Kent Community Garden

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close-up corn field tops
close-up red and yellow peppers
close-up piled pumpkins

Welcome to the Kent Community Garden! For over 20 years our seasonal organic garden has yielded healthy fresh produce and crops, and provided a sense of community and the benefits of physical activity to over a thousand gardeners. Get growing!

WELCOME TO 2019! Please review the calendar schedule below of important dates for this year's season.

Familiarize yourself with the program rules for Safety, Participation, Conservation and Conduct below, and note where parking is available.

En Espanol

4/5/2019, PLEASE NOTE:  Our garden is currently full, with no plots available. Sometimes plots open up after the season starts. You may add yourself to our waitlist by calling 253-856-5000. If plots become available they will be offered to waitlisters in the order in which they signed up. Thank you.

COMPLETE and PRINT A REGISTRATION FORM

  • All Registrations taken at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. North, Kent, WA  98032 (open Monday through Saturday) or by phone at 253-856-5000.

Button to update contact info, request wood chips, report broken tools

THE BASICS   (EN ESPANOL)

  1. ORGANIC GARDENING ONLY. Check your gardening products at OMRI.org.
  2. WHEN:  April 1 through last Sunday in October
  3. WHERE:  Corner of 64th Avenue South and James Street in the Kent Valley
  4. PLOT SIZE:  approximately 20' x 20' (400 sq. ft. ) VIEW LAYOUT MAP
  5. COST:  $45 rental/water fee; subject to change without notice
  6. REGISTER IN PERSON at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. North in downtown Kent
  7. REGISTER BY PHONE at 253-856-5000   
  8. MID-SEASON DISCOUNT:  $5.00 off new registrations from July 1 through August 15.
  9. Registration ends August 15.
  10. Previous year's gardeners in good standing can register early for the same plot.
  11. No garbage service. Pack out all trash.
Safety

SAFETYLifebuoy Ring

  • Always lock the street corner gate behind you when entering or leaving the garden, no matter how quick your trip is.
  • Report an inoperative lock immediately to Kent Commons at 253-856-5000.
  • Never unlock the gate for, or give the lock combination to, someone you don’t know.
  • Daily hours are dawn to dusk. No night gardening.
  • Always use tools properly and for their intended purpose.
  • Report broken tools at KentWA.gov/Garden.
  • Power tools are prohibited. No exceptions.
  • Supervise children closely. Do not allow them to run, climb or throw anything.
  • All pets are prohibited. Do not bring any animals into the garden.
  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle while gardening.
  • Keep the paths and common areas clear of weeds, trash, tools, and debris.
  • Immediately report theft, vandalism or trespassing to Kent Commons at 253-856-5000.

Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

 

Participation

PARTICIPATIONGroup Barn Building

  • Keep your contact information up to date. To update, call 253-856-5000 or visit KentWA.gov/Garden.
  • Attend the Community Garden Orientation.
  • Cooperate with the Community Garden Leadership Group. Details at Orientation.
  • Create paths with city’s wood chips. All gardeners should assist. All plots must be accessible by path on all sides.
  • Prepare and begin working your plot(s) no later than May 15.
  • Beginning May 23 and throughout the season, unworked plots will be considered abandoned and advertised as available.
  • No refunds issued for abandoned plots.
  • Sprinklers and soaker hoses are not allowed. Use hose nozzles and watering cans to conserve water.
  • WEED OR COVER YOUR ENTIRE PLOT(S). Do not let your plot(s) get overgrown.
  • Do not toss plants and weeds into other plots or out into the grass. Put them in the yard waste structure.
  • Keep all plots separated by paths. Do not adjoin plots or remove any paths.
  • Replenish & maintain the paths with city’s wood chips. Request more chips at KentWA.gov/Garden.
  • Clean the shared tools after use and always return them to the shed.
  • Keep the tool shed tidy.
  • Water or wet ONLY your own plot(s).
  • Pick or harvest ONLY your own plot(s).
  • Do not create shade on other plots.
  • Prevent spreading plants from invading other plots.
  • Clear everything from your plot(s) no later than 2:00 p.m. on the last Sunday in October.
  • Leaving your plot(s) uncleared will result in loss of pre-registration privileges.
Conservation

CONSERVATIONRow of Watering Cans

  • Use only organic gardening products. Never use synthetic chemical herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or soil amendments.
  • Check your product at OMRI.org before using it if unsure.
  • Sprinklers and soaker hoses are not allowed. Use hose nozzles and watering cans to conserve water.
  • Do not plant invasive or noxious plants of any kind.
  • Never use tires or treated wood.
  • Pack out all trash. Never use the Bishop’s Storehouse dumpsters.
  • Place ONLY garden vegetation in the yard waste structure. Pack out all processed food and trash.
  • Never harm or trap rabbits, birds, or any other wildlife in the garden. Use fencing, pinwheels, decoys, etc. to deter them.
Conduct

CONDUCTFriendly Handshake

  • Be considerate and courteous to everyone, always.
  • Use caution and practice safety in the garden.
  • Do not use crude, vulgar, or offensive language.
  • Tobacco in all forms is prohibited at all times.
  • Alcohol and other intoxicants, including cannabis, are prohibited at all times.
  • Cannabis cultivation is prohibited. No exceptions.
  • Use earphones, not speakers.
  • Do not sell anything grown in the garden.
  • Do share your extra bounty freely with family, friends and neighbors!
Parking

PARKING

  1. Bishop's Storehouse lot at 1412 West Morton Street during posted business hours
  2. Along West Morton Street
  3. Kent Valley Ice Centre at 6015 South 240th Street (one block west on James/South 240th)
  4. Curb strip on James St. near garden entry gate (At Your Own Risk)
  5. Any PUBLIC and LEGAL parking space
  6. BUS TRANSIT - King County Metro routes 158, 166 and 180
The City's Role

THE CITY'S ROLE

  1. Prepare the ground by rototilling the entire garden before opening day.
  2. Measure plots and stake boundaries before opening day, and post name signs at plots.
  3. Provide access to water, hoses, wood chips for paths, and a portable restroom.
  4. Replenish the supply of wood chips for paths upon request.
  5. Empty the rock bins or yard waste structure upon request.

Direct Contact:  Call 253-856-5111 or email the Community Garden Coordinator.

The Kent Community Garden is a collaborative effort between the city and the LDS Bishop’s Storehouse and Cannery, which owns the property. We recognize and appreciate the Church of LDS for their commitment to this program – Thank you!

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