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Guidelines and Responsibilities for Kent Community Gardeners


  • Always lock the gate behind you when entering or leaving the garden, no matter how quick your trip.
  • Report an inoperative lock to the Garden Coordinator at 253-856-5111.
  • Never unlock the gate for, or give the lock combination to, someone you don't recognize.
  • Garden hours are dawn until dusk every day.  Gardening at night is prohibited.
  • Always use tools properly and for their intended purpose.  Report broken tools to the Garden Coordinator at 253-856-5111.
  • Power tools are prohibited.  No exceptions.
  • Always supervise children closely.  Do not allow them to run, climb on anything, or throw anything.
  • All pets are prohibited. Do not bring any pets or animals into the garden.  
  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle while gardening.
  • Keep the paths and common areas free of weeds, trash, tools, and debris.
  • Report theft, vandalism, or trespassing to the Garden Coordinator at 253-856-5111.  Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.


  • Keep your telephone number, email, and mailing address up to date.  Contact the Garden Coordinator at 253-856-5111 with changes.
  • Attend the annual Community Garden Orientation before opening day.
  • The volunteer Community Garden Leadership Group may organize a group purchase of compost early in the season.  Details at Orientation.
  • Help create paths with city-provided wood chips at the annual work party prior to opening day.  All gardeners are encouraged to assist.
  • Prepare and begin working your plot(s) no later than June 1.
  • Beginning June 5, neglected plots will be offered waitlisters and the general public. Original renters will lose their rental fee, deposit, and plot. 
  • WEED YOUR ENTIRE PLOT(S). Do your part to prevent weeds from spreading! You can lose your deposit and plot if it becomes overgrown. 
  • Keep your plot(s) separated.  Do not adjoin any plots or remove any paths.
  • Clean the common tools when done using them and return them to the shed. Never remove the common tools from the premises.
  • Help keep the shed neat and organized. 
  • Replenish the paths around your plot(s) with city-provided wood chips as needed.
  • Clear everything out of your plot(s) by the annual October date provided so the ground can be tilled for the winter season.  This includes plants, stalks, fencing, stakes, weeds, twine, etc.  Burlap, fabric, or plastic sheeting must be completely removed.  Leaving debris in your plot(s) will result in loss of your deposit.


  • Use only organic gardening products and techniques.  Chemical herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or soil amendments are not allowed.  Ask another gardener or check your product at www.OMRI.org before using it if unsure.
  • Sprinklers and soaker hoses are prohibited. Use hose nozzles and watering cans to conserve water.  
  • Do not plant invasive or noxious plants of any kind.
  • Never use old tires for raised beds. They can leach toxins into the soil.
  • Use only the city-provided wood chips to replenish the paths.  If more are needed, contact the Garden Coordinator at 253-856-5111.
  • Pack out all trash.  Using the Bishop's Storehouse dumpsters is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not put weeds or diseased plants in the compost bin - pack them out with your trash. Place only crop refuse in the compost bin.  
  • Help turn the contents of the compost bin.
  • Never harm or trap any rabbits, birds, or other wildlife in the garden.  Use fencing, pinwheels, decoys, etc. to deter them instead.


  • Be considerate and practice safety in the garden.
  • Do not use crude, vulgar, or offensive language.
  • Tobacco in all forms is prohibited.  It is toxic to some plants and insects.
  • Alcohol and other intoxicants, including cannabis, are prohibited from the premises at all times.
  • Cannabis cultivation is prohibited.  No exceptions.
  • Use earphones, not loud radios.
  • Avoid shading your neighbor's plot(s).
  • Prevent spreading plants or vines from invading your neighbor's plot(s)
  • Harvest only from your own plot(s).
  • Do not sell any crops or produce from the garden.
  • Do share your extra bounty freely with family, friends and neighbors!
  • Please donate extra food to the Kent Food Bank, to help others in our community.  Thank you.