1. Work or plant plot by May 1, unworked plots will be reassigned. 

You are welcome to garden all year round. During the main growing season (April – October) show you are using your plot by:

  • Preparing the soil for planting
  • Planting and growing crops
  • Harvesting ripe produce
  • Removing weeds, especially those in flower or setting seed
  • Collecting seed you want to save before it drops on the soil

2. All plots must be kept neat and clean.
No trash or open standing water should remain in plots. Weeds must be kept under control and plant litter should be removed or actively composted.

3. Please keep garden pathways inside and adjacent to garden plots safe, clear of weeds, and free of obstacles. Be sure all plots have wheelbarrow access to them.

  • Keep paths bordering your plot 2.5 to 3 feet wide and level so others can safely pass
  • Remove weeds from the paths and directly outside the fence, if your plot touches a fence
  • Store things inside your plot
  • Keep plants within the boundaries of your plot

4. Plots should be cleaned up for the winter season.

  • Take home all personal items – gloves, watering cans, tools that will deteriorate in the weather.
  • Remove weeds, especially those in flower or setting seed (unless you are deliberately reseeding).
  • Remove dead and dying plants, especially if they are diseased or covered in pests
  • Neatly store seasonal structures like tomato cages, stakes, trellis material and wood when not in use.
  • If you are not actively winter gardening, cover your garden with leaves, straw or cover crop during the winter months or keep it weeded.

5. Gardeners must harvest their produce.

  • Make arrangements for your produce to be harvested if you go out of town to ensure food is not wasted.
  • We work with the Glean Team and local food pantries, so contact the garden coordinator if you have extra produce you would like to donate.

6. Use best gardening practices for soil health – mulching, crop rotation and cover cropping are highly encouraged. Healthy soil is key to a productive garden.

7. Conserve Water

  • Treat hoses carefully.
  • Water responsibly
  • Report water leaks to the garden coordinator at gardens@liveworkeatgrow.org.
  • Use best practices for water conservation
  • Water supply is limited.

8. Organic gardening methods only.

  • NO synthetic chemicals including; pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, weed killers, and fertilizers.
  • If you are unsure whether a product you want to use is allowed, search for it on the Organic Materials Review Institute website at www.omri.org.

9. Gardeners must commit to one day of garden service to the collective garden each season, as ability permits.

  • For those who can, consider joining from time to time in our weekly volunteer days. Contact the garden coordinator for more information.

10. You are responsible for managing the plant material and trash from your plot.

  • The gardens do not provide garbage or plant waste pick up.
  • The Hale Community Garden has community composting areas.

11. Closely supervise your children.

  • Help them learn respect for gardening and boundaries.
  • Children using tools in the garden must be under direct and constant supervision of a parent or responsible adult.
  • “Direct” means to be within sight and voice distance.

12. Do not take produce from other garden spaces without permission.

13. Use common courtesy, be considerate of your gardening neighbors and ENJOY gardening.