We are now taking
registrations from returning gardeners for the 2015 season.
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 Community Garden Registration &
Guidelines are available below.
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 - 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 upcoming 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. The number of plots rented has
grown to around 130. You must be a Bay resident to rent a garden
The garden opens around May 1st, weather permitting, and closes down just after
Thanksgiving. To reserve your plot for the
2015 season, please download the
Registration and Waiver pdf that are at the bottom of this page.
Complete and mail the forms to Bay Village Community Garden, PO Box 40164, Bay Village, OH 44140
along with a check for $40 ($35 if you register before December 31). Checks
should be payable to the City of Bay Village, with Community Garden written in the memo line. If you
have any questions, please email bayvillagegreenteam?gmail.com.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.