Sample Garden Guidelines & Gardener's Agreement
Sample Gardener's Agreement incorporating Garden
Name: (Please print):
Community Association membership number:
This is what I agree to while gardening:
Use no synthetic chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides
Use finished compost for soil enhancement instead of animal
manures because of E. Coli health risk.
No pets in the garden.
No smoking in the garden nor permit any guests visiting my plot to
Respect other gardeners.
Limit of one garden bed per gardener or garden family.
Take responsibility for any non-gardeners accompanying me to the
Ensure that children are supervised.
Keep weeds, garbage and litter out of my garden plot and the
paths around the garden.
Spend 15 minutes a week or 1 hour a month to help maintain paths
and common areas.
Have my garden bed planted by June 15 or it will be given to a
gardener on the waiting list.
Seeds, seedlings, compost, tomato cages, gardening hand tools, and
crop labels are my responsibility.
Water available in the garden may be untreated and must not be
used as drinking water.
Rain harvesting for edible crops is currently not permitted on
public land due to health and safety concerns. Rainwater
harvesting is fine for ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees.
During drought and water rationing periods, hand watering only can
Conserve water and do not use hoses that leak.
Promises & Responsibilities
Participate in spring and fall cleanups.
Grow no invasive plants species.
Follow composting and mulching guidelines as provided by the
garden committee shared in a composting learning session.
Deal with insect and weed infestations quickly and organically
to prevent spread to other plots. For garden-wide
infestations the garden team consults the City of Calgary
Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Act as Garden Angel, / Garden Hero / Heroine for one week during
the summer. During this week I check the entire garden each
Pick produce when it is ripe. Only pick produce and
flowers from my garden bed.
Clean shared garden tools and put them back into the storage shed
after using them.
Restrict crops which grow over 4 ft. in height to a maximum row
length of 4 ft. so as not to shade neighbouring beds.
Use trellises that are stable in all weather conditions and do not
shade other gardens.
Recycle materials that can be recycled.
Fun and Friendly Gardening
I'm invited to all social gardening times such as planting days,
potlucks, Weeding Wednesdays, sheet mulching parties and events in
the garden (music, art, yoga, gardening coaching sessions) .
Dates and times will be posted on the community association web
page at [ web address].
Gardeners are encouraged to attend learning opportunities hosted
by the Community Garden Resource Network of the Calgary
Horticultural Society. Event notices will be sent out by
I will ask another gardener to water and harvest ripe produce from
my garden when I am away.
I will clean out and prepare my garden plot for winter and protect
the soil from erosion by October 31.
Ripe produce from that is not harvested after reminder messages
will be harvested at the end of the garden season and donated to
organizations assisting hungry families or tilled into the ground
to enhance the soil.
If I do not carry out these steps the garden team can re-assign
the garden bed that I have abandoned to someone on the garden
Garden Bed Rental
This garden bed rental agreement is for the period between April 1
and October 31, 20_ _.
Additional people and their phone / email address participating in
this garden include:______________
Gardeners must purchase and possess a community association
membership. (Community association memberships are sold by the
Plot rental fees for gardeners of [name of community garden] are
refundable before [date] and non-refundable after that date.
By May 1, people new to the garden are assigned garden beds in
order by the date they signed up on the waiting list.
Garden Bed Rental Terms
Gardeners resident in [name of communities] have first priority
Each gardener can rent one garden bed and that bed is reserved for
If I garden one season I have the first opportunity to get the
same garden bed for the next year by registering for a plot by
I am not permitted to give my garden bed away. I understand
that the garden team coordinates the garden bed rental.
If I do not care for the garden bed (seeding, planting, weeding,
watering, harvesting), I will be notified and the garden team will
rent it to the next person on the garden waiting list.
The garden team will assume I have abandoned the garden bed if I
have not attended to it 7 days after they have made 2 attempts to
Signing this agreement absolves [community garden name] from any
liability, financial or otherwise which may result from negligence
or the inappropriate use of power and hand tools, either by myself
or by others.
As a garden member I agree to be responsible for the
completion and maintenance of this
[insert list of tasks to choose from such as
Construction & Repair Team
Garden Angel / Garden Hero Team