Community Garden P-patch Guidelines
The following is an overview of responsibilities and rules for gardeners. It is provided for clarification; it is not our desire to put anyone in a position of being "garden police." If a gardener is ignoring a rule and it becomes a problem, there is a volunteer gardeners group that will do everything they can to find a positive resolution. These guidelines are set forth to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
Please keep the gates locked at ALL times. This is for your safety as well as the safety of your fellow gardeners. To operate the lock, line up the 4 numbers provided by staff, then (important) push up on the lock, holding the top of the ring and pushing from the bottom of the lock. Then pull down, and it should open. If you have problems with the lock, please contact Parks Planning and Development (253-856-5113), and we will service the lock.
RESPECT OTHERS' PLOTS
Please respect others' plots and harvest from your own plot only. Infringement of another gardener's plot could lead to removal; i.e., it may result in loss of plot, no refund, etc.
Please do not expand your designated plot. Allow space for vining or spreading crops. Do not let plants encroach on others' plots or into the walkways.
THE COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM IS AN ORGANIC GARDENING PROGRAM
Please adhere to ORGANIC gardening techniques only. Chemical pesticides and/or fertilizers are prohibited. Herbicides and insecticides made from synthetic materials are prohibited. Unsure whether a product is organic? Some claim they are, but if it's blue, for example, could it really be organic? Check the Organic Materials Review Institute to be sure.
Please use water efficiently. Use nozzles, water cans or buckets, no soaking hoses. Treat hoses carefully and return them when finished. When moving hoses, be sure to avoid your neighbor's plot.
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
Please, at the property owner's request, no pets are allowed on the property.
Please refrain from using foul language. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Please do not use loud radios. Please help keep the garden clean and clear of trash by adhering to the "pack in, pack out" rule with any garbage or litter.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF SHARED PATHS ADJACENT TO YOUR PLOT.
Please help with the maintenance of shared pathways/walkways. Keep them free of rocks, tools or other obstacles and replace wood chips as needed.
SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN
Closely supervise your children. Encourage and model respectful behavior towards neighbors and their garden plots.
TOOL SHED AND TOOL MAINTENANCE
Please help keep the tool shed clean. Clean tools before you put them back.
PRODUCE MAY NOT BE SOLD, BUT SHARING PRODUCE IS ENCOURAGED
Produce may be shared but not sold. Please consider giving to your neighbors in need or to the Kent Food Bank. You must pick and give the food yourself. Do not allow someone to pick when you are not present.
ABOVE-GROUND BUCKETS, CONTAINERS, STRAW AND NYLON STRING ARE PROHIBITED
Please do not use above ground buckets or containers. Please do not use straw and nylon string. Please refrain from using rocks to outline your plot.
Parking is usually available in the Bishop Storehouse Parking Lot between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Hours are subject to change. Otherwise parking is available west of the P-patch at the Kent Valley Ice Centre or at Neely O'Brien Elementary.
YOUR PLOT MUST BE FULLY UTILIZED
Your plot must be utilized. If you do not use your plot, it will either be re-assigned or reclaimed after a month of the initial opening (unless you have contacted Victoria Andrews and made arrangements).
Please put any organic refuse into the compost bin.