Photo of woman pulling carrots from garden plot.

Garden Guidelines

  1. Community gardens must maintain a neat appearance throughout the year. All gardeners are expected to maintain a working garden which reflects seasonality. During the growing season show you are using your plot by:
    • Preparing the soil for planting
    • Planting and growing crops
    • Harvesting ripe produce
    • Weeding, especially weeds in flower or setting seed
  2. During the off season, continue to care for your garden plot by:
    • Removing dead and dying plants
    • Neatly storing seasonal structures like tomato cages, stakes and trellises
    • Weeding, especially weeds in flower or setting seed
  3. Gardeners are responsible for maintaining the paths that touch their plot.
    • Keep paths bordering your plot at least 3 feet wide
    • Remove weeds from the path and directly alongside the fence, if your plot touches a fence
    • Spread wood chips along paths
    • Items must be stored inside your plot
    • Keep plants within the boundaries of your plot
  4. Temporary gardening structures such as trellises are allowed, but they must meet the following criteria:
    • Do not encroach upon paths, community spaces, or neighboring plots
    • Orient structures to avoid casting shade on other plots
    • All structures must be removed when a plot is vacated
    • No large structures or trees are permitted
    • Fencing must be a neutral/natural color
  5. Crops are for personal use or donation, not for commercial purposes.
  6. Organic gardening is encouraged.
    • The use of synthetic herbicides and/or pesticides is prohibited unless they are listed on the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) product list,
    • Free natural gardening brochures and assistance are available, contact the Community Garden Program for more information, or 503-526-2665.
  7. Each gardener is responsible for the garden material generated from their plot.
    • There is no garbage service available at the gardens. Please keep trash and litter cleared from your plot, and take it home for disposal.
    • Garden debris roll-carts are available for your use from mid-spring through fall clean-up. Please use these carts only for garden debris waste - no garbage, plastic dirt, sod or rocks.
    • On-site composting is encouraged, but must be limited to compostable materials produced at the community garden.
  8. Prevent rodents and stinging insects from building homes in your garden.
    • Remove piles of debris and regularly turn compost piles
    • Remove food sources by harvesting produce when ripe
    • Dump standing water
    • Do not feed the birds or squirrels. Bird/squirrel food attracts mice and rats
  9. Watering
    • Gardeners must be in the garden while watering
    • Automatic waterers or timers are not permitted
    • Please report any leaking faucets or hoses to program staff
    • Conserve water by applying mulch and watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. whenever possible.
    • Water is turned on by April 1 and shut off by October 31
  10. Plots are not transferable.
    • There is a one plot per household limit
    • Gardeners are responsible for updating their contact information with program staff
    • If a gardener needs to relinquish their plot, they must contact the Community Garden Program, or 503-526-2665
  11. No smoking policy
    • Tobacco use is not permitted anywhere on city-owned or leased properties as well as any city-sponsored event or venues
    • To ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming environment for everyone, tobacco use is prohibited in all Beaverton Community Gardens

Gardener accountability and policy enforcement

Gardeners are responsible for following the garden guidelines. Staff and volunteer garden stewards will regularly monitor plots throughout the year. If a gardener is not following the garden guidelines, staff will send them a notice.
  • If a garden plot looks abandoned during the main garden season (April-October), garden staff will contact the plot holder. The plot holder has 2 weeks to respond and start gardening. If there is no action after 2 weeks, the plot will be reassigned.
  • Notice will include details of the problem and a required action date
  • If a gardener receives three notices and does not resolve the problem by the noted action date they will be required to vacate their plot and the registration fee is forfeited
  • Gardeners who received notices are encouraged to contact program staff to work out a garden plan to keep their plot 

*Guidelines are available in Nepali and Spanish. To request a copy or translation to another language, please contact or call 503-526-2665.