Welcome to Burlington's Community Gardens. It is important for the success, security, and smooth functioning of these community gardens that all gardeners and their guests read, clearly understand, and comply with the following garden regulations. Please contact the Community Garden Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-983-6527 with any questions.
- Gardeners and their guests must comply with all City of Burlington by-laws, including By-Law No. 35-1976 (being a by-law to regulate the public parks in the City of Burlington) as amended and all City of Burlington policies, including the Zero Tolerance Policy.
- Each Gardener is responsible for the proper maintenance of their Garden Plot throughout the duration of the Growing Season, including normal watering, weeding, harvesting, and general care of the Garden Plot (although Gardeners may arrange for other gardeners to water their Garden Plots). Each Gardener is responsible for providing his/her own tools and equipment unless there are any common use tools that are supplied in the garden shed.
- If a Garden Plot appears unplanted by June 30th, or messy and unattended without the Community Garden Coordinator receiving any notice from the Gardener of an acceptable reason, then the Garden Plot will be considered abandoned and it will be reassigned to the next person on the waiting list. The Gardener will have no claim for damages for such reassignment.
- Use of chemical insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers is prohibited. Only integrated pest management, companion planting, diatomaceous earth, and insecticidal soaps may be used to control pests. Only compost and composted manures may be used in soil conditioning and fertilization. Visit omafra.gov.on.ca for more information
- Trees and other woody perennial plants are not allowed in the Garden Plot. Vegetables, berries, fruits, grains, beans, herbs, and companion flowers are allowed. Garden Plots and surrounding pathways must be kept free of weeds going to seed, pests, and diseases. Tall plants and vines are only allowed in locations where they will not interfere or shade other plots.
- Planting of illegal plants and noxious weeds is prohibited. Visit omafra.gov.on.ca for more information.
- Invasive plants (e.g. mint, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.) must be contained. Plant materials that are on Ontario's Invasive Species list are prohibited. Visit powerhalton.ca for more information.
- Garden Plots cannot be expanded beyond its measurement or into paths or other plots.
- Gardeners must use the recycling and trash bins as provided in the Park or Garden Plot enclosure. If no bins are available, then each Gardener is responsible for disposing of their garbage. Gardeners must pick up litter when seen and use the recycling bins when appropriate. Any diseased plants, or seedy or invasive weeds are to be bagged and put into the trash bins to prevent contamination of compost or other plots.
- Gardeners may use the composter for all plant material that is not diseased, seedy or invasive, or bring the material home for yard waste disposal. When using the compost bins Gardeners should layer newly applied plant material (i.e. green) with active compost from below to accelerate the decomposition process.
- No pets are allowed to roam free in the Garden Plot enclosure. Any pet must be on a leash and remain beside their owner's plot.
- Children under 18 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
- Laneways and paths must be kept clear of obstacles.
- Bicycles, trailers, baby strollers and wagons may be brought inside the Garden Plot enclosure, but should not block laneways or paths.
- Each Gardener is responsible for the security and safe-keeping of his/her own tools and equipment. Gardeners may use the tool shed for storage at their own risk. Gardeners should label their property and tidy up tools prior to leaving.
- No lock combinations should be given to another person that is not a gardening partner that the Community Garden Coordinator has contact information for. Each Gardener shall close and lock the gates and tool shed each time they vacates the Garden Plot enclosure.
- Installation of any fencing, plant supports, walking boards, tarps, frost blankets or other materials in the Garden Plot must be temporary and removed at the end of the garden season, and should not block sunlight from a neighbouring plot.
- Gardeners shall be courteous to and considerate of other gardeners. Use of abusive or profane language is prohibited. Smoking, alcohol, and loud music are prohibited. Each Gardener is solely responsible for the behaviour of their guests.
- Gardeners must not apply anything to, or pick anything from, another gardener's plot without that gardener's express approval. Theft of items will result in expulsion from the Garden Plot enclosure.
- Water supply is limited so Gardeners should use water sparingly. Gardeners must ensure that the water tap is shut off and that the garden hose is neatly returned at every visit. Gardeners should use the garden hose to fill and maintain water in the nearest rain barrel and replace the screen/lid/screw top to avoid mosquites entering. Gardeners must refrain from leaving open containers that may collect stagnant water.
Francis Road Bikeway Gardeners must access the adjacent condominium for water only from the gravel pathway and only during daylight hours. Gardeners must shut off the water tap when it is not in use, wind the garden hose neatly in the hose reel, lock the faucet lockbox, and replace the key into the shed before leaving.
- Gardening activity must take place during daylight hours.
- Sale of produce from plants is prohibited. Produce must be for personal use and consumption. Donation of produce from Gardeners is voluntary.
- Gardeners must report any vandalism, damage, or needed repair of the community garden infrastructure and amenities (e.g. fencing, plot frames, compost, hose bib, water hose, hose reel, lockbox, shed, etc.) to the Community Garden Coordinator. Gardeners must immediately notify the Community Garden Coordinator by phone/text or email of any issues or unusual activities.
- Central Park Gardeners should not park in the north-east lot on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons as this lot is used by the Teen Tour Band. During these times, Gardeners must use the Central Arena parking lot which is located south of the Garden Plot enclosure.
- Francis Road Bikeway Gardeners and Amherst Park Gardeners must not park in the private parking lots adjacent (unless they are residents at those properties). Street parking is available and all Gardeners must adhere to all parking by-laws.
- Gardeners must advise the Community Garden Coordinator of any change in contact information.
- Gardeners are to check event and communication postings on the communication boards in the tool shed. Any information posted or written on the community boards must be polite and respectful, related to vacation help requests, gardening, harvesting, food preservation, produce donation, produce swapping, or recipes.
- Gardeners cannot transfer plots to other people. At the end of the Growing Season, Gardeners will be asked to confirm their interest in taking part in the garden plot lottery for the following year.
- Gardeners must provide to the Community Garden Coordinator the name(s) of any gardening partner(s) who are allowed access to the Garden Plot. If the Gardener is away for more than two weeks they must find someone to look after their Garden Plot and must inform the Community Garden Coordinator. If the Gardener plans to discontinue use of the Garden Plot, notify the Community Garden Coordinator so the plot can be reassigned.
- On or before the last day of the Growing Season, all plants, produce, and personal property of the Gardener must be removed from the Garden Plot and the Garden Plot enclosure, and the Garden Plot must be restored to a condition satisfactory to the City. If such items have not been removed after the Growing Season, then they will be deemed to have been abandoned and such items will be disposed of at the discretion of the City and there will be no liability for such disposal.
- If a Gardener feels that any of these Regulations have been violated, then he/she must provide a written complaint to the Community Garden Coordinator.
- If a Gardener violates any of these Regulations then the Gardener will be contacted by the Community Garden Coordinator and the Gardener must resolve the issue as directed. If the violation has not been remedied to the satisfaction of the Community Garden Coordinator, then their Permit may be terminated without refund.
- Any disagreements or disputes relating to these Regulations will be referred to the City and the decision of the City will be final.