2020 Garden Guidelines


Garden Guidelines (or rules, regulations, policies, etc.) can take many shapes and forms. The following guidelines have been established by the members of this garden. Please read the guidelines and direct any questions or comments to the garden co-leaders.

How do I become a Davis Park Community Gardener?

  1. Register (online or in person), sign a contract and pay plot fee.
  2. Sign up for at least one of four garden teams.

What are the Gardener’s responsibilities for their plots?

  1. Complete at least 4 hours of community garden service projects per month. Projects include participating in scheduled work days and maintenance and improvement projects that are completed independently.
  2. Attend garden meetings and work days.
  3. Maintain your plot as follows:

      1. Keep your plot and the adjoining pathways tended. If your plot appears to be untended for a period of time, and you haven’t contacted the garden monitor, you will be contacted and your plot may be assigned to another gardener. Call the garden monitor if you need help or if you will be away from the garden for an extended period of time. If you plan to discontinue use of your space, please let the monitor or plot coordinators know as soon as possible so that your plot can be assigned to another gardener.
      2. Maintain your plot in accordance with common organic gardening practices (e.g., no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, no invasive species planted, etc).
      3. Plant tall plants and vines in places where they will not interfere with your neighbor’s plot. Planting illegal plants is prohibited.
      4. At the end of the gardening season, all dead plants and non-plant materials (string, wire, wood, metal, plastic, etc.) must be removed and disposed of properly and all gardens left neat and tidy. If your garden is not cleaned-up by November 1st you could loose your gardening privileges for the next season or be reassigned to a new, smaller plot.
      5. Please put weeds and dead plants into the compost bin provided. Do not leave them in the pathway. Any diseased plants or seedy or invasive weeds are to be bagged and put in the trash so as not to contaminate the gardens. Old woody plants are to be placed in the brush pile to be carted to the recycling center.

What are the Gardener’s responsibilities to other Gardeners and the Garden Community?

  1. Do not apply anything to or pick anything from another person's plot without their expressed approval.
  2. Please do not leave the water on unattended. When finished gardening for the day, please roll up the hose at the faucet area, return tools to the shed and lock the shed before leaving the garden.
  3. Check and lock all garden gates, the shed and the hydrant any time you are the last person leaving the garden
  4. Smoking and chewing tobacco is not allowed. Tobacco can transmit a lethal virus to tomatoes and cigarette butts are loaded with toxins.
  5. Pets, drugs (including alcohol), radios, boom boxes and fires are not allowed.
  6. Please supervise children in the garden.
  7. For your safety, only garden during daylight hours. Consider gardening in pairs or keeping a cell phone nearby if it makes you feel more comfortable.
  8. Report theft, vandalism and unusual activities to the garden co-leaders and police.
  9. Use common courtesy, be considerate of your gardening neighbors and ENJOY.
  10. Violation of Gardener Guidelines: If any of the guidelines are violated you will be contacted by phone or e-mail and have one week to address the violation. After one week, if the violation has not been remedied, you may lose your gardening privileges.

What are community plots?

  1. Community plots are rent free and cared for by an individual gardener or a group of gardeners.
  2. The caretaker(s) share the harvest with the rest of the garden members.
  3. Community plots are available when a rented plot is abandoned or if, after June 1st the plot has not been rented.
  4. Requests for community plots are submitted to the plot coordinator.
  5. Caretakers must follow the same maintenance guidelines as for rented plots.
  6. The abandoned/neglected plot policy applies to all community plots.


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