2016 Community Garden Information & Policies

Welcome to the 2016 gardening season!  

The Driggs Community Garden at Lions Park is now in its 4th year. The garden was started in 2012 with the help of Mark Griese and improved in 2013 and 2014 with the help of David Scot.  In the last year, there has been a reduction in interest and care of the area, which we are hoping can be turned around this year so that the garden can stay! To that effect, we have planned the Saturday May 14th (Driggs Arbor Day) as a community work day at Lions Park and the Community Garden. Please join us 9am to 1pm.

Please review the policies below prior to signing up for your garden plot(s). If you have any questions about this information, please contact Annie Decker at adecker@driggsidaho.org.  Please use this webpage and www.facebook.com/DriggsCommunityGarden to stay up-to-date on Community Garden news and updates.


Information & Policies

Driggs Community Garden is run by volunteers.  The purpose of our community gardening program is to provide access to land, water and educational opportunities on gardening. The care and maintenance of the garden is the collective responsibility of the community gardeners.  Your participation is what makes the garden a success!

A Typical Growing Season

A garden plot requires time and constant effort at least 6 months out of the year in order to produce a healthy harvest. Here are some basic tasks for you to plan for:

  • Preparing Your Plot. You'll want to clear your plot of weeds before about June 1st of each year.  Nonorganic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are not allowed. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants. Loosening your soil and adding inputs such as compost, silt and/or sand before you plant will make your plants healthier and more resistant to pests and disease.
  • Planting.  To take advantage of the full growing season, it is recommended that planting is started in early June.  Plots must be planted by June 15th .  If a gardener has not used his/her plot by this date, the plot will be given to another gardener. The plot deposit will not be returned.  A second planting mid-late summer is recommended to take full advantage of the growing season.  Many cool weather crops flourish then and can give you a second harvest!
  • Plots.  We use high quality soil in a small space.  Plots are 3 feet wide and 8 feet long, with 4 in a row.  Volunteers and gardeners sieved topsoil, and mixed it with sand and compost to build the beds.  With this high quality soil, gardeners can plant much more closely than the back of a seed packet recommends.  And since the beds are narrow enough to reach the middle, there is no need to leave space between rows. 
  • Providing Water. Seedbeds must be hand-watered daily until sprouts appear above ground. Seedlings may need to be hand-watered daily for the first two weeks.  Once plants are established, they will need to be monitored to determine if the sprinkler irrigation system is adequate. 
  • Weeding. Time will be needed to keep weeds down in your plot and its surrounding pathways. By getting to weeds early in the spring, you will save on time and effort later in the season. 
  • Harvesting.  As plants mature and begin to produce, you must be there to harvest the fruits of your labor – the best reward of gardening!  Keeping ripe produce picked reduces garden pests and vandalism.
  • Preparing for Winter.  At the end of the season, the deadline to remove dead plant material from your plot is October 31st. Your soil will require a boost after giving so much to you throughout the growing season. Reward your soil by loosening it, incorporating aged compost and dried leaves, and/or planting cover crops.

 

Time Requirements

As with any other part of life, the more time you invest in gardening, the better your garden plot will be. It is recommended to visit the garden most days to observe the growth of your garden.  Generally, people spend 3-5 hours during each week observing the growth of their garden and tending their plot.  A community garden takes a lot of work to run well, and everyone is expected to donate some time to upkeep of the common areas. Some examples are maintaining paths, weeding common areas, and planting shared beds (herb gardens and flower beds).

Group gardening sessions, classes and other community activities will be posted on the website and facebook page.

 

Plot Registration

A $10 deposit is required from each gardener prior to planting or improving your bed(s), and will be returned at the end of the season if the plot(s) is(are) left in satisfactory condition, including but not limited to the condition of the soil and the absence of weeds.  Cash or checks are to be submitted to the City of Driggs to hold on to.  Gardeners may also choose to donate their deposit to be used exclusively for the garden.

 

Plants, Weeds & Pests

Planting of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers are allowed on individual plots in the garden.  No county declared noxious weeds are permitted on individual plots.  Please be considerate of neighboring plots and refrain from or limit the planting of any fast spreading plants such as mint.  No non-organic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers are allowed in order to protect our drinking water.   Our goal is to create and nurture healthy soil and a healthy plant environment in the garden. Gardeners using nonorganic herbicides, pesticides, and/or fertilizers will lose their gardening privileges!  If in doubt about the nature of a particular product, please check with Annie Decker.  Note:  we do not require that seeds are certified organic.

 

Weeds and Trash

It is the gardeners’ responsibility to control the weeds and trash in their own plots and adjacent pathways during the season, and to clear their plot of all additional materials and debris at the end of the season.  Because weeds take nutrition away from the soil, gardeners should keep their plot free of weeds as much as possible, and it is recommended to incorporate mulch on the topsoil of the garden bed to keep the weeds from germinating.  Gardeners are also asked to assist with weeding common areas.

 

Water & Tools

The Garden is being watered by the existing sprinkler system in Lions Park.  There is a hose faucet next to the garden.  All the tools and hoses currently at the garden are supplied by the gardeners and volunteers in order to get the garden started.  The Parks Committee of the City of Driggs donated funds for the fence. 

 

Theft

Each plot is essentially privately leased and although this is a Community Garden, the food grown is not for the community. Please take only the food that you grew in your own plot. Stealing of any kind is not permitted and will result in immediate loss of gardening privileges and forfeiture of any crops remaining in the garden.

 

Notification

Gardeners of plots that have not been planted, are weedy, or do not meet any other guidelines, will be notified. Failure to respond within 14 days will result in forfeiture of the plot. It is the responsibility of the gardener to notify the Garden Coordinator if no longer able to tend their plot.  Plot fees will not be returned.

 

Driggs Community Garden Administration

Driggs Community Garden Coordinator, Annie Decker,  will assign available plots and serve as the liaison between the gardeners and the City Public Works staff to provide infrastructure and manage water and sprinkler irrigation systems and pay for water use.  Driggs Community Garden reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to policies where and when appropriate.

 

If interested in reserving a plot for the 2016 Community Garden Season, please fill out the online form.