March 2014

2014 Spring Cleanup and Lottery

Our annual Spring Cleanup and Garden lottery will be on Saturday, April 5th.    We have moved cleanup to early in April this year to give new gardeners time to start their growing season, and to get the garden looking good as soon as the weather allows.

Spring Cleanup

Our Spring cleanup is out 'opening day' for the garden, and a way to get the garden looking good for the new year.   At the cleanup we will have a dumpster available for people to clean out larger debris from their garden.  A reminder to gardeners that this year we will continue our effort to have gardeners keep their plots free of excess materials and supplies that they do not use during the growing season.  At Spring Cleanup we clean up any winter trash that has accumulated, cleanup leaves and other winter debris, help new gardeners clean out their spots as needed, and take of any maintenance that we can while we have many hands available.  Lunchtime brings a garden pot luck and general meeting of all gardeners.  In the afternoon we finish up any garden-wide projects, and gardeners begin to lean out their own plots.


Spring Cleanup is also our day when our neighbors have the opportunity to join us in our annual Garden Lottery.   Open plots are given out in a lottery system where everyone has an equal chance of joining the garden community.  Since being a part of Berkeley means being a part of our community as well as a gardener, we ask that all applicants live in the South End/Bay Village (gardeners living farther away tend to have trouble coming to the garden regularly, and all have dropped out after their first year)

At 8:30 sign-in begins.  This allows you to read and fill in the necessary paperwork and become familiar with the garden.  At 9am the lottery drawing begins.   If you win a garden on lottery day, you will be expected to remain with the garden for the day to help cleanup and meet all of your new garden neighbors.  You must be present to enter the lottery.

We ask everyone read
How to Join the Garden for additional information on the process and becoming a member of our community.   If you have any questions on the lottery please contact

2014 Renewals on their way

Renewal Notices were US mailed out this weekend - if you know now that you are NOT going to renew your garden please let us know by sending an email to

Please read through the enclosed materials you will receive - there are some changes from last year. 

We rely on everyone to log in their own hours when working on special projects. If you have not recorded your work hours you may be charged for not participating. If you believe you have worked 12 hours please contact us - stuff happens and its possible your hours were not recorded correctly.

The last day to pay is March 15 - please contact the number on your sheet if your payment will be delayed or if your hours are not correct. All payments are due March 15 - with payment in person on the 15th @40 Berkeley Street (formerly YWCA). 

After March 15 we will assume, if we have not heard from you or received payment you are not returning. On April 5 when we have our Annual Garden Clean Up, all unclaimed gardens will be given away at Lottery.

In case you are looking locally for garden seeds our neighborhood hardware store - Warren Electric True Value on Tremont Street in Castle Square has some great spring seeds for sale - Peas go in March 14th --- they are giving away free energy efficient light bulbs with every purchase.

We all look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Berkeley Garden Leadership