Once again, the City of Rosemount is offering its residents a limited number of garden plots at several locations within the City. Plots are available at Biscayne, Greystone, Jaycee, Winds, and Lions Parks and at the Flint Hills Outdoor Recreation Complex at the northeast corner of Akron Avenue and Bonaire Path.
The plots are available in two sizes: 10’ x 20’ ($30) and 20’ x 20’ ($50).
Since demand for these plots continues to exceed the number available, a lottery will be held again this year to determine who will be awarded plots.
The application must be returned to the Parks and Recreation Department by March 31. The lottery will be conducted and gardeners will be notified of their plot assignment in early April.
If you have questions about the Garden Plot Program, please contact Tom Schuster, Park Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (651) 322-6005.
Garden Plot Guidelines for 2021
Garden plots are available in both 10 feet x 20 feet and 20 feet x 20 feet sizes.
Water will be provided in a tank that will be kept full by city staff. If it becomes necessary to completely drain the tank for any reason during the growing season, you will be notified in advance via email.
Gardeners must supply their own seeds, plants, fertilizer and equipment for proper preparation, growing, cultivating, and harvesting of their crops.
Only annual plants should be planted.
Gardeners are allowed to use fencing to delineate and protect their garden and keep rabbits from damaging their plants.
Gardeners using tall supports or structures must place them so that they shade their own plot, not their neighbor's.
Gardeners may use weed barrier fabric but it is their responsibility to remove this fabric at the end of the season.
Please keep vining plants from growing into adjacent plots.
At some sites there will be paths laid out between blocks of plots. These paths are intended to give all gardeners easy access to the water tanks. If your plot is adjacent to one of these paths please keep all your plants from encroaching or growing into the path.
The yard waste carts are intended for plant materials only. Do not place rocks in the yard waste cart. Place rocks near the cart and they will be removed. Please put any garbage in the trash carts located elsewhere in the park. Putting rocks and trash in the yard waste cart really creates problems because the compost facility will likely reject the load.
Place rocks on a pile near the yard waste cart and they will be removed. Please do not line up the rocks around the outside of your plot. Doing this will probably result in the rocks just being tilled back into the soil at the end of the season.
At Jaycee Park, please note that our Public Works crew will need access to the small building just south of the garden during the business hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Gardeners are not allowed to park next to this building during these hours.
Be a good neighbor
Please get to know your neighboring gardeners. Let them know if you are temporarily unable to water, weed, or harvest your garden. If you can’t harvest when things are ripe, let a neighboring gardener, friend, or family member know and they may be able to help you by picking your produce and finding a home for it. There is no point in letting good produce go to waste.
Please be respectful of your neighboring gardeners and their crops. Never place weeds, rocks, or debris in someone else’s plot.
Gardeners planning to erect tall trellises, fences, or plant supports must consider their neighbors and place those structures so as not to shade adjacent plots.
Weeds are a fact of life. Plots must be kept free of weeds. Use cultivation or mulches to control weeds, not pesticides or weed killers.
Please place any weeds you pull from your plot and any unusable produce in the yard waste container provided and they will be removed.
If you have a hard time keeping up with weeds, please consider asking your neighbors for some help. Many gardeners will be willing to lend a hand.
If at any point during the season you decide that you no longer want to care for your plot, please let us know as soon as possible. We will offer your plot to another gardener before it becomes overrun with weeds and is too hard to get back into shape.
Plots overgrown with weeds will be mowed at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Gardeners who neglect, do not keep their plot free of weeds, or abandon their plot will not be allowed to get a plot in the future.
End of the season
All produce should be harvested and items such as fencing, plant stakes, tomato supports, or plastic mulch should be removed by October 17, 2021 or first frost, whichever is later.
Gardeners will be responsible for removing from the site and disposing of all non plant supplies such as stakes, supports, string, row markers, weed barrier fabric, etc.
Gardeners will be responsible for pulling or unearthing all plants, stems, stalks, and roots at the end of the season. We will communicate with all gardeners via email instructing them where to place the plants they pull.
Gardeners who fail to properly clean up their plot at the end of the season will not be awarded a plot in the future.
Plots will be plowed under at the end of the season.