Garden guidelines

Each gardener is part of a community of gardeners and needs to work with others in relative harmony in order to make a positive gardening experience for everyone.

1. Community gardens must maintain a neat appearance throughout the year. All gardeners are expected to maintain a wPhoto of woman pulling carrots from garden plot.orking garden which reflects seasonality

a. During the growing season (April - October), show you are using your plot by:

  • Preparing the soil for planting
  • Planting and growing crops
  • Harvesting ripe produce
  • Weeding, especially weeds in flower or setting seed

b. During the off season (November - March), continue to care for your garden plot by:

  • Removing dead and dying plants
  • Mulching or applying a cover crop
  • Neatly storing seasonal structures like tomato cages, stakes and trellises
  • Weeding, especially weeds in flower or setting seed

c. Meet the Spring Getting Started and Fall Clean Up deadlines

  • Spring Getting Started deadline is April 30. Plots must show signs of being worked including weeding and planting
  • Fall Clean Up deadline is October 31. All dead and dying plants must be removed and the plot winterized and materials neatly stored

d. Gardeners are responsible for maintaining the paths bordering their plot.

  • Keep paths bordering your plot at least 3 feet wide
  • Remove weeds from the path and directly alongside the fence, if your plot touches a fence
  • Spread wood chips along paths
  • Keep plants within the boundaries of your plot

e. Temporary gardening structures are allowed, but they must meet the following criteria:

  • All structures are subject to program approval
  • Do not encroach upon paths, community spaces, or neighboring plots
  • Orient structures to avoid casting shade on other plots
  • Structures must be easily removable, and removed by the gardener when a plot is vacated
  • Fencing and structures must be a neutral/natural color and well maintained

2. The City of Beaverton does not provide garbage service at the gardens. Each gardener is responsible for managing their own waste

  • Do not dump waste material inside or outside of your plot
  • All garbage must be taken home
  • The city may require removal of material items from a plot
  • Garden debris roll-carts are available for your use from mid-spring through fall clean up. Please use these carts only for garden debris waste - no garbage, plastic, dirt, sod or rocks
  • Gardeners may compost inside their plot, but it must maintained - meaning turned weekly and monitored for pests

3. Organic gardening is required

  • 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 or 503-526-2665

4. Watering

  • Gardeners must be in their plot while watering
  • Automatic waterers or timers are not permitted
  • Help conserve water by watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Please report any leaking faucets or hoses to program staff or your garden steward
  • Water is turned on by April 1 and shut off by November 15

5. Prohibited plants

  • Plants are for personal or donation use only, not commercial purposes
  • No trees
  • No invasive plants
  • No mint, except in pots
  • No federally controlled plants

6. Prevent rodents and stinging insects from building homes in your garden

  • Remove piles of debris and regularly turn compost piles. Only add vegetable matter from you plot; never add grains or meat from home to your garden compost
  • Remove food sources by harvesting produce when ripe
  • Dump standing water
  • Do not feed the birds or squirrels. Bird/squirrel food attracts mice and rats
  • Rodenticides (rat poison) are not allowed in the garden

7. Plots are not transferable

  • There is a one plot per household limit
  • If a gardener needs to relinquish their plot, they must contact the Community Garden Program, or 503-526-2665
  • Potential new gardeners interested in gardening at one of our locations can express interest by adding themselves to the waitlist at at the bottom of the Registration Process page
  • If you give up your garden plot after you have registered, or if you fail to maintain your plot and it is assigned to another gardener, your plot fee will not be refunded

8. No smoking policy

  • 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

9. Other policies

  1. Gardening hours are from dawn to dusk. The use of power equipment is restricted to the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  2. Children are encouraged to garden and must do so with supervising adults to ensure that other plots are not disturbed.
  3. Dogs are allowed in the gardens, but they must be leashed or contained at all times. They cannot roam throughout the garden or into other garden plots, and dog owners must clean up after their pet and take any waste home.
  4. For safety reasons, firepits and open flame are not allowed.

Gardener accountability and policy enforcement

Gardeners are responsible for following the garden guidelines and meeting all deadlines. Staff and volunteer garden stewards will regularly monitor plots throughout the year. If a gardener is not following the garden guidelines, staff will notify them.

  • Notices alert gardeners to what must be done to bring their plot into compliance with the guidelines and a deadline is established for completion.
  • The city can immediately cancel a gardener’s registration due to non-compliance for any reason. The gardener will be notified and given 14 days to vacate the plot.
  • Gardeners who receive notices are encouraged to contact program staff to work out a garden plan to keep their plot.