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Garden Guidelines


Garden Guidelines

The annual dues of $25 is payable beginning Jan. 1. There are No Refunds on membership fees. When your payment is received you are responsible for your bed and surrounding pathways and agree to abide by the Garden Guidelines. The deadline to inform the Garden Manager if you are renewing your membership is Feb. 28. The deadline to pay your dues and have your bed cleared and weeded is May 1. 

The Penn Hills CDC must have a signed Waiver and Indemnity and Media Waiver on file for all adult household members and children. The Garden Manager approves each application before a bed is assigned. In general, first year members will receive one growing bed. Second beds may be assigned at the Garden Manager’s discretion.


The garden must be maintained year-round. Members should participate in at least one scheduled work day. Additionally, members who are physically able should cut the grass inside the perimeter fence at least once per year.

You may ask your garden neighbors to help out by weeding and watering your bed during vacations or long-term leave. If a member must abandon a bed for any reason please notify the Garden Manager. Member contact info changes should be sent to the Garden Manager.

Dead plants, weeds, and organic debris should be placed in designated composting areas. DO NOT throw materials into random overgrown areas outside the perimeter fence. This creates mounds and piles that make it difficult to mow and maintain the space. Members are welcomed and encouraged to bring kitchen scraps from home to place in our on-site compost bin, which is beneficial for the composting system.

Only organic fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and bee treatments may be used and should be applied so they will not in any way affect surrounding areas or other members’ beds. Avoid the use of plastic and any materials that are not biodegradable such as poly weed barriers and landscape fabric. Do not paint garden beds or use any materials that may contaminate soil.

Garden gates should be kept closed at all times to keep out hungry bunnies and other pests. The last member out of the Community Garden will lock the driveway gate before leaving.

There is no trash removal service at the garden so please remove any garbage you bring including seed trays, packaging materials, food containers, etc.

Members may harvest veggies and fruits from within their own beds ONLY, unless given permission by another member. DO NOT harvest anything you did not plant and care for, even if the produce appears to be rotting.

If you see someone you do not know at the garden, be friendly and introduce yourself. Look out for garden neighbors by getting to know each other. If a bed appears neglected or abandoned, find out who it belongs to and get in touch to see if the member needs help or assistance.

Pets are not permitted inside the garden fence. Dogs must be on a leash and waste must be cleaned up.

Children’s participation is encouraged and welcomed, however running through garden areas, playing with water spigots, removing other members’ fruit, or destruction of plantings is not permitted. Please mind young children at all times.

Our garden has a LOT of common space where members are welcomed and encouraged to install plantings such as grapevines, hops, potatoes in bins, container gardens, or anything that requires a large trellising system. Consult with the Garden Manager about a good location for your project.

Let the Garden Manager know when you do any work in a common area of the garden, including repairs, weeding, mulching, etc. We need to keep tabs on what is happening where in order to prevent misunderstandings, and also because we want to THANK YOU for your work. (An easy way to share information is to post to our Facebook group.)

Members may be reimbursed for purchases for the garden up to $50. This includes small tools, equipment, and repairs. This does NOT include seeds and plants, decorative items, or anything for your individual plot. If you have any questions, contact the Garden Manager before making a purchase. As a 501c3 non-profit, the PHCDC is tax exempt. A copy of the certificate is available upon request.

Email is the primary means of communicating important information about the garden. If you do not have email, you must give the name of your cell phone service provider so you can receive information by text message.

Members are encouraged to donate at least 5 lbs. of produce to a local food bank or charity for each plot that they hold.

The community garden is a volunteer effort so each and every member is equally responsible for the appearance, sense of community, and overall success of the garden. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or feedback, please contact the Garden Manager.

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