Rules and Regulations - 2015

Garden Rules

There are a limited number of rules that the Hamilton-Wenham Open Land Trust requires gardeners to follow, and what you plant in your plot is up to you. We do have a few rules, and gardeners that do not follow the rules of the garden will lose their garden privileges.

1. Maintain an annual family membership to Hamilton-Wenham Open Land Trust ($50) per plot, due each spring by April 15 (unless otherwise directed) (tax deductible)

2. Sign the Garden Plot Registration Form and Release annually, due with your membership. If you are sharing a plot with another individual or family, they must also fill out a Registration Form and Release

The Garden Plot Registration Form is an agreement that indicates that you understand your responsibilities as a gardener, and that if you do not follow the guidelines, your plot(s) may

3. Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden plot, and for keeping their plot in reasonably good order and appearance. Watering, weeding, harvesting and any other garden related maintenance are all the responsibility of the gardener. Gardeners may arrange for other gardeners to water their plots.

4. Plant and maintain your plot throughout the growing season. Plant-by date is the first Plots not maintained may be revoked unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time. This rule is intended to maintain maximum usage of the plots and to respect those on the waiting list for plots.

5. Winterize your bed in the fall (November 1, unless otherwise noted). Trellises, hoop houses, row cover and other season extension devices are encouraged, but are to be removed at the end of the growing season. If you are planning to maintain your garden past November 1, please contact the Garden Coordinator.

Gardeners must prepare their garden for the winter by removing past growth and cutting back old vegetation. The garden should be ready for planting in the spring in the event that a gardener gives up their plot.

6. Each gardener will be given a combination to the storage shed lock for access to tools and watering equipment. Keep the shed locked at all times and return all tools. A limited number of tools, hoses and watering equipment will be available in the community garden storage shed for use during the posted Pingree Park hours.

7. Maintain paths adjacent to your plot(s). The paths are common space, please keep them free of weeds and obstructions.

8. Access to the garden shall be through the Pingree Park entrance on Porter Street in Wenham. No motorized vehicles of any kind may be driven onto the Dodge Farm property. Parking shall be adjacent to the garden in the Pingree Park parking areas near the tennis courts. Please be courteous to other park users and bike or carpool when you can to minimize congestion. Park only in designated parking areas.

9. Please be considerate of shading your neighboring gardeners when planting especially tall crops or trellises.

10. Practice water conservation, and use the rain barrels when available. Never leave a hose running, and turn off water at the main spigots before leaving. We want to be water-wise for environmental and financial reasons. Also, leaving the spigots on can damage the hoses and cause breaks and leaks.

11. Children are welcome in the garden but must be accompanied by an adult and must be supervised at all times.

12. Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the garden.

13. Carry out your trash. There will be a compost area for organics.

14. Each gardener must complete a Release of all Claims form before any work in the garden

15. For those gardeners who have a second plot, if there is a waiting list for plots in subsequent years, you may be asked to give up your second plot so that everyone has a chance at having at least one plot.

16. We encourage organic gardening. Only certified organic fertilizers, pesticides and sprays are allowed. The application of herbicides (weed killers) to garden plots is prohibited.

17. Garden plots were first assigned in 2012, and thereafter any new gardeners will have plots awarded by a lottery system. Preference for next year's plots will be given to this year's participants first.

18. Preference will be given to Hamilton and Wenham residents and employees of local businesses for garden plots. Non-resident (non-Hamilton or Wenham) gardeners will be accepted on a year-to-year basis as space allows. Residents and local employees will have preference over nonresidents the following season.

19. Gardeners may harvest vegetables and flowers from their garden only unless other arrangements have been made.

20. At the end of the growing season, gardeners are responsible for clearing their plot of all
plant material and leaving the plot as they found it in the spring.

21. The Garden Committee is responsible for ensuring that the rules are followed at all times. The Garden Committee shall be the arbiter of disputes if they arise. The committee is made up of 5-10 gardeners, plus one member of the Board of the Hamilton Wenham Open Land Trust and one member of Hamilton Wenham Green.

22. Please be courteous to our neighbors and keep noise to a minimum.

23. Please be respectful of plants and equipment owned by our neighbor, Hugh J. Collins, Jr. Landscape Design, Inc. on the land surrounding the gardens. Nursery stock is not the Garden’s property and must not be damaged or disturbed.
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