Guidelines

PENDING BOARD APPROVAL NOVEMBER 2019

Purpose – to provide a fair and satisfying gardening experience for our gardeners. The gardens sit on a city park therefore, we must keep the gardens well maintained, beautiful and safe for all.     

It is your responsibility to read these guidelines before applying  for a plot.

The garden is inspected throughout the season and email notices will be sent out to gardeners if the guidelines are not being met. Failing to take action in the recommend time may result in penalties.    

  • You may be asked to take a smaller garden plot the next year
  • You may lose your garden 

Contact Grow Regina if you need explanation about a notice. If you get a final notice after a fair warning, you may be asked to leave.

Plot Allocation – click here for plot sizes and description

Grow Regina gardeners rent their gardens from May until October one year at a time. Your claim to the plot ends at the end of each growing season. 

Garden plots will be allocated as follows:

  • Returning gardeners in good standing can request the same plot or request a change. Increasing plot size or moving to another plot will depend on availability.
  • New gardeners will be offered plots of maximum size of 10 feet x 20 feet, on a first come first serve basis. New gardeners may be put on a wait list.
  • Gardens plots are not transferable and may not be sublet.
  • Each gardener must submit their own application.
  • An additional name my be added to the plot for a small fee.
  • Only approved groups will be accepted.
  • If you do not tend to your garden before June 10 we will consider it abandoned and will re-assign it.

Orchard:

If you have a tree please fill out the orchard application form yearly and submit your fee before June 30. If we have not heard from you after the deadline your tree will be considered surrendered.

If you would like to adopt or plant a tree please contact Grow Regina. Inquiries and applications will be accepted throughout the growing season.

Pathway Maintenance

Gardeners are responsible to maintain paths by removing weeds 2.5 feet or 0.762 meters past the cribbing edge of your plot or around your garden box. Pathways will need to be weeded several times a season to maintain. 

Report any cribbing damage to Grow Regina (cribbing is the wood trim around each garden plot)

Mulch

Controls weeds, maintains moisture and enriches the soil. There are several types, not all types of mulch are suited for the Grow Regina garden plots. How to use mulch in your garden

Acceptable Mulch- leaves, grass clippings, cardboard and compost

Unacceptable Mulch- straw (takes years to decompose, introduces weeds), wood chips (takes years to decompose introduces ants) Wood chips work well in orchards and pathways but is not suitable for garden plots.

Weed and Pest Control

Grow Regina is a pesticide free garden.  No insecticide or herbicide chemicals are allowed. Pesticide Free Gardening explained here.

You must control the weeds in your garden and pathway. The gardens are inspected several times during the season and you will be notified by the inspection committee if your plot needs attention. Failure to take care of your garden will result in sanctions.  We also ask that you do not pile weeds on the pathways, instead take them home to your compost or use the provided green bins.

Environmental Waste Service Green Bins

Bins for waste plant material are set out around the garden. They are emptied once a week. Green bins are for composting plant material onlyNO plastic, rocks, soil or any other garbage.

Hoses and Watering

  • Handle Grow Regina hoses carefully and coil up neatly on the hose hanger.
  • If there is a problem with a hose or a water leak, Contact Grow Regina or leave a note on the south shed.
  • Only hand held nozzles are to be used, remember to bring your own with you.
  • Do not leave water running unattended.
  • Grow Regina pays the City of Regina for water through our garden fees.

Tools – Tools and More

Tools and wheelbarrows are conveniently located outside of each shed for gardeners to use. Please return tools to either shed after each use. Report any damaged tools to Grow Regina for repair or replacement.  Tools are not to be removed from the garden site.

Planting Courtesy – Problematic Plants

Plant tall plants, such as corn and sunflowers, 6 feet away from any plot next to yours. Tall plants will shade your neighbor’s garden.

Control spreading plants, like cucumbers and squash so they do not spill onto other garden plots. Use a climbing trellis or plant away from adjacent gardens.

Prevent  dill and other aggressive self seeding plants from spreading.   

Plants that are not allowed in Grow Regina garden plots. 

  • Bushes, woody perennials  (example: roses and raspberries).
  • Shrubs and trees
  • Horseradish (because of the invasive nature of its roots)
  • Cannabis

Permanent Structures 

Gardeners rent their gardens from May until October one year at a time therefore structures such as pathways, tellies, garden boxes, compost boxes, bird houses, large rocks and so on are not allowed to be left in the garden over the winter unless this structure has been approved by the board. For permanent structure criteria and to apply for board approval click here.  

There are many structures that have been left in the garden at the end of the season that have not been approved, and authorized by the Board to remain. Everyone will have to get approval for their structures this year even if you have had this in your garden previously. 

Fall Clean Up

Thanksgiving Monday is the deadline to have your gardens cleaned. A large compost bin will be available to gardeners for plant material clean-up.

  • All plant materials, other than overwintered plants (perennials), must be removed from plot prior to the final fall inspection. Plants that are overwintered must be cut down to the soil level.
  • Fall soil amendments (example: leaves, grass clippings, compost, etc.) must be spread level over the soil or dug in. 
  • All non-plant materials must be taken home with you at the end of the growing season including, but not limited to; fencing, plastics, paving stones, loose boards, tomato cages, decorations, plant pots, string, bags, cans, chairs, benches and stakes.
  • Only Grow Regina board approved structures/materials may be left in the garden plots.

Parking

Parking space is available at the St Mark’s Church parking lot adjacent to the garden at 3510 Queen St, except for Sunday 8am – 4pm and during funerals. Please help to keep the parking lot clean by removing any debris or mud you bring into the lot.

Vehicles

Pedal bikes are welcome along the paths, but no motor vehicles in the garden area.

Pets

Gardener’s pets are not allowed in the garden area, even on a leash. As our garden site is a city park, neighbours may walk their dogs here.

Non-Commercial Use of Crops

Grow Regina members are not to sell their garden produce. If gardeners have extra produce, they are encouraged to donate to community organizations in need, for example,  Food Bank, Carmichael Outreach, Souls Harbour