The Ewing Community Garden is an all-volunteer, active, working community garden; and as such requires all members to assist in the daily, weekly and seasonal care, upkeep, and support of the garden. The garden experience involves individually maintained garden plots, as well as cooperative efforts in caring for the entire garden site. Because a community garden is a shared space, gardeners need to be considerate of their gardening neighbors. The following Rules and Guidelines have been designed to facilitate: community garden safety; a community garden environment gratifying to work in; pleasant for gardeners, neighbors, and the general public to look upon.
Community Clean Up—Many hands make light work. There are overall maintenance chores involved in running any community garden. Participation in scheduled cleanups and maintenance chores is strongly requested so that the “community” aspect of community gardening is realized.
Plot Maintenance—Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of his/her plot(s). Regular watering, weeding, harvesting and any other garden-related maintenance are all the responsibility of the gardener.
- Pathways immediately surrounding assigned plots need to be kept passable and free of any vegetation, debris, and garden hardware.
- Untended weeds go to seed and will spread throughout the entire garden site. Good neighbors keep weeds at a minimum so that everyone enjoys the community gardening experience.
- Crops, plants, and vines and vegetation must be contained within the boundaries of the member’s own plot so they don’t grow onto adjacent paths or another member’s plot. Remember vining plants such as zucchini and squash need a lot of space and must be controlled.
- Watering. Use only as much water as you need. Do not leave running water unattended. Do not flood pathways or other garden plots. Coil hoses in a neat manner after using. Notify garden leadership, email@example.com or the Township if a leak is noticed.
Fences—No perimeter fences or other barriers around individual plots are permitted. Individual fences hinder path maintenance, encourage weeds between plots and are often unsightly.
Height Restrictions—Gardeners should not plant tall plants where they will shade a neighbor’s plants. Please keep internal garden structures, (plant supports, cages, stakes) under 8 feet.
No-till/organic section—Sites listed as organic (roughly the eastern half of the garden site) will not be tilled and are to be gardened following organic gardening guidelines. This includes, at a minimum, no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. If you have questions about what counts as organic, ask a fellow gardener or visit this site: http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/what-is-organic-gardening
Plant restrictions—Garden plots may be used to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Shrubs and perennials can only be planted in non-tilled plots, and must not exceed height restrictions. BANNED PLANTS: trees, and plants that may be considered invasive, poisonous, or may cause physical harm, for example: castor beans, bamboo, all mints, and morning glories.
Harvesting—Gardeners may only harvest vegetables and flowers from their own gardens, unless given explicit permission to harvest from another plot by that plot’s holder. Pick and remove ripe produce promptly. Keep garden plot(s) free of overripe, rotting and spoiled fruit and/or vegetables. A table by the bulletin board will be made available for gardeners to share or donate their unwanted produce.
Pets and Children—Pets and children are welcome in the garden when accompanied by an adult and well supervised.
Parking—Parking is only permitted on the street and along the eastern edge of the plot by the large gate.
Composting —There are several compost bins located throughout the garden. Materials in them are for common use. Please do not put plant material that has gone to seed or ANY mugwort (including the roots) in the compost bins, as this will spread weeds to rest of the garden.
Trash/Recycling/Rocks—Gardeners are responsible for taking any trash from their site to the established township trash pick-up. Adhere to Township garbage policy when disposing of waste, in particular weight restrictions. Rocks must be deposited at designated rock pile, outside the main gate.
Abandonment—If a gardener must abandon a plot he/she should notify garden leadership promptly either in person or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After May 15, if no notification is received and no activity is observed for three weeks at the plot, the lease may be terminated. If a plot becomes unkempt, gardeners will be given 2 weeks notice to clean it up. After two weeks, if the plot has not been maintained, gardeners understand that the plot will be forfeited and reassigned.
End of Season—In the tilled plots, gardeners are responsible for clearing their plot of all plant material and non-biodegradable materials (stakes, trellising, netting, plastic materials, tomato cages) at the end of the growing season, leaving the plot as they found it in the spring. In the no-till organic plots, gardeners are responsible for the appearance and safety of their plots and all materials in them.