Community Garden Plot Rules

Having returned from a visit to our community garden plots, Steph and I feel that it is necessary to publicize several rules requiring Community Garden Plots.  (Click to enlarge all images.)

  1. Do Not Abandon Your Plot :

    Gardening is not a Plant-And-Forget technique.  It requires regular visits to remove weeds, prepare soil, tend to plants, etc.  This takes time, sometimes four or five months.  While the average American in this day and age barely has the patience to finish this sentence, we implore you – Do not abandon your plot.

    Abandoned Plot = Bad
    Abandoned Plot with Squash, Potatoes, and more that will never see the table.
  2. Keep The Pathway Clear :

    The pathway between your plot and any neighbors is all of your responsibility.  Man-up and help keep it clear of weeds.  Better yet, lay down a nice thick layer of straw to keep the weeds down.

    Sorry, No, Your Squash Does Not Get the Walkway
    Sorry, No, Your Squash Does Not Get the Walkway
  3. Supplementary Rule – Zucchini Harvest :

    During Zucchini season, it is permitted (and strongly recommended) that you lock your car doors while working at the community garden.  This prevents other miscreant gardeners from off-loading their abundance of extra zucchini into your vehicle.

    Pay Attention to the Windows Too
    Don't Forget to Secure the Windows
  4. Safe Guarding Your Perimeter (aka The “Possession is 9/10ths of the Law” Rule) :

    If you find yourself having to actually remove/cut down actual plants (i.e. squash or beans) that has begun to infiltrate your plots perimeter or tear down your fence, you are permitted to take any produce from that plant.

    This would classify as a threat to the perimeter.
    Yes, the weeds on the left would classify as a threat to the perimeter.
  5. Machetes Are Not Garden Tools :

    Should a machete is required to remove weeds, said plot owner forfeit all rights to any produce that emerges from that plot, however unlikely.

    Right Side = Well Tended Plot,  Left Side = Machete Playground
    Right Side = Well Tended Plot, Left Side = Machete Playground