FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a plot? Any resident of Golden may apply for a plot by filling out an application and sending it in. Plot applications are posted in mid-January under the Application tab and are due by mid-March. The garden plots fill up quickly so apply early.
Soil amendments: The garden provides soil amendments for each garden plot each year. use 3:1 topsoil/compost. too much compost will essentially burn your plants.
ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE FOOD COMPOST IS PERMITTED.
food scraps invite rodents, which invite many problems including rattlesnakes.
Common areas - pathways, etc.: Common areas are the pathways around the plots, and any area not tended as a personal plot. Here's some more information:
- Pathways are generally supposed to be 3 feet or 5 feet wide. (mulch = 3' | gravel = 5') - We ask that plots not encroach on the pathways, If a plot encroaches, a garden work crew may move the produce/flowers out of the pathway.
- Tools should not be left in your plot or garden paths. Tools are provided for gardeners, but these are not free for us. If not taken care of, we will cease to provide tools and gardeners must bring their own.
- Hoses need to be coiled after use and returned to their appropriate location. Turn off the hose. turning off the hose will not turn off your timer.
- Irrigation lines must not cross over the top of a pathway. Please bury any lines in such a way as to not cause a tripping hazard. There is landscape fabric beneath the paths, hopefully you can put the lines on top of the fabric and cover with path material.
Hours: The Golden Community Garden is run 100% by volunteers. It is also run with the intent of forming community. In order to keep the garden viable, each garden plot is expected to contribute to the overall garden effort. Currently the required contribution is 8 hours over the course of the year. If there is no contribution, gardeners will lose their right to the plot the following year.
Tools: Garden tools are a privilege of our garden and if they end up walking away from the garden we won't be able to provide tools.
Hoses: There should be one hose per water stand (wooden post). If the one near your plot does not have one, please bring one up from the shed and attach it. If you cannot find a hose, please contact us.
Irrigation: The garden requires all plots to have water-saving drip irrigation connected to automatic timers that are set to water per the Garden Watering Schedule located on the inside of shed door. Hoses can be used to keep seeds moist if necessary but please conserve water. Water is usually turned-on by May and will remain on until fall frosts arrive in late September. Note: garden water is non-potable. DO NOT DRINK.
How is information about the garden communicated?
- We send an email update to all gardeners twice a month. We also have a Facebook page and blog on this website.
- If you're not a gardener, but would like to receive garden communications, please let us know. we have an email list for non-gardeners.