South Zone Community Gardens Association

2020 Garden Use Agreement (FINAL DRAFT)

 

Please note that all work in the gardens is done by volunteers. We are always looking for gardeners to help with various tasks throughout the season. Watch your e-mails for volunteer requests for grass cutting, putting out hoses and strings in the spring and putting them away in the fall as well as many other tasks.

 

1   Garden Plot Assignment

 

 

2    Fees

  • The small (20’ x 25’) plots, both annual and perennial, have an annual fee of $45.00.

  • The large(20’ x 45’) plots, both annual and perennial, have an annual fee of $65.00.

  • Known flood-prone plots have an annual rental fee of $45.00.

  • Gardeners will be charged a cleanup penalty fee equal to the annual fee if they fail to clean their garden plot before October 12, 2020.

  • Failure to pay any fee or penalty will result in the loss of garden privileges.

  • Other fees as considered necessary by the Board may be implemented to ensure compliance with the rules and good gardening practice.

  • Fees are non-refundable.

  • Plot rental fees for returning gardeners must be received after Jan. 1st, and before Feb. 28th.

  • Zone Board or Community Association annual membership fee is $5.00. ( See Section 7)

 

3   Utilities

  • Water will be available, weather permitting, from mid-May to late September.

  • A portable toilet will be available for the use of gardeners during the gardening season.

  • Garbage and recyclable material must be taken home or otherwise removed from the garden area.

  • Tilling of the annual garden plots will be done by the Provincial Capital Commission in the Fall, weather permitting

 

4   Rules and Guidelines

4.1 Plot Boundaries

  • Make sure you plant within the stakes at the corners of your plot. Plants outside the boundaries of a plot may be damaged by grass cutting or tilling.

  • If your plot is adjacent to a walkway, do not plant in the walkway or so close to it that plants will overgrow it.

  • Gardeners with plots adjacent to a walkway between plots are responsible to keep their half of the walkway free of weeds and grass.

  • Do not dig trenches or leave dirt clods on the grass, as this creates a hazard for the volunteers cutting grass.

  • Do not move the boundary stakes.

 

4.2 Weed, Grass and Plot Management

  • All gardeners must keep their gardens free of weeds and grass.

  • Weeds are best controlled if removed when they are small.

  • No garbage, dirt clumps, garden tools, sticks, weeds, tree branches, or boards are to be left in the walkways.

  • If you are not managing your own compost pile within the boundaries of your garden plot, weeds, grass and other plant materials are to be placed in the designated compost piles.

  • No bark chips – this creates a hazard for the volunteers cutting grass.

  • If grass is encroaching on your garden, consider leaving a two foot wide strip around your plot unplanted so the grass can be controlled throughout the growing season.

  • If gardeners hire or do their own tilling, they are responsible to ensure there is no damage to the water stands or adjacent plots.

  • Corn stalk roots, sunflower roots and other large root masses must be dug out and removed from the plot in the Fall, as they adversely affect tilling.

  • If away for holidays or other reason, arrange to have someone care for your plot.

4.3 Watering

  • Do not leave hoses unattended when watering.

  • Do not let water overlap your neighbour’s garden.

  • After use, coil the hose at the water tap without tangling it on itself and turn off both taps.

 

4.4 Gardens Infested with Weeds or Grass

  • Infested gardens will receive a first warning to remove weeds or grass within 7 days.

  • Failure to comply with first warning will result in “weed warning” sign and a second warning to remove weeds or grass within 7 days.

  • Failure to comply with both warnings will result in a penalty being assessed or the garden plot being mowed and/or tilled to prevent the spread of weeds. The gardener will lose future gardening privileges on the plot.

 

4.5 Compost Piles

  • Several compost piles are designated around the perimeter of the garden area..

  • Gardeners are to place grass, weeds and other plant material on the composting piles.

  • Under no circumstances may glass, metal, plastic, garbage or other non-compostable material be put in the compost piles.

 

4.6 Removal of Garbage and Other Materials

  • Remove garbage and all materials brought into the garden during the course of the year (such as tomato cages, cans, boards, wooden stakes, steel stakes, string, garden tools, tree branches, hoses, plastics, bricks, concrete blocks, plastic fences, loose boards and pails). Perennial plot holders may neatly store garden materials on their plots.

 

4.7 Removal of Diseased Plants

  • The South Zone Community Gardens has been affected by a disease called blight over the past several years. Check our web site for links to information on this disease. If you suspect your tomatoes or potatoes have this disease, remove them from the garden area and dispose of them in your home garbage.Do not place diseased vegetation in the compost piles.

 

4.8 Use of Synthetic Herbicides and Insecticides

  • Herbicides (such as glyphosate or any other weed killers) and insecticides are prohibited.

  • Only biological/physical controls and organic pesticides to control weeds and insects are permitted.

  • The use of other weed and insect management practices (such as mulching, companion planting and the use of naturally occurring insect control products) is encouraged.

 

4.8 Perennial Plants

  • Perennials such as raspberries, strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb are only permitted in the perennial plots.

  • In non-perennial plots, any perennials will be removed.

  • Trees are not permitted in any garden plots.

  • A perennial garden plot policy explaining what is permitted on perennial plots is available on our web site or upon request.

 

5   Contact Information

  • E-mail szcg@szcomgardens.com.

  • Visit our web site at www.szcomgardens.com.

 

6   Zone Board or Community Association Membership

The South Zone Community Gardens Association is a direct program of the South Zone Recreation Board.  Participants in the Community Garden are required to hold a valid annual membership in the South Zone Recreation Board, another City of Regina Zone Board or any City of Regina Community Association.   The annual membership fee is $5.00.

 

7   Waiver of Liability

By signing the SZCG registration form, gardeners acknowledge and accept the risks associated with community gardening.  Gardeners shall use and occupy their rented garden plot and garden grounds at their own risk and shall hold harmless the South Zone Community Gardens Association and its associated organizations for personal injury as well as loss or damage to crops, equipment or personal property due to vandalism, weather, weeds, rodents, theft of produce or equipment failure..

 

8   Garden Plot Rental Application/Registration Process

Both new and returning gardeners are required to complete and sign a 2020 SZCG Registration Form and return it, along with the appropriate payment, to the SZCG.  The signed Registration Form and payment can be can be returned (i) by mailing them to: South Zone Community Gardens Association, Box 33122, Cathedral Post Office, Regina, Saskatchewan   S4T 7X2 or (ii) by dropping them off at the South Leisure Centre (170 Sunset Dr, Regina) on a designated registration day as designated on the SZCG web site (szcomgardens.com).  More information about the registration process is available on the web site.

Important Dates:

Existing gardeners must pay their fees before February 28, 2020 to retain their plot.

Annual garden plots must be cleaned before October 12, 2020

  • Gardeners in good standing can retain their plot from year to year if payment is received before the deadline of Feb. 28.

  • Gardeners in good standing may request a move and get relocated ahead of new gardeners if payment is received before the deadline.

  • Gardeners in good standing may designate who will take over their plot.

  • Plots of existing gardeners will not be held after the deadline. If payment is not received before the deadline, existing gardeners will be treated as a new gardener and may have a different plot assigned, based on availability.

  • Applications for plots from new gardeners will be received beginning January 1 of the year.

  • New gardeners will be allocated a plot on first-applied, first-allocated basis after existing gardeners have been allocated their plots.

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