Community Garden Guidelines 2022

1 .Work or plant plot by May 10,  unworked plots will be reassigned. Plot fees will not be refunded. 

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. 

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. 

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. Consider the Interfaith Food Pantry or Southpaw Collective, if  you have extra.  We will put out a donation box. 

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. Water responsibly. Treat hoses carefully. Report water leaks to garden leadership at  blacksburgcommunitygardens@gmail.com. Water supply is limited. 

8. Organic gardening methods only. NO synthetic chemicals including; pesticides, insecticides, herbicides,  weed killers, and fertilizers.   

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.  

10. There is no garbage service. Please take all of your trash home. 

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. No dogs allowed inside the garden gate. 

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