- Planting may begin once soil preparation has been completed and spring weather allows. Begin planting your plot by the end of May. If you need to begin planting after this date, consult the garden leader. If this is not done your plot will be given away to another gardener or mowed.
- Keep your plot and adjoining pathways fairly weed free and presentable. Please use the wood chips on the east-to-west pathways. The north-to-south pathways will be mowed.
- Compost piles: If used, please put weeds and dead plants in the designated compost boxes. Grass clippings are welcome if they have not been treated with chemicals. Diseased plants, weeds with seed heads and invasive plants need to be bagged and removed from the site by each individual gardener. Do not put rocks or tree branches in the compost pile. Please use the ready compost in your plot to replace nutrients in the soil each season. Pick up and properly discard litter in the trash can chained to the post by the shed. NO TREE LIMBS/NO ROCKS.
- If your plot appears to be untended for a period of time, you will be contacted and your plot may be assigned to another gardener or mowed weekly to keep down weeds. Call the garden leader if you need help. If you decide to discontinue gardening, you are responsible for notifying the garden leader as soon as possible so your plot may be reassigned to someone who has completed an application.
- Ultimately, you will be responsible for keeping your garden watered. The garden does supply one hose for each hydrant, but you may need to supplement that with your own hoses and/or sprinklers as needed. The water must be turned on at the east side of the white house across the parking lot. If you are watering and must leave for a bit and wish to continue to water, leave a note with your name and plot number by the valve at the hydrant in the metal clip. When you are done watering and the last one to leave, please remember to shut the water off at the house and hydrant.
- Do not apply chemical pesticides, fungicides, insecticides or herbicides without discussing with the garden leader what it is you wish to do.
- Do not apply anything to or pick anything from another person’s plot without their approval. Stay within the boundaries of your own plot. Everyone has their own gardening techniques, timelines, and levels of gardening experience.
- No pets, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, cigarettes, radios, boom boxes or loud music allowed in the garden or nearby areas. (Tobacco can transmit a lethal virus to tomatoes and cigarette butts contain toxins). Please pick up any trash you see and place it in the garbage can located by the shed.
- Children must be supervised in the garden, as it is next to a busy street, so please take care. Children should be kept out of other peoples’ plots.
- Discourage theft: harvest promptly. Share excess produce with fellow gardeners, neighbors, the Norfolk Food Pantry, Salvation Army or Norfolk Rescue Mission. You may also bring excess produce in to the church office to place on the garden table. Donations from these items will be used for the water bill. Report theft, vandalism and unusual activities to the garden leader.
- For your safety, only garden during daylight hours.
- Shed – The tools in the shed are for you to use, but only for gardeners of the community garden. Please DO NOT share the combination for the padlock with others. Remember to lock the door before leaving. Please clean the tools and return them to the shed, including the wheelbarrow and hand-held tiller with attachments.
- Rototilling – For liability reasons, do not use the large rototiller. If you would like your plot re-tilled (after the initial spring tilling that is done for all plots, contact the garden leader. You may use the smaller hand -held tiller for between rows. It also has a weed eater attachment that you may use.
- Pumpkins, melons, large squash or gourds are allowed, but MUST BE KEPT WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF YOUR OWN PLOT. THEY CANNOT BE encroaching on a neighbor’s plot. Vines growing into the north-south pathways present an issue for mowing. You may use fencing, trellis, or cages if you desire.
- After the growing season is over in the fall, you must clean up your plot. This means: 15 days after the first hard frost or by November 15th, whichever comes first. All dead plants and non- plant materials (string, wire, wood, metal, plastic, etc.) must be removed and /or disposed of properly and all gardens left neat and tidy to
allow for soil preparation. If your garden is not cleaned up by November 15th, you could lose your gardening privileges for the next season. DO NOT put posts, cages, fencing, or stakes next to the shed.
- Violation of the Gardener Rules: If any of these rules are violated, you will be contacted by the garden leader by phone or e-mail and will have one week to address the violation. After one week, if the violation has not been remedied, your plot will be assigned to another gardener.