butts are loaded with toxins.
  • Use common courtesy, be considerate of your gardening neighbors, and enjoy.
  • At this time, the CGC does not charge gardeners a fee for gardening. However, some gardens may choose to charge a nominal fee to cover expenses at that individual garden.
  • We still encourage all gardeners to make a donation to the Community Garden Coalition of any amount you can afford to help cover the cost water, insurance, compost, tools, supplies, and other expenses. Your contribution will go a long way towards sustaining the CGC and your own community garden.

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