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.
  • All Gardeners commit 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.
  • 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. There is a locked chain across the drive at other times. Gardeners are responsible for replacing the chain when leaving the garden if no one else is there.
  • Get to know your fellow gardeners so that you may recognize unauthorized people.
  • Park in the designated areas -on the shoulder of the road or grassy area near community garden entrance. This is a county access road and needs to be kept open. Also be mindful of allowing space for cars to enter/exit. During rainy wet conditions please do not park up by the garden for risk of getting stuck.

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.
  • The water from the Yellow Hose is only to be used for washing produce. This is the only source of water that is drinkable. DO NOT drink water from any spigots or other hoses.

Garden Waste

  • Weeds and other vegetable matter must be disposed of in designated compost area. Plastic, metal 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 outside the fence or garden edges that may 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.

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 commit to volunteer each week in the Community Supported Garden (CSG). Plot holders and garden volunteers are responsible for the upkeep of a 50-foot Garden Bed. All members sharing a plot and any family/couples that solely volunteer in the garden will share 1 Garden Bed. Additional Garden tasks will be posted and updated regularly. Any gardener not participating in the CSG area will forfeit their plot.
  • Volunteer responsibilities include mulching, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. A list of tasks will be posted weekly.
  • 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.