Edgerton Community Garden

VIDEOS: Registered Gardeners, please watch:

New Gardener Orientation Video New Gardeners, please watch this video. We are doing the orientation virtually this year to  reduce social contact.  If you still have questions, please feel free to call or email the garden coordinator, or sign up for a time-slot to meet in person below.  

Edgerton Guidelines during COVID-19 Video  All Gardeners, please watch this video for Covid-19 Guidelines. These guidelines are listed below in writing as well.

Message to Community Gardeners during Covid-19

Stop the Spread Begins with You!

While getting outside for a touch of nature is important during the COVID-19 crisis, all social contact increases the risk of spreading the disease. The best way to reduce this risk is to stay home, especially for those at-risk individuals.

If you are registered for a Community Garden plot at Edgerton this year, let me know ASAP if you would prefer to not garden this year, and would like a refund. All gardeners will stay on the “returning gardener” list for next year. 

Garden Open House, on Friday, May 1st from 4-6pm will be changed to an individual meet-up with the Garden Coordinator to reduce contact. If you are new to the garden, and have watched the online video above but you still have questions or if you are a returning gardener and would like to speak to the garden coordinator in person, please sign up for a timeslot using the Sign-up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4AA4A728AAFF2-garden

Plot Assignments will be mailed out to registered gardeners on the week the garden opens.

Community Garden Guidelines during Covid-19

1. People who are sick need to stay home: Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in contact with someone who has, should not come to the gardens. Symptoms include a fever, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste.

2. Wash your hands well before and after visiting the garden is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others.

3. Practice Social Distancing:

  • Only 6 people in the garden at a time. (If there are more than 6 when you get there, wait in your car or come back later)
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.
  • If you have a raised bed, please wait to garden until your neighbors on either side of your bed are not in the garden.
  • Your children are welcome but keep them in your plot. They count towards the 6 in the garden at one time. (Note-the playgrounds are closed.)

4. Masks are recommended by the CDC when in public settings.

  • Put your mask on before you enter the garden. Directions for making sew and no-sew masks: a sheet, t-shirt material, or bandana can protect you.
  • Leave your mask on the entire time you are gardening and until you return to your car. Wash your mask after each time used.

5. Gloves are strongly recommended.

  • Put your gloves on before you enter the garden. Gloves may be disposable or reusable. If reusable, wash or disinfect them after each visit to the garden. Make sure disposable gloves are put inside the trash bins.
  • Always wear gloves when you are using water spigots, hoses, shared tools or surfaces.

6. Avoid Multi-touch surfaces

  • Wear gloves and/or wash/disinfect hands before and after using water spigots and hoses
  • There will be no bathroom on site. Please plan accordingly to use the bathroom at home before or after your garden visit.

7. Thoroughly wash all produce you harvest from the garden at home with water.

  • THE GOOD NEWS: COVID-19 is not a food borne illness. It is extremely unlikely that someone will catch it through eating. The routes to be concerned about include being in close proximity to many people or coming in contact with high-touch surfaces. Use only water to wash your produce as soap can cause stomach problems.

For community gardening questions, please email or call: Oakley.biesanz@maplewoodmn.gov 651-249-2173.

Edgerton Community Garden Plot Registration- 2020 Season

Grow Your Own Local Organic Food!

Registration

The community garden is currently full but you can register and choose be added to the waitlist. Registration Link

Call 651-249-2170 if you need help with online registration. 

Rent a Plot or Raised Bed Options:

  • 12-foot by 15-foot in-ground plot
  • 4-foot by 8-foot raised bed (18 inches height)
  • 3-foot by 5-foot Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible raised beds, reserved for people using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs

2020 Community Garden Info

  • The City will provide water spigots.
  • Renters agree to plant, maintain, and harvest their plots using organic (chemical-free) methods.
  • The fee is $25, plus software registration fee, per plot or raised bed for the entire 2020 garden season.
  • Garden Season is Friday May 1, 2020 through Monday, October 19, 2020
  • If you have Community Garden questions, call Coordinator, Oakley Biesanz at 651-249-2173.
  • Scholarships Available for reduced rental fee for Maplewood Residents: 

    When registering for your plot, please provide documentation showing current enrollment in Food Stamps/SNAP program, WIC, or Free & Reduced Lunch Program for a reduced rental fee of $10.00 per plot. Call 651-249-2170 

Location

The Community Garden is located in Edgerton Park near the baseball fields and the playground. The park is located near the corner of Roselawn and Edgerton in Maplewood, and just north of Edgerton Elementary School.

Gardening Tips

This handout highlights research-based gardening tips for building your soil and controlling pests and weeds organically. This handout was put together by Jeffrey Gillman, former professor at University of Minnesota in Horticultural Sciences, and his presentation for the Community Gardens of Maplewood and North St Paul. The following translations are provided by local volunteers:

Gardening Resources and Nearby Community Gardens