GENERAL GARDEN RULES 2016 Garden Season
- Respect all gardeners, their plots and common areas.
- Have something planted by June 11, 2016 and keep it planted all season.
- Harvest only my own crop unless given permission by another plot use
- Harvest produce when it is ripe and not leave it to rot.
- Ensure my plot and surrounding areas are litter and garbage free.
- Practice water conservation.
- Use mulch as appropriate to reduce need for watering.
- Participate in the fall garden clean-up each growing season.
- Ensure my plot is cleaned up by October 31, 2016, except for any plants left to overwinter.
- Volunteer hours towards community gardening efforts.
- Ensure visitors and children follow all garden guidelines.
- Ensure no pets of any kind will be allowed to enter the garden at any t
- Ensure no smoking in the garden and immediate areas.
- Not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or soils/composts pre-treated
with any of these in the garden.
- Water my plots by hand (watering can).
- Deal with insect and weed infestations promptly to prevent spread to other areas.
- Adequately dilute emulsified fish and seaweed fertilizers prior to application so as not to attract cats to the site.
- Help maintain the composting system by following the Composting and Mulching Guidelines.
- Ensure the following is not added to the compost:
- diseased plants
- weeds that have gone to seed or with roots that will regrow (e.g. dandelions)
- meat or dairy products (with the exception of blood meal and bone meal)
- chemically treated wood
- conifer needles
- pet waste or feces
- potato plants.
- Not plant the following without special permission from garden committee:
- any plant on the list of invasive plant species for Alberta (http://invasiveplants.ab.ca/).
- Ensure trellises are stable in all weather conditions and do not shade other plots.
- Plant tall crops where they will not shade neighbouring plots.
- Clean and return to tool shed shared garden tools.
- Add any grass clippings from the front yard to the compost as I find them.
- Help pull weeds from the front lawn when I come to take care of my plot.
- Not use genetically modified (GMO) seeds or plants.
- Ensure cold frames do not exceed 2 ft in height above the frame of the bed.
- Not place any structures beyond the boundary of your assigned bed.
There are several communal areas in the garden. The small herb beds contain both perenniel and annual herbs. Help yourselves to these whenever you need any but try not to completely denude the plants for others.
The same applies to apples, cherries, blackcurrants, nasturtiums, runner beans and anything else planted along the fence. If it is ready and you want it, help yourself. It goes without saying that no-one should pick huge amounts and freeze them.
The main perennial vegetable bed currently contains asparagus, rhubarb and jerusalem artichokes aka sunchokes.
Pull up stalks with a quick jerk. Never cut them. Please leave at least 3 stalks per plant or they will not continue to grow. Never eat the leaves. It is OK to put the leaves on the compost.
This needs a lot of water so when the rain barrels are full please water the trenches when you see they are dry. Nothing may be harvested this first year ( 2013) and very little in 2014 if it grows well. This is for future gardeners to enjoy. The committee will send a notice when this is sufficiently established for you to help yourselves. It must never be completely picked, Several stalks per plant must be left to grow into tall ferns and nourish the plant for the next year. A really good asparagus bed can take up to 7 years to establish, so it may be up to a future committee to announce a full harvest. Meanwhile, we will let you know when it may be lightly picked.
The committee will decide when they are ready to be dug up and harvested and an announcement will be made.
- You may not weed, water, dig, or in anyway disturb another bed unless specifically asked to do so. Last season some crops were helpfully weeded out because they looked like weeds, and some people had their beds watered much more than they wanted.
The suggestion that gardeners who are away might put a white stick in their beds if they would like others to water for them is the only exception to the rule that no-one should ever do anything to another gardener’s bed. This worked well last year, and the consensus is to keep this up. Of course, please remove the white stick when you have returned!
- Please do not leave containers open in the garden that may collect water which may become breeding sites for mosquitos once the weather warms up