Re: Garden Rules
Reading all the messages on the listserv pertaining to garden rules, I am simply amazed. I do understand that with the typical "community" garden format, rules will have to be established, otherwise you may have total chaos in the garden (overgrown weeds, dead plantings due to irregular waterings, etc.). I guess I just never realized the extent of control placed upon community gardens (especially if you wish to be successful).
Our community garden is "off the chart" compared to the typical community garden. As Garden Director, I have one main rule, all the vegetables go the elderly and homebound. All of it. In this all volunteer garden, I've been approached to alter this format from time to time. A former Exec. Director of the non-profit organization that oversees this project once approached me to entertain the idea of selling part of our harvest to help support the agency (the garden's harvest worth was about 20K last year). I said if they wanted to go with that format, they will have to find another volunteer director. They dropped the idea.
My hats (I wear many of them) go off to all you guys who support and help your communities with your gardens. Please think about supporting your your local food bank or homeless shelter (or maybe elderly and homebound) with any excess harvest. Maybe dedicate a special plot in your garden to be maintained by all of its gardeners whose harvest is directed to such needy cause.
Keep up the good works.
Kindest regards, Jim
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 23:31:47 EDT
>These rules have been developed over an eleven year period at the:
>TOWN OF GUILDERLAND
>(Albany County, New York)
>Hope they are helpful
>C O M M U N I T Y G A R D E N S
>RULES OF THE ROW- 2002
>1. THE USE OF INSECTICIDES AND HERBICIDES MADE FROM SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL
>MATERIALS ARE PROHIBITED. ROTENONE, PYRETHRIN AND SAFER SOAP WHICH ARE
>DERIVED FROM ORGANIC SOURCES ARE ALLOWED WHEN USED ACCORDING TO LABEL
>DIRECTIONS. FEEL FREE TO CONSULT WITH OTHER GARDENERS TO LEARN THEIR ORGANIC
>METHODS OF PEST CONTROL AND BE SURE TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH THEM AS
>2. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT GARDENERS MAINTAIN COMPOST BINS AT THE
>CENTER OF THEIR GARDEN THROUGHOUT THE GARDENING SEASON TO COMPOST WEEDS AND
>OTHER ORGANIC MATERIALS. COMPOST MAKES EXCELLENT MULCH; THE USE OF PLASTIC
>AND OTHER NON-PORIOUS MATERIALS FOR GROUND COVER IS PROHIBITED.
> GARDEN PATHS
>3. THE ASSIGNED GARDEN LOTS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH ACCESS PATHS BETWEEN
>THEM TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR ALL GARDENERS. ACCESS PATHS SHOULD BE NO LESS
>THAN 4 FEET WIDE. WHEN PLANTING NEAR THE PATHS, LEAVE ADEQUATE SPACE FOR
>PLANT GROWTH SO AS NOT TO ENCROACH INTO OR OVERHANG THE PATHS..
>4. WHILE YOU MAY VIEW THE SUCCESS OF OTHER GARDENERS, REFRAIN FROM STEPPING
>OFF THE ACCESS PATHS AND INTO OTHER GARDEN LOTS. GARDENERS HAVE THEIR OWN
>METHODS OF PLANTING WHICH MAY BE DAMAGED IN THE PROCESS.
>5. BOTH THE ACCESS AND PERIMETER PATHS MUST BE FREE OF GARDEN MATERIALS AND
>DEBRIS SO AS NOT TO CREATE A HAZARD NOR TO IMPEDE THEIR MAINTENANCE. NOTE:
>THE TOWN WILL CUT THE PERIMETER GRASS PATHS PROVIDED THEY REMAIN FREE OF
>GARDEN TOOLS, HOSES, ROCKS AND OTHER OBJECTS! ALL GARDENERS ARE EXPECTED TO
>COOPERATE. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT GARDENERS DESIGNATE A SMALL AREA AT THE
>CENTER OF THEIR ASSIGNED GARDENS FOR THE STORAGE OF GARDEN TOOLS AND
>SUPPLIES, ETC. ALSO, SEE THE GARDEN PLAN FOR THE LOCATION OF THE ROCK
>6. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM WATERING YOUR GARDEN WITH AN OPEN ENDED HOSE. THE USE
>OF A HOSE NOZZLE WILL CONSERVE WATER AND MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT WATER PRESSURE
>FOR OTHER GARDENERS. ADDITIONALLY, DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE TOWN OF
>GUILDERLAND PROHIBITS THE USE OF WATER SPRINKLERS IN VEGETABLE GARDENS.
>PLEASE COMPLY WITH THIS TOWN REGULATION BY HAND WATERING ONLY.
>7. RADIOS: SHOULD YOU WISH TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO, PLEASE USE HEADPHONES SO
>AS NOT TO DISTURB THE TRANQUILITY OF THE GARDENS.
>8. GUESTS: THE GARDENS ARE PRIMARILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE GARDENERS AND THEIR
>IMMEDIATE FAMILIES. GUESTS MAY ENTER THE GARDEN AREA TO VIEW THE PLANTINGS
>ONLY WHEN YOU ARE PRESENT.
>9. PARENTS: YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO THE GARDEN AND
>INTRODUCE THEM TO THE WONDERS OF GARDENING. PLEASE MONITOR THEIR BEHAVIOR
>AND WHEREABOUTS AT ALL TIMES.
>10. DOGS: SHOULD YOU WISH TO BRING YOUR BEST FRIEND TO THE GARDEN, PLEASE
>REMEMBER THAT TOWN OF GUILDERLAND LAWS APPLY TO TAWASENTHA PARK, i.e.,
>LEASHES AND "PICK-UP" IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES
>SHOULD DOGS BE PERMITTED INTO THE GARDENING AREA PROPER BECAUSE OF POTENTIAL
>DISEASE FROM DOG FECES.
>11. GARDEN GATES: THE LAST GARDENER TO LEAVE THE GARDEN REGARDLESS TO THE
>TIME OF DAY SHOULD SECURELY CLOSE THE GATES.
>12. GARDEN MAINTENANCE: FOR THE BENEFIT OF YOUR FELLOW GARDENERS, YOU ARE
>EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN AN ORDERLY GARDEN LOT RELATIVELY FREE OF EXCESS WEED
>GROWTH. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE MAY LIMIT YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE FUTURE.
>13. REMEMBER THE NEEDY: EXCESS PRODUCE WILL BE PICKED UP AT THE GARDEN AND
>DELIVERED TO THOSE IN NEED. YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO DELIVER TO YOUR FAVORITE
>14. GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM THE GARDENS: IN ADDITION,
>CONTAINERS, BAGS, ETC. OF ANY KIND SHOULD BE SECURED SO AS NOT TO BLOW AROUND
>AND/OR DETRACT FROM THE ORDERLINESS OF THE GARDENS. SUCH ITEMS ARE BEST
>REMOVED WHEN THEY ARE NO LONGER NEEDED.
> HAVE A GREAT GARDENING YEAR!
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