The Rocky River Community Garden is open for the 2017 season!
It opened Saturday, April 22.
Gardeners, please come out and view your plot and start preparing it for planting.
See you in the garden!
It's that time of year! Time to sign-up for 2017 growing season.
Returning gardeners have until February 28 to send in their payment and paperwork. After that any remaining plots will next go to those on the waiting list. Waiting list applicants have until March 13 to fill out paperwork and submit their fee.
After that any remaining plots will be rented on a first come first serve basis to Rocky River residents who apply and submit payment by May 9.
You can find the updated rules, guidelines and registration forms on the Garden Rules tab.
Time to close the garden.
Here's what you need to know before you can check-out your plot.
Oct 16-21,2016, is Rocky River Community Garden Closing Week!
In order to have the area prepared for winter and then spring 2017, each gardener is responsible for clearing their plot and surrounding area.
Each garden and path must be cleared of all:
2. Man made objects: poles, cages, trellises, etc.
3. Bucket is returned to the inspector, rinsed and cleaned out.
4. Tilled Gardens: Timbers and/or pavers on both ends of your garden
5. Grasses and weeds along any surrounding pathways and within the plot.
For closing, unless advised otherwise, you are responsible for the entire path around your garden: all sides.
Work out with your neighbors who will weed or clear what, but it must all be done for your garden to pass inspection.
Cover crops and garlic only may remain. You may bury plant debris in lieu of removing it.
Bury it deeply and spread blood meal or other high nitrogen fertilizer before covering to facilitate decomposition.
Any pavers or timbers you are removing may be placed along the garage on the north side, on the plywood. Please try to keep it all neatly stacked as much as possible.
The composting bins are full and cannot take any more yard waste.
Please bring yard waste bags to dispose of your vegetation.
(Please be kind to our city workers and garden volunteers. Do not over-fill your yard waste bags.)
Please leave garden waste only on the weekends. It is taken to the street by garden volunteers on Monday night for pickup.
Please volunteer to help with closing projects. There will be a number of them.
(Empty the rainbarrels, clean tools and stakes, clean and organize the garage, move the picnic tables and sink into the garage, composting, weeding and cutting down common areas, to name a few.)
Your garden must be inspected after it is cleared. This will be done the week of October 16 thru the 21.
You do not need to be present when your garden is checked, but you must come back and address any issues the inspector brings back to you before October 21 in order to be cleared for 2017.
Each inspector is assigned a day. Contact the appropriate person for the day you want to check out.
Any plot that has not passed close-out inspection by 2p.m. October 21 WILL BE FORFEITED, and that gardener will not be permitted to garden in 2017.
Thank you all for everything you did to help us have a productive and wonderful garden in 2016.
With your continued commitment, 2017 promises to be an even better.
Teresa Kowalski, President RRCG
There have been so many wonderful improvements at the garden this summer.
When you first arrive you can't miss the newest addition.
It's a garden sign crafted by a Rocky River Eagle Scout candidate. He also built a very study bench that will soon find a place in the garden.
Another huge project has been the updating of the garden shed. it was already on the property when the garden opened in 2010 and need a bit of freshening-up.
Garden members Chris Nortz, Bob Taller and Dave Taft have been working hard prepping the shed and the painting should get underway soon.
We also installed a new garage door this year, which is much lighter and brighter than its predecessor.
Please stop by the garden to enjoy the new updates.
The Rocky River Community garden is officially open for the 2016 growing season!
Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped get the garden ready for the season.
The plots are all staked and tilled and ready for planting.
Remember, you must have something planted by May 16, otherwise your plot will be forfeited.
See you in the garden!
Interested in renting a plot in the Rocky River Community Garden in 2016?
Now's the time to register.
Returning gardeners in good standing get first dibs, then we go to the waiting list.
To register for a plot please contact RRCG president Teresa Kowalski at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sad, but true. The Rocky River Community Garden is now closed for the winter. But it will be time to sign up for next year's season soon enough. Check back here in January 2016 for sign-up info.
Please join us for the 2015 Rocky River Community Garden Harvest Celebration on Friday, October 16, from 6:30-9:30pm, at Elmwood Cabin.
Family members are welcome to this event and we do need an RSVP by email with how many are attending so we can plan properly.
If children are coming please let Teresa know so we can be ready for them!
RSVP’s should go to Teresa at email@example.com
There is an overnight event at Elmwood later in the evening, so we will have to be out by 9:30pm or so, but we will not have to take down tables and chairs!
Bring a dish that celebrates your harvest. The Garden Committee will provide the beverages, paper products, music, and hopefully, a warm fire.Row A: Please provide a dessert.
Row B: Please provide a soup, stew or chili.
Row C: Please provide a snack, side, or appetizer.
We have some prizes to raffle off: gift certificates to Blackbird Bakery, Piada Itialian Street Food and a surprise! Each attendee receives one ticket. Additional tickets available for $1 each.
The 2015 season is quickly coming to a close. And that means it is time for gardeners to clear their plots.
Below is a list of times when someone is available to inspect your plot by appointment. Please be reminded that if you do not pass an inspection for closing, you may not return next year.
Maria (firstname.lastname@example.org) available to do closing by appointment:
Sunday Oct 4 2pm to 3pm
Wed Oct 7 11am to 12 noon
Tues Oct 13 11am to 12 noon
Tues Oct 13 4pm to 5pm
Wed Oct 14 11am to 12noon
Sat Oct 17 9am to 12noon
Myron (email@example.com) available to do closing by appointment:
Thurs Oct 1 between 5pm and 6pm
Sunday Oct 4 between 2 and 3pm
Wed Oct 7 between 5pm and 6pm
Thurs Oct 8 between 5pm and 6pm
Sat Oct 17 9am to 12noon
October 15 1-4
October 16 9-12
At the time of inspection:
ALL vegetation removed except cover corps.
Turn in a bucket, rinsed and cleaned -the plot number is on the bottom. Marcs and Lowes sell replacement buckets.
End pieces of any lumber bricks etc. should be removed from the plot for spring tilling. If you leave them we will not till in spring.
All weed block, trellises, and fixtures removed.
20 inches around all four sides of the plot are clear of ALL vegetation. If you are near the fence, you must clear all the way to the fence line.
You can arrange for any of us to inspect your plot without you being present but if you are not in compliance you must fix whatever shortcomings you have found and make another appointment.
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