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For most gardeners, the growing season will be from April through October. Some gardeners will put in spring crops as early as February and others may have crops growing late into the fall or even winter. Year-round gardening is encouraged.
By April 30 your garden should be in the getting-started stage. Some getting started activities are:
By October 31 fall clean up should be complete, this includes:
While very uncommon, it can happen. To report theft, vandalism, or an afterhours water leak, please contact non-emergency police at 503-629-0111. If you feel that you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. If a water leak occurs during normal business hours, please call Public Works at 503-526-2220. After calling the appropriate number for any reason, please notify the garden program, as well.
Any gardener confirmed of taking vegetables, flowers, or supplies from another’s plot will have their garden privileges revoked. Gardeners are encouraged to harvest crops regularly to reduce the temptation of theft by others.
Rodents and other wild animals may be prevalent in the undeveloped area surrounding the various garden sites; it is the responsibility of the individual gardener to control these pests within their own garden space.Maintaining an active plot is the #1 thing you can do to deter rodents. Regular harvest and cleanup will help reduce the problem of rodents. If you are composting on site please be sure to turn your compost regularly and do not add any meat or grains; only vegetable matter from your garden plot is allowed.Non-permanent fencing is allowed, which can help deter some animals. Please keep in mind that fences may not cross garden pathways.
Organic gardening focuses on building healthy soil that can sustain healthy plants. Organic gardening encourages the natural balance between living organisms in the soil. It is also safer for pollinators, wildlife, pets and humans.
For more information on organic gardening please visit Metro’s Yard and Garden page, www.OregonMetro.gov/garden.