Garden Rules

Revised: 2/24/2021


  1. Only the garden manager may assign plots. Direct people to the manager if they are interested in a plot.
  2. You cannot give your plot to anyone else if you no longer wish to garden.
  3. The garden manager will contact you if she believes you are in breach of the rules.
  4. The garden manager or governing committee can terminate any gardener’s privilege to garden at anytime for breaking the garden rules.
  5. Gardeners in good standing may sign a new garden contract each season. You must submit your annual dues and the signed garden contract by April 15 each year, or you may lose your gardening privileges.
  6. Gardeners are not guaranteed the same plot each year, but changes in plot assignments will not be made without a valid reason. If you would like to change plots, contact the Garden Manager – change requests will be granted based on plot availability and gardener seniority.

Access to the Garden

  1. The garden is open and accessible all year​.
  2. Each gardener will be given​​the combination to the garden. Gardeners may not share the combination with anyone except immediate family members.
  3. Keep the gate unlocked while you are in the garden.
  4. Invite curious community members to explore and answer inquiries about joining our community garden.
  5. Lock the gate and shed if you are the last one out.

The Garden

  1. Do not enter, tend, or harvest from other people’s plots without permission.
  2. Return all communal gardening supplies to their proper location. If a communal tool is damaged,please contact the garden manager.
  3. You may bring your own tools into the garden to use in your plot, but you cannot store tools in the garden.
  4. You may not plant any illegal plants.
  5. Report stealing or vandalism to the garden manager.
  6. No pets or domestic animals are allowed in the garden.

Keep the Garden Clean

  1. Dispose of all trash and recyclable materials in the appropriate containers.
  2. Compost unwanted harvest and dead plants, and dispose of diseased plants promptly (​do​​ not compost tomatoes,weeds, diseased plants, or woody plants.​)

Pest Control and Fertilizers

  1. Do not use non-organic chemical pest killers or fertilizers (Miracle-Gro, for example). If you’re not sure, ​don’t use it​ until you ask someone. Want to learn more? Come to work days and ask fellow gardeners for tips on organic gardening, or learn to garden without chemicals with Southside Community Land Trust, URI Master Gardeners, and other local resources.
  2. Do not attempt to trap, poison, or control wild animals in the garden, even if they eat your tomatoes.

Water Use

  1. Use the hoses provided. Pay attention when maneuvering hoses so as not to inadvertently damage plants in other garden plots.
  2. Do not use sprinklers. Mulches such as straw, leaves, compost, or buckwheat hulls can help retain water in the soil.

Your Plot

  1. Soil must be turned by Memorial Day.
  2. By Thanksgiving, tidy your plot for winter by removing dead, overgrown plants. You may choose to plant a cover crop, amend with compost, and/or cover with mulch for winter.
  3. Respect the boundaries of your plot – limit vining plants and overhanging plants like sunflowers which could shade adjacent plots. Be sure to prune any overgrowth and frequently weed around your plot, including the walkway between plots.
  4. If you are unavailable, find someone who can water, weed, and harvest for you – this could be the garden steward. If the person is not a member of the garden, email the garden manager and be sure they know and follow all the rules. Inform the garden manager when you will be away for an extended period of time. The garden manager may harvest from your plot while you are away, but she is not required to do so: your plot is your responsibility.
  5. If your plot goes untended, you will be contacted by the garden manager. If your plot remains untended for two weeks after this contact, you can permanently lose your gardening privileges and the garden manager may reassign your plot to a new gardener.
  6. If you find that you are unable to tend your plot, please tell the garden manager ASAP so a new gardener can plant during the growing season.
  7. If you know you will not be returning the following season, tell the garden manager as early as possible and prepare your plot for the next person.
  8. If you give up your plot or it is reassigned, the garden manager can dispose of any personal property left in the plot (plant markers, tomato cages, etc.).

Workdays, Garden Meetings, Keeping in Touch

  1. You are responsible for ensuring that you are on the email list. Email is the primary means of communication for garden updates, workdays, meetings, etc.
  2. You must serve as a garden steward for one week each season. Garden stewards water and weed any communal plots and are available to care for plots for gardeners who are away.
  3. New gardeners must attend a garden orientation or speak with the garden manager to become familiar with how the garden functions and their responsibilities as a gardener.