2021 CHRCG Roster Gardener Guidelines
*Important new guidelines*
In order to comply with DCR and government regulations during the pandemic, we have put these extra guidelines in place.
In order to keep our community safe, we are reminding all gardeners that the CDC and the city of Boston are asking everyone to wear a mask or some sort of face-covering when they are outdoors. This can include a scarf, bandana, etc. that cover your nose and mouth. Note that homemade masks should be made of intact close weave cloth and cover both mouth and nose while allowing for comfortable breathing.
In addition, we ask that you wear gardening gloves, especially when you are using shared tools.
General CHRCG guidelines
The following guidelines have been established by the members of this garden. Please read the guidelines and direct any questions or comments to members of the Advisory Committee.
1. Two garden meetings and two clean-up days are scheduled each season. When appropriate tasks exist, those who cannot attend a clean-up day will be assigned alternate work. Alternatively, a non-attending gardener may send a substitute. If neither of the above conditions is met, the gardener will be charged a $100 fine. If the fine is not paid the gardener may have their gardening membership revoked.
2. All garden plots have fences. Gardeners are responsible for maintaining the fences in good order. They are also responsible for installing a gate if there is not one already.
3. If an assigned plot has not been cleared, weeded, and planted by Memorial Day the plot will be considered abandoned and will be reassigned. Membership fees will not be refunded.
4. Be careful with water. When you leave for the day, make sure that all valves are closed and the water is turned off at the source. Do not move hoses from their designated aisles.
5. The garden community will make tools available to you. Please, put all tools back in the proper shed after use. Do not leave tools in your plot. Make sure that the shed is locked when you finish.
6. Keep your plot and its outside perimeter tended. If your plot appears neglected, it may be re-assigned. Contact the AC if you need help or if you will be gone for an extended period.
7. Put weeds and dead plants into the organic weed disposal area. Do not leave them in the pathway. Any diseased plants or seedy or invasive weeds are to be bagged and carried out to avoid contamination.
8. There is no trash receptacle on site, so take any non-organic trash with you, including flower pots, plant tags, and string. Do not put non-organic matter in the weed disposal area.
9. Help keep the entire garden attractive and healthy by weeding and watering in your assigned common area.
10. Growing marijuana is prohibited because cultivating it on public land is still illegal.
11. Because of their regionally invasive tendencies, the following plants are forbidden unless planted in containers: Hollyhock, Mallow, Lamb’s Ear, Yarrow, Beebalm, Bachelor button, Creeping bellflower, Lily-of-the-valley, Yucca, St. John’s wort, Money plant, Bugleweed Snow on the mountain, Catnip, Trumpet Vine, Bamboo, English Ivy, Kudzu (Pueraria), Japanese Stiltgrass, Purple Loosestrife, Mint (including spearmint and peppermint, mojito mint, etc.), Chinese Wisteria, Morning Glory, Queen Anne’s lace, Japanese silver grass, Common mullein, Porcelain Berry, Oriental bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle.
12. The following items are not allowed to be placed permanently in the plots: neon or very colorful zip ties, large pieces of furniture, solar-powered lanterns that stay ON at night. You can have lanterns but they need to go OFF when you leave your plot at night. You can add a new latch and paint the gate. You are also welcome to install a new gate if you’d like. Fence posts and zip ties need to be green, black or brown.
13. Please supervise children and make sure pets are leashed in the garden.
14. The CHRCG is a fully organic garden. Chemical fertilizer and pesticides are forbidden.
15. Pets: You can bring your pets to the garden but they have to be on a leash at all times and inside your plot. Pets cannot be tethered in common areas.
16. The CHRCG committee cares for your safety. In case of minor injuries, a first aid kit is available to you at the garden, inside the water box. If you need to use it, just let any member of the committee know, so we can replace the items that were used.