GARDEN FAQ

You can find many details about the garden in our Garden Policy. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions.

PERSPECTIVE MEMBERS AND GENERAL REGISTRATION

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A PLOT?
Each Spring the garden hosts a registration event for new gardeners. Date and time details will be posted on this website and in the Waite Park Newsletter. Garden plots are allocated on a first-come / first served basis in this order – Waite Park neighborhood residents, Minneapolis residents, and then residents of any other suburbs or city

  • If you’re interested in obtaining a plot for the 2016 growing season as a new gardener, please attend registration event Saturday April 2nd from 10:00 – 10:30 am, or Wednesday April 6th from 8:00 – 8:30 pm. at the Waite Park Recreation Center, 1810 34th Ave NE, Minneapolis. (Directions)
  • Returning Gardener Registration Deadline: Saturday March 12th at 10:30am, at Waite Park Recreation Center.
  • $25 annual fee
  • 10-hours of service to the garden – anything from helping to maintain the grounds to serving in a leadership role
  • Garden plots are allocated on a first-come / first served basis in this order – Waite Park neighborhood residents, Minneapolis residents, and then residents of any other suburbs or city
  • For more information, please contact us at wpccngmember@gmail.com or on Facebook

1-hour garden orientation is mandatory for everyone in 2016. Orientation will take place at the garden. Dates are:

  • Saturday March 12th from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Saturday April 2 from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Monday April 11 from 6pm-7pm
  • Tuesday April 12 from 6pm-7pm.

Throughout the season, additional plots may become available. If you are interested in plot availability for this season or if you want to be notified of the registration date next season please contact us.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Each gardener must pay a $25 membership fee and perform 10 hours of garden service.

WHAT DOES  MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE?
Membership includes:

  • Assigned 12’x12′ (or equivalent) raised bed
  • Access to the garden irrigation system
  • Shared compost
  • Use of community shared tools
  • Share of community grapes

COMMUNITY

WHEN DOES THE GARDEN OPEN AND CLOSE FOR THE SEASON?
The garden will open to new members the second Saturday of May, which will include a Garden Workday and New Member Orientation.

The garden closes for the season on the second Saturday of November. All members must have their plots cleared by this date.

WHAT ARE THE GARDEN HOURS?
Dawn to dusk

IS THERE ANYONE AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS?
The garden is divided into seven sections, each with an assigned Section Leader. Your Section Leaders can help answer questions related to garden rules and procedures and may also be able to answer specific gardening questions. Your Section Leader will contact you early in the season.

Additionally, in 2016 the garden has a Master Gardener intern who is available to answer questions related to gardening. You can submit your question (along with your plot number and a method of contacting you) to the mailbox next to the tool shed. You can also post questions to the WPCG Facebook Group (available to WPCG members only).

HOW CAN I EARN MY SERVICE HOURS?
You can find more detail here, but in general you can earn service hours by working in community areas of the garden, participating in community events, and serving on the Steering Committee or in another volunteer position within the garden.

IS THERE SHARED COMPOST OR MULCH AVAILABLE? CAN I BRING A COMPOST BIN TO THE GARDEN?
The garden may receive an allotment of compost or mulch each year, though this is not guaranteed.  If available, they will be located in the center of the garden and will be labeled. Mulch (wood chips) and compost are for garden use only and should not be taken  home for personal use.

IS THERE AN ORGANIZED PROGRAM TO SHARE EXTRA PRODUCE?
We’re currently looking into options for donating extra produce to local food pantries and other organizations and will post more information when available.

If you want to share produce with other gardeners, you can post a message on the Facebook group with your plot number and the produce you’d like to share. You can also post this same information on the red kiosks in the garden.

 

PLOT-SPECIFIC

ARE THERE ANY TYPES OF PLANTS I’M NOT ALLOWED TO GROW?
Members are prohibited from allowing shrubs, bushes, trees, berry bushes or heavy stalk plants to grow in the WPCG garden plots. If a WPCG Member leaves the garden or changes plot, they are responsible to remove any small perennials they may have planted within their plot.

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON THE TYPES OF FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES THAT I USE?
WPCG is an organic garden. No pesticides or herbicides are allowed. Weeds and pests should be removed by hand, and prevented by mulching or other non-chemical methods. Natural fertilizers 10-10-10 or less may be used. Dry fertilizer must be mixed or covered with dirt, peat moss, compost or organic matter.

AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR ADDING SOIL AMENDMENTS TO MY PLOT?
Community compost may be available throughout the season. Please be respectful of other gardeners and only use your share. You are encouraged to add your own soil amendments to your plot, but it must be organic and of good quality (so as not to introduce disease or other pests into the garden).

CAN I ADD ANY STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS TO MY PLOT?
Gardeners may alter the structure of their plot within the already existing borders. Examples may include sectioning off parts of the plot, adding climbing plant support or decorative elements, and terracing the plot.

WPCG may offer assistance for terracing plots. If you are interested in terracing, send and email to WPCCNGmember@gmail.com.

DO I HAVE TO PLANT MY GARDEN BY A SPECIFIC DATE?
There is no official deadline for planting, but even if you are not actively gardening your plot you are responsible for maintaining the plot by weeding as necessary throughout the season. Section Leaders will monitor plots throughout the season and contact gardeners if a plot is not maintained or appears to be abandoned.

WILL SOMEONE MAINTAIN THE AREA SURROUNDING MY PLOT?
The Mowing Chair and Maintenance Chair will coordinate maintenance of larger shared community areas. Walkways and fence areas will need to be maintained by individual members. Work done in these areas (weeding and replenishing wood chips in pathways) will count towards your garden service hours. Let your Section Leader or the Maintenance Chair know when you perform these tasks.