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Garden Etiquette

Gardening Courtesy and Communication 
The main goal in the community garden is to work together or next to each other in relative harmony. Please be courteous in all interactions, and work together to resolve any disagreements. Contact your Garden Coordinator for guideline clarifications or plot delineation. Garden Coordinator will check plots regularly to encourage productive use by participants. Gardeners should make arrangements for plot maintenance and notify the Garden Coordinator if they will be away for more than a week.

Role of Garden Coordinator 
• Keep track of plots that are used well, that are neglected, or are abandoned, and reissue to wait listed gardeners. 
• Organize and lead site garden meetings or events.
• Form work parties to enhance the maintenance or renovation of the community areas at the site. This may include plot layout, compost work, planting or mulching. 
• Recruit service learning volunteers and volunteers to work on site projects and programs. 
• Organize maintenance for shared areas and assist with habitat areas
• Help to resolve a conflict regarding garden site issues such as: pathway lines, water time and use, and other site issues. A measure of logic and cooperation is always the best approach.

What constitutes a “working garden?” 
A garden plot must be maintained, planted or mulched, and stay within its boundaries. Plots may not be consistently weedy, untended or filled with debris. Gardeners are expected to spend at least 2 hours per week, on average, tending the plot during the growing seasons.

Plot Maintenance
While plots do not need to be absolutely weed-free at all times, plots must be reasonably maintained. “Reasonably maintained" means weeds must be under control and while produce is being harvested.

Growing Seasons 
Gardeners are responsible for keeping the plot gardened, cover-cropped or mulched. Weedy plots are subject to warning and cancellation. The spring growing season is approximately February through May. Summer growing season is approximately June through August. Fall gardening is usually September and October, with most gardens prepared for winter with mulch or cover crop. Perennial crops and some annual winter hardy crops may be over-wintered, but should be maintained.

What to Grow 
Vegetables, herbs, flowers, and small fruit plants for home consumption are appropriate. It is not acceptable to allow quantities of produce to rot. No large structures, trees, or large collection of non-plant items are allowed.

Community Work
Please do your part to care for our shared space by:
•    Maintaining compost as directed by the coordinator
•    Returning all tools cleaned to the tool shed after each use
•    Coiling the hose after use and turning off the water
•    Refraining from harming wildlife
•    Refraining from use of any non-organic chemicals

Water Availability 
Water in the gardens is turned on by April 1st until January 20th. 
Pathway Maintenance 
Plants should not grow into the paths, or hang over the paths. Each garden site will designate path maintenance responsibility.

Tool Care 
Any soil that clings to the metal surface of your tools should be removed. You will probably find it easier to wash off the larger soil patches with a strong stream of water from the hose. Small soil particles and rust spots are easily removed with sandpaper. It pays to keep your tools in good working order. They will last much longer and will operate more efficiently if you do. 
Notification of abandoned/under-worked garden
1. Garden Coordinator calls gardener to set date for work to be done by gardener. 
2. If gardener does not meet agreed-upon date, gardener will receive a 5-day notice to clean up garden or lose plot.
3. If gardener does not respond, gardener will receive a cancellation letter, and the plot will be assigned to another gardener.

Using the Barbeques
Anyone who uses the barbeques must clean the utensils and take out all associated trash when they are done. Please respect the difference between the regular barbeque and the vegan barbeque -this means no meats and no dairy products may be on this barbeque.

Alcohol & Smoking
Alcohol and smoking products are not permitted in the community garden.

Forbidden Plants
The following are not allowed in the garden at any time for any reason: Tobacco plants products, hemp/cannabis, Morning Glory, Mint and Mint relatives which includes Lemon Balm and Catnip.

Selling Garden Produce
Products of the PSU Community Garden may not be sold.