St. Barnabas Community Garden

Sharing God's Blessings with Others Through Our Garden

2020 Garden Rules and Information

I Will:

  • Respect all gardeners, their plots and common areas.
  • Have something planted by June 10, 2020 and keep it planted all season.
  • Harvest only my own crop unless given permission by another plot user.
  • Harvest produce when it is ripe and not leave it to rot.
  • Ensure my plot and surrounding areas are weed, litter and garbage free.
  • Practice water conservation.
  • Use mulch as appropriate to reduce the need for watering.
  • Participate with community gardening efforts by
    • attending, or sending a proxy to, at least 3 of the scheduled work days
    • doing at least one common area task, as seen on the calendar, when tending to my own plot
  • Participate in the fall garden clean-up each growing season.
  • Ensure my plot is cleaned up by October 31, 2020, except for any plants left to overwinter.
  • Ensure visitors and children follow all garden guidelines.
  • Ensure no pets of any kind will be allowed to enter the garden at any time.
  • 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:
    • mint
    • raspberries
  • 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.
  • 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.

The 2020 Garden Rules PDF is here…

Other Information

Communal Beds

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. 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.


  • The whiteboards in the shed are one way to communicate to one another, if a task is done, or if you would like to share specific parts of your harvest with others.
  • 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.
  • Gardeners who are away may leave a white stick in their beds if they would like others to water for them, or a green stick if something may be harvested.  These  are is the only exceptions to the rule that no-one should do anything to another gardener’s bed.
  • 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

StBarnabasGardenRules 2020

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