The Luverne Community Gardens new location is on East Dodge Street. The garden plots are situated on land provided by the City of Luverne to be used as a community garden. The plots are 10ft. by 10ft. in size. Gardening in a Community Garden is not exactly like gardening in your own backyard, because how you care for your plots impacts many neighbors. The garden is here for your enjoyment, so please be respectful of your neighbors and the resources available to you. The guidelines described below govern the garden and are enforced by the Community Garden Committee.
Plot rental fees ($15) must be paid by all gardeners. Costs included in fee are, but not limited to: water usage, tilling, fencing, hose, garden shed, tools, etc.
Plot rental fees for returning gardeners are due by January 31 st. Returning gardeners will have the right to reserve their same plot for the following year at the end of each gardening season. New gardeners plot rental fees are due by Feb 28th.
Basic gardening tools will be supplied and secured in the garden shed located near the animal impound. The shed will be secured with a combination lock. You are free to use these tools on the honor system at the community garden. Please promptly return tools to the storage area when you are through using them so that other gardeners may enjoy the convenience and benefit of these tools as well. You are free to store additional tools and supplies in the shed at your own risk.
Plots must be maintained and kept in useful condition throughout the growing season. The garden coordinator will periodically inspect the gardens and impartially decide which ones need attention. Those who neglect their garden or let it become overrun with weeds will be notified. If plot is not kept in useful condition or maintained, plot will be returned to the community garden organizers for other member’s use and the gardener will be ineligible for a plot the following year.
Walk ways and paths must be kept clear, level, and free of all obstructions. Carpet pieces are allowed on the walkways.
Non-organic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are NOT to be used within the developed community garden.
Compost soil, manure, etc. usage is permitted.
Water usage will be recorded by a water meter. Watering should be done on as “as needed” basis and only allowed during low water evaporative times (evening and morning). Water usage must be monitored – do not leave a sprinkler on. Additional water charges will be divisible by all members.
If a gardener expects an extended absence proper arrangements must be made to have plot tended to.
Parking near the animal pound is permitted.
Pets are not allowed within the fenced in area of the garden. Please comply with the city ordinance by keeping your pet on a leash and cleaning up after your animal.
Garden waste, spent crops, and any other debris is to be removed or composted at season end –end of second week in October.
Structures and supports for planting is to be removed at season end – end of second week in October.
Please make sure the water hydrant is turned OFF (not just the hose nozzle) and the tools are securely LOCKED in the shed when you leave the garden, regardless of the time of day.
If there are any questions, concerns, or problems associated with the garden, please contact: