THE VEGETABLE GARDEN PLOT GUIDELINES & INFORMATION SHEETS
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Vegetable Garden Plot guidelines
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The Vegetable Garden is available for personal use by residents of this retirement village, primarily to grow vegetables or flowers. The Vegetable Garden features raised concrete garden plots, three (3) glasshouses and two (2) tool sheds. The garden is located east of Maintenance Building 2. The garden plots are the personal property of their owners. Produce from the gardens is not available to the community in general.
The Vegetable Garden is managed by the retirement village office staff, with day-to-day operational advice offered by a nominated Vegetable Garden Committee.
Vegetables plots and compost bins are allocated to residents by retirement village staff and are NOT to be decided by residents themselves.
Toilets are available for use in Maintenance Building 2 and can be accessed using an R1 key via a door on the north side only. Residents are NOT to enter the maintenance building or gain access to the toilets via the maintenance workshop.
For ongoing security, nurse call points are located in the toilets and in the gardens near the glasshouses.
These guidelines aim to ensure a fair system of plot allocation and satisfactory maintenance of the community garden, and seek to ensure an ongoing safe environment for all using the community garden.
1. Residents may have up to a maximum of three garden plots. a. Where the village has a waiting list for plots, residents with multiple plots may be required to surrender one. b. Where residents are requested to surrender a garden plot, they will be provided with six weeks’ notice.
2. Garden plots must be kept in good repair. a. Where it is deemed by the retirement village office staff that the plot has fallen into disrepair, the resident may be requested to surrender the garden plot. This includes excessive weed growth. b. If residents are intending to be away, it is requested that they arrange for someone to attend to their vegetable plot(s) in their absence. If residents are having difficulty for arranging someone to do this, they should contact a committee member.
3. Soil and mulch is to be retained within the plot. The mulched soil level in the garden plot is to be maintained below the level of the plot surround.
4. For the ongoing safety of all community garden users, residents are asked to keep pathways clear of vegetation, tools and other equipment.
5. Waste and soil is NOT to be hosed down the storm water system. Pathways should be swept clean.
6. Climbing frames should be kept below the level of the fence, be firmly secured and should not shade other plots.
7. Trees and shrubs are not permitted in the community garden plots. Only plants with a short growing cycle, such as vegetables and flowers, can be planted.
8. Equipment in the tool sheds is for general use. a. Damaged tools should be referred to a committee member for repair or removal. b. All tools should be returned clean to the sheds after use. c. Tools and wheelbarrows may be borrowed for no more than two hours by Village Glen residents. d. Unwanted seedlings and produce can be left by gardeners on benches outside the sheds. Gardeners are encouraged to procure any items from this bench for their own use.
9. Glasshouses are for use by all residents of the retirement village. a. Propagation of plants and seedlings may be carried out in these glasshouses. b. All items in glasshouses should be clearly identified. Use of villa number is recommended. c. Glasshouses should be left in a clean and tidy condition.
10. All plot holders must comply with any water restrictions in place. a. Hand watering may be done using a watering can, bucket or hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle. b. Watering or sprinkler systems should not be installed in garden plots. c. The water system in the community garden uses bore water and should be used with common sense. Water restrictions may be in force from time to time. Notification of these will be shown on glasshouses as necessary.
11. All dogs must be securely tethered, on a lead, to a person or a pole while in the vegetable garden.
The village shop will receive any excess vegetables that you may grow, to be given away for the enjoyment of others in the village. Alternatively, leave your excess produce on the tables outside the tool sheds for other gardeners.
For additional information, comments or suggestions on village Vegetable Garden, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Vegetable Garden Committee, read the notices posted in the glasshouses and sheds, visit the garden website http://www.ourveggiepatch.com/ or speak to Donna from the office.
THE COMPOST BIN GUIDELINES
1. Please weed around your bin
2. Bags of food scraps should be put straight into your compost bin, or kept at home until you can use the contents.
3. Let Reception know if you are also vacating the compost bin linked to your plot so another gardener can use it. If this is a bin you’ve paid for, the gardeners will be very grateful for your donation.
4. When you clear a plot of weeds, old crops or rhubarb leaves, put them in the green bins.
5. The compost is not for community use.
6. If you are vacating a bin, please let Reception know. If you would like to pass it on to another gardener, let Reception know. The new owner should relabel the bin as soon as possible.
The Greener Compost Bin Rule If the bin has a villa number on it, it has an owner. If you think a bin might be neglected, and you would like to use it, contact Reception who will discuss it with the owner.
The Green bins are full - what do I do?
Please DO NOT leave a wheelbarrow full of green waste near the bin or bin space.
Is it a Vegetable Garden collection day (every second Tuesday - alternated with blue recycle bin pickup from your unit) and you've got green waste ready to bin? - take your barrow out and put the rubbish in the bins that are ready for collection.
On that Tuesday, if the green bins are outside the garden and they've been emptied? BRING ONE IN and put your rubbish in it.
If the bins are full, leave your rubbish on your plot until after the bins have been emptied. Don't leave them in barrows next to the bins.
If you DO leave a barrow full of green waste next to the bins - come back at a later time/date and transfer it into the bins. It's not fair to expect someone else to do it.
Dig your green waste back into your plot.
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