About the Community Garden

Bay Village opened a Community Garden in May 2010. The garden is at the corner of Forestview & Wolf Roads, and affords residents the opportunity to learn and practice sustainable, organic gardening methods in a 4 by 8 foot garden plot highly suitable for growing local vegetables. This is a very exciting initiative that came about through a partnership with the City, the School Board, and the Bay Village Green Team. The 2013 Community Garden Registration & Guidelines are available below.

Community Garden 2013 Sign-up

Bay Residents: Make Organic Local Food Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle by Reserving a Community Garden Plot Today! 

The Bay Community Garden accepts renewal registrations, waivers & payments from the prior year through April 1, 2013 - All gardeners returning this year must register by April 1st or risk losing their plot once open registration begins - Open registration to new garden members (Bay residents) begins April 15th for the 2013 garden season. The garden plots are 4x8 feet, and are rented for $30/year. Since a technique called “Square Foot Gardening” is used, it is amazing how many vegetables and herbs can be grown on each of these plots.

The gardening is all organic. The city provides gardeners with rich humus to spread on the garden plots. The humus is leaf based compost that is the result of the leaf pickup program. In fall, the leaves are taken to the Westlake Service Center to be composted and returned as humus in spring to use in the gardening. The humus is a great soil amendment that is mixed into your garden to create a fertile planting bed. 

The garden is truly a place of beauty and tranquility. Come wander through the garden in spring, summer, or fall and see for yourself the wide variety of vegetables and herbs that are being grown. There is a sense of community—enjoy a chat with a fellow gardener. Share success stories. Harvest fresh vegetables from your garden plot for your table that evening. 

The garden is very sustainable. In addition to organic gardening methods, you are eating food that is grown locally in your very own garden plot. And, any vegetable clippings are placed in the compost bins on the corner of the garden, so that the compost can be used the following season in the garden. 

The community garden first opened in May 2010. This will be its fourth year. The number of plots rented has grown to around 130. There are a few good plots still available. You must be a Bay resident to rent a garden plot. 

The garden opens around May 1st, weather permitting, and closes down just prior to Thanksgiving. To register, download the form below and fill it out or stop down at the City Hall reception desk during business hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday. For questions, email bayvillagegreenteam@gmail.com or call
 440-835-4852.

Community Garden Members Rules

  • 2013 Gardening Guidelines All community gardeners are required to read and observe the Community Garden Guidelines document found further down this page under downloadable documents. Changes and updates have been made from the past years. All gardeners, organizations and clubs (including volunteers with the organizations and clubs working in the garden), are to observe and be familiar with the updated guideline.
  • Required Volunteering--The community garden is run by garden members and the Bay Village Green Team. This is a volunteer-based organization. Your rental in the community garden provides you with your plot, the deer fence, and water. It is your responsibility to plant and maintain your plot. The city generously assists us each year by putting up the deer fence and providing leaf humus and mulch if it is available. Everything else within the garden--such as ongoing maintenance of the grounds and the compost bins, planting and maintaining the flower gardens, and filling the water barrels is done by volunteers. For this reason, all Community Garden members are asked to volunteer a few hours each month. 
  • Trellises – must be on the NORTH side of your plot only, and must be no more than 5 feet tall and made from materials that BLEND into the surroundings. Grey metal pipe or electrical conduit with neutral tone string works well--please do NOT use materials that stand out and can be seen from a distance. 
  • Aesthetics - "If you bring it, take it home." Personal items should not be left at the garden. Do NOT leave any trash or weeds beside your plot or anywhere else in the garden. The reason for this is to keep the garden looking uncluttered and attractive.   All beautification projects must be approved prior to being initiated. 
  • Composting - There are two compost bins in the southeast corner of the garden. Brown material (such as leaves) or plant clippings may be placed in the composter.
    • No noxious weeds, please! Your weeds can be placed in a brown compostable bag or the containers marked “Yard Waste Only” located by the compost bins and will be placed curbside by garden volunteers for pickup on Tuesday -. We do not want weeds in the garden composter to reduce the chance of weeds showing up in the finished compost material.
    • No food waste or plastic or heavy soil in the compost bins or containers.
    • Please do not overfill the compost bins or compost containers—the compost bins need to be turned and the containers need to be picked up and taken to the curb.
  • Growing Guide - Please review the Community Garden Growing Guide (in attachments below) should you have any questions concerning the growing of particular vegetables or how to construct your plot (e.g. what is appropriate for a trellis).
  • A signed registration and waiver form is your signature in good faith to abide by these garden guidelines.  

If you have any suggestions or questions, please send an email to our bayvillagegreenteam@gmail.com. 


Community Garden Downloadable Documents
Note: to download the document without logging into Gmail, simply click the down-arrow to the right of the document.

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