Garden Guidelines

General Information

  • Register for a plot by completing an application and making payment. Any plot not cared for by May 15th is forfeited.
  • Gardeners are encouraged to volunteer to tend the Community Supported Garden (CSG) with the benefit of partaking of shares of the harvest.
  • Gardeners not keeping a plot over winter must clear out the plot by end of the season.
  • Regular meetings will be available for garden education opportunities/presenters and updates/ input.

Basic Garden Rules

  • We strive to be an Organic/Natural Garden. Keep your soil healthy, your plants will be healthy, and we and the birds and animals will be healthy. Compost is provided, cover crops encouraged. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers permitted. We are not particular about the seeds you choose to use. Please refer to the organic handbook posted on the garden bulletin board or request your own copy.
  • Garden plot holders are responsible for their own garden and for adjacent paths. Do not place fences across paths. Keep crops from growing into or hanging over paths. Paths need to be weed-free. Layer wood chips, early and often. Wood chips will be provided.
  • All children are welcome, with supervision. For safety reasons, please be aware of the risk of deer ticks and take necessary precautions.
  • Locate tall crops to avoid casting shade on other plots.
  • Garden is open dawn to dusk (approx. 6am – 9pm in summer months).
  • Smoking is prohibited in and around the garden.
  • Park in the designated area. Also be mindful of allowing space for cars to enter/exit.

Use and Conservation of Water – A Precious Resource

  • Please be careful not to waste water. Water may run only while you are present to attend it.
  • Keep paths clear to facilitate watering. Make every attempt to utilize Rain Barrels or other methods of conserving water.
  • DO NOT drink water from any spigots or hoses.

Garden Waste

  • Only non-flowering, non-invasive weeds and other vegetable matter are to be disposed of in designated compost area. Plastic, metal, invasive weeds (poison ivy, thistle, yellow nut sedge, etc.) and other non-veggie matter must be taken away with you. “Pack it in, pack it out.”
  • All stakes, stones, plastics, fencing, and wire must be removed from the garden at season’s end. It’s your responsibility.
  • Nothing may be left in the main path or outside the fence or garden edges that will impede mowing.
  • Please do not leave piles of netting in your garden plot. They trap birds.
  • Keep paths clear.
  • Use organic pest controls. For help solving pest problems, ask a garden neighbor or find a resource. Use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers is prohibited.  Please refer to the organic handbook posted on the garden bulletin board or request your own copy.

Tools and Troubleshooting

  • You are responsible for your gardening equipment, so please label it or take it home.
  • Some tools are available. Please care for tools as if your own and return to the shed after use so available for other gardeners. Please put tools away when finished using them. This is for the safety of other gardeners and for the longevity of the tools.
  • Please report concerns to Sr. Ana at 215-914-4109.

Community Supported Garden: Sharing Gifts, Talents, and Abundance

  • Gardeners committing to volunteer each week in some aspect of the Community Supported Garden (CSG) select an area that fits their schedule and ability. Any gardener choosing not to participate as a volunteer agrees to pay and adjusted plot fee and forego a share of produce from the CSG.
  • Volunteer responsibilities include gardening tasks as posted weekly, farm animal care, harvesting for markets and food cupboards, etc.  Gardeners choose a volunteer position at time of application.  Additional volunteer opportunities will be posted as they arise.
  • The Community Supported Garden supplies produce to gardeners, Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard, farmer’s markets and Garden Angels. The crop and quantity of harvest for gardeners will be listed on the garden bulletin board on a weekly basis. This usually occurs on the weekends.

Garden Parties: The Social Side of Gardening

  • Garden Planting “parties” will occur regularly. Family and friends are welcome to join in the joy of tending the garden with the added benefit of some down-to-earth fun.
  • Garden Socials and Dinners will be scheduled throughout the year to support our mission of nurturing sustainable community and enjoying good food. Your presence and participation are appreciated and encouraged.
  • Community Learning events provide opportunities for gardeners to learn from one another by sharing skills and interests.