Rental Plots

Our 140 Rental Plots are each 10’ x 10’ in size, with excellent organic soil, a sunny location, a deer fence, and a convenient water supply — plus a unique opportunity to meet and learn from fellow gardeners.

Annual rental rate: 
$40 per 10’x 10′ plot for Yarmouth residents
$43 for non-residents

Register for plots:
You can sign-up in person at Yarmouth Community Services, by phone at 846-2406, or online @yarmouthcommunityservices.org

If you have any questions about rental plots,
please contact the rental plot coordinator, Denise Compton or call 846-9002

YCG 2021 RENTAL PLOT GUIDELINES

What We Supply:

  • Deer fence
  • Compost – one small red wheelbarrow load per plot
  • Watering system complete with hoses and nozzles
  • Spring tilling by request only
  • Tools and wheelbarrows for borrowing
  • Row cover (a lightweight fabric to protect specific young seedlings)
  • Beehives
  • Hay bales for mulch (for a nominal fee)
  • Lots of advice and garden wisdom
  • Garden Greetings email updates about workdays, garden pests, and other useful information

Inside the Renters’ Shed:

  • Useful items like pens, scissors, and trowels are on the inside of the shed door.
  • Seed swap – if you have extra seeds you can’t use, tuck the packet in a pocket on the inside of the door.
  • Spray bottles with bleach and water solution. Paper towels.
  • Lost and found.
  • Tools for borrowing.
  • Steering Committee contact information.
  • Clipboard where you will record volunteer hours.
  • Renters’ plot map labeled with plot number and renters’ names.
  • Bulletin board for garden information and a sign-up sheet for mowing. The bulletin board is located in the shed on the left-hand side.

Service Hours:

Each renter is expected to volunteer in the community plot or children’s garden over the course of the growing season. Required number of volunteer hours: 1 plot-6 hours; 2 plots-10 hours; 3 plots-12 hours; and 4 plots-14 hours. There are many opportunities to volunteer and jobs for every ability level. Please remember to record all your hours on sheets located in the renters’ shed, even after you have met your required number of hours. Please contact Denise Compton, Christine Slader or Mary Wickland if you have questions.

Potluck Dinners:

Our monthly potluck dinners are held in June, July and August. Specific dates will be determined later based on COVID-19 guidelines.

Harvest Dinner:

Our annual fundraiser is an October dinner at the high school which is open to Yarmouth residents, friends and the surrounding community.  We will determine whether to go forward with the dinner in 2021 as the season progresses based on up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines. Volunteer hours at the dinner cannot be used to fulfill service hour requirements, but we need lots of help to make it happen.

Please Remember:

  • Please close and latch the gate when you enter and exit the fenced garden areas.
  • Turn off the hose when you have finished watering your plot. 
  • If you see a water leak in a hose or at a spigot, please contact someone on the steering committee immediately.
  • Weeds and garden refuse go in a pile in front of the concrete barrier near the locked shed, and not in the trash barrels.  Please harvest your vegetables when they are ripe and ready.  If you are not able to do so, let a garden neighbor or steering committee member know. We will gladly harvest them and add it to the weekly community plot distribution on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. 
  • We rely heavily on email to communicate garden news.  If you are not receiving emails, please contact Denise Compton by phone at 207-846-9002.
  • Like us on Facebook and check us out on Instagram.

Getting Started:

We really try to focus on taking good care, nurturing our soil, preventing pest and disease problems, and not treating plots with synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.  We encourage you to use mulch which will benefit the soil.

Cover your cucumber and squash seedlings with row cover to help prevent squash and cucumber beetles. Please check your plants regularly for bugs and remove/squish them. Remove the row cover when the plants begin to flower.  Greens and kale can also be covered with row cover to help prevent flea beetles.

Our soil is quite sandy and can dry out quickly.  It’s important to pay attention to watering, especially when your seedlings are young.  You are welcome to test the soil in your plot, but if you add a slow release organic fertilizer and soil helpers like mulches, you should be fine.

If your plot is wet, avoid walking all over it.  Soil is supposed to be 25% air.  Walking on wet soil will compact it, making it difficult for roots to grow. Plan walkways within your plot so you can avoid stepping on planted areas.  It will also give you room to harvest and weed.  The less you disturb the soil over the planting season, the better.

Mark your plot boundaries so you don’t spill over into a neighbor’s plot, with the yellow plastic tape found in the renters’ shed.  Please do not use twine as it is too hard to see once things begin to grow and will tangle in the mower. If needed, measure your plot (it should be 10’x10′) and reclaim any lost garden area if grass has encroached into your plot.

Consider which hose you’ll use to water your plants, and if necessary, put sturdy stakes on the corners of your plot to serve as hose “guides” to protect your plants.

Buy quality seedlings. Try to avoid purchasing from big box stores. Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Fedco, and Pinetree Garden Seeds are good options for purchasing seed packets.  Estabrooks, Allen Sterling & Lothrop and Skillins Greenhouse offer good options for purchasing seed packets and seedlings. 

Think about planting lettuce seeds, other greens, radishes, and beans in two or three plantings several weeks apart.  You can also start another round of greens in late summer for harvest in early fall when temperatures begin to drop.

When you plant, add some compost and a slow-release organic fertilizer. Or you can side-dress once the plants have emerged and again later in the planting season.  Add the compost right where you are planting, not in pathways. Please do not use the compost from the transfer station. Consider mulching as it cuts down on weeds and feeds the soil. 

Spring Tilling:

Plots will be hand tilled by request only.  Please email Denise Compton if you would like your plot tilled or have questions.

Acceptable products for an organic garden:

The Yarmouth Community Garden is organic, but your plants and seeds don’t have to be. Here is a list of acceptable and unacceptable fertilizers/soil amendments, pest control products and mulches. 

Acceptable fertilizers/soil amendments:       

  • Liquid fish fertilizer such as Neptune’s Harvest  
  • Fish meal, bone meal, sulfur, wood ash
  • PRO GRO
  • Rock powder lime, rock phosphate, greensand
  • Organic Garden-tone products
Acceptable pest control products:
  • Insecticidal soap    
  • BT
  • NEEM
  • Pyrethrum
  • Garlic, Hot pepper, coffee grounds, “kitchen mixes”
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Soil inoculants (powder or liquid form found at Paris Farmers Union)

Acceptable mulches:

  • Seaweed
  • Shredded leaves
  • Salt marsh hay
  • Untreated grass clippings
  • Hay or straw
  • Newspaper or brown paper grocery bag (underneath the mulch)

Unacceptable products:

  • Miracle Gro, Miracid, Peters, etc.
  • 5-10-5, 5-10-10 and variations
  • Rotenone
  • Sevin
  • Diaxonnin
  • Malathion
  • Methoxychior
  • Commercial slug baits
  • Copper
  • Sabadilla
  • Chemical formulations

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