Conshohocken Community Garden Guidelines and Rules

I WILL

  • Support building a community of gardeners in Conshohocken Community Garden.
  • Practice to best of my ability sustainable and organic gardening practices.
  • Conserve water at all times. No more than 15 minutes of watering at a time.
  • Turn off the water completely when finished.
  • Keep my garden plot at least 75% planted between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Keep my plot free of weeds and dead plants when lying fallow.
  • Keep my plot free of Bermuda grass, morning glory and all other weeds.
  • Plant all plants in the ground, in raised beds, or in an appropriate manner for the plot (such as pots for flowers and bag planting for potatoes). Plant crops that grow over four feet in height in the center of my plot.
  • Keep my garden plot free of overripe, rotting and spoiled fruit and vegetables.
  • Refrain from token plantings or planting a cover crop, unless specifically approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Put trash in the appropriate container. Coil the hose on the storage rack in a neat manner when not in use. Take care to straighten all kinks while coiling the hose.
  • Report problems with hoses or other equipment promptly to any Board Director.
  • Allow a right of way through aisles for others to run a hose to water their garden.
  • Compost appropriately.
  • Participate in developing and maintaining common areas.
  • Leave the common area in good condition after any social event

I WILL NOT

  • Use pressure treated wood in my plot.
  • Cut or damage any hose.
  • Bring or dump trash from home or from outside the garden.
  • Construct a fence in excess of 54 inchesCreated by McConnell, Paul in height from path level around the plot, including vegetable fences. Fencing will not be solid wall fencing.
  • Allow the soil height to exceed the boundary board on my plot.
  • Store excess/unused tomato cages, trellises and/or stakes in my plot or leave them in the common areas of the garden. Abandoned materials are property of the garden after November 15th to be used for common spaces or donated plots.
  • Have trellises, supports or cages that exceed five feet in height and will not let them shade neighboring plots.
  • Construct any shade structures or greenhouses or use black shade cloth as a fencing material.
  • Erect any statues, flags, or banners or other ornaments in my plot greater than 24 inches in height. I will not have any more than two of the above items in my plot.
  • Use synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or rodent repellants. If I have a question on what is considered organic or acceptable, I shall check with the Board of Directors.
  • Let plants over four feet in height shade my neighbors plot
  • Bring grass clippings to the garden.
  • Leave any dead plants in my plot.
  • Use guns, bow/arrows, or other projectiles against rodents and other pest-animals, for the safety of others and consistent with Borough Ordinances.

 

Other rules:

  • I will not plant any illegal or poisonous plants, plants that spread through underground runners, canes or other such means, or any plants deemed by the Board to be unsuitable. Examples of unsuitable plants include:
    • Bamboo
    • Mint
    • Cactus
    • Morning glory (flower or weed)
    • Cane berries
    • Castor beans
    • Chaote squash
    • Jerusalem artichoke
    • 4 o’clock flower
    • Sugar cane
    • Wisteria
  • I will not plant rose types that spread through underground runners
  • I will not plant any perennial that grows to over 4 feet tall.
  • Corn and sunflowers are only permissible to be planted in plots that are directly along Elm Street or along the rear fence in shared community space as decided by the membership and should be planted to minimize shade on other plots.

Updated Jan 2017

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