Guidelines

Carrot HarvestGarden Guidelines

  1. Community gardens are public spaces and must maintain a neat appearance throughout the year, including winter. All gardeners are expected to maintain a working garden which reflects seasonality and includes spring weeding and planting, summer maintenance, regular harvesting, fall clean-up and winter mulch.
  2. Crops are for personal use or donation, not commercial purposes, and must be legal. Vegetables, herbs, flowers, and small fruit plants for home consumption and donation are appropriate. No large structures, trees, or large collections of non-plant items are allowed.
  3. Temporary gardening structures such as trellises are allowed if they do not encroach upon paths, community spaces, or neighboring plots. Be considerate of your neighbors and orient your structures and plantings to avoid casting shade on other plots. Structures must be of neutral color to blend in with the landscape. All structures should be removed when a plot is vacated.
  4. Organic gardening is encouraged. The use of synthetic herbicides and/or pesticides is prohibited unless they are listed on the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) product list. Free natural gardening brochures and assistance are available, contact the Community Garden Program for more information at gardenmail@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2665.
  5. Gardeners are responsible for the cost of all phases of preparing their plots, which includes weeding, rototilling, and pathway maintenance for the paths bordering their plot. The City does not mow or provide regular upkeep to the pathways, or other common areas at the community gardens. Plants should not grow into or hang over the paths. The City supplies the garden space, water, hoses, compost (delivered once a year), and yard debris service.
  6. Each gardener is responsible for dealing with the garden material generated from their plot. On-site composting is encouraged, but must be limited to compostable materials produced at the community garden. There is no garbage service available at the gardens. Please keep trash and litter cleared from your plot, and take it home for disposal. Garden debris roll-carts will be available for your use from mid-spring through harvest time in the fall. Please use these carts only for garden debris waste (no garbage or plastic) and for materials from the community gardens.
  7. Gardeners must be in the garden while watering. Be considerate of your neighbors and water only in your plot. Be careful not to flood plots or paths. Conserve water by applying mulch, hand watering and watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. whenever possible. Water in the gardens is turned on by April 1, and shut off by October 31.
  8. Plots are not transferable. One plot per household. Gardeners are responsible for keeping addresses and phone numbers current with the office. If, for any reason, you need to relinquish your space, contact the Community Garden Program at gardenmail@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2665.
  9. Effective September 1, 2013, tobacco use is not permitted anywhere on city-owned or leased properties as well as any city-sponsored event or venues. To ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming environment for everyone, tobacco use is prohibited in all Beaverton Community Gardens.
  10. Gardeners are expected to adhere to program guidelines. Garden managers and staff will regularly monitor plots throughout the year. When gardeners are found to be in non-compliance, they will receive a letter notifying them of the problem and asking them to take action by a specified date. Gardeners who receive three notices in a year must vacate the plot, the plot will be reassigned and the registration fee forfeited.
*Guidelines are available in Nepali, please contact gardenmail@BeavertonOregon.gov or call 503-526-2665 for a copy.