Garden Plot Rules and Guidelines

A printable version of the rules and guidelines can be accessed from the following link: Gardener Guidelines

Things to remember:

  • You must renew by April 1st to get the plot you were in the prior year.
  • In general the garden plots will not open before Memorial Day WeekendIf the gardens open earlier an email announcement will go out and we will update our Announcements section.
  • GARDENS WILL CLOSE on the third weekend of OCTOBER for all annual plots.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: gardeners have to sign and return a liability waiver in order to rent at the gardens. This will be included in Plot Rental documents.

Reporting theft, vandalism, suspicious persons and other illegal non-emergency activities.

If you are gardening and see people that you do not recognize harvesting in nearby plots please call the municipal police or county sheriff and report the problem.

To assist the police, note the vehicle make, color and the license plate number, if applicable.

At Firefly Ridge and Rawson Ave gardens, the phone # for the Milwaukee County Sheriff dispatcher is: (414) 278-4788

All other gardens call non-emergency police at:  (414) 933-4444

Oak Creek at Forest Hill is 414-766-7699 crime stoppers or 414-762-8200 dispatch

NOTE: In the case of a personal threat call 911.

 No Orange fencing is allowed. Green and black and wire fence, OK. Fencing. If you choose to use fence we recommend 12.5 gauge welded wire fencing, height of 4 feet. All fences in annual plots must be removed each year before the end of the season. Fall clean up can begin on the 3rd Sunday of October, and continues until winter weather sets in.

NO unattended sprinklers are to be allowed at hose ready sites.

Hand watering with a hose end sprayer or drip tape is recommended for larger gardens. Unattended sprinklers will be removed. The cost of water at the few hose ready sites has risen to the point of requiring that there be no use of unattended overhead sprinklers during the growing season

If there is a leaking or dripping faucet, or other water related problems, please report it quickly to the garden office so we might fix the problem in a timely manner. We have no control over low water pressure, or the county turning off the water at some point for other problems down the line.

Do not use plastic mulch or carpet for weed suppression in annual gardens. Newspaper or brown paper would be a better choice for weed suppression.  Burlap does not decompose soon enough to be left in an annual non-permanent plot. Non-decomposing materials get caught up in our equipment and requires mechanical removal and sometimes costly repairs.

Garden pathways are to be maintained by the gardening community. Paths must be kept weeded. Pathways should have no planted material growing on them. All vegetable plantings should be kept inside your fence or garden plot area. Please be sure that all paths to water and other plots are passable and not fenced off.

No Littering. We must insist that you pick up your garbage, and remove it every visit to the garden. We do not have the staff to pick up the food wrappers, plastic bags, dirty diapers, etc. Please take ownership and pride in your garden space and respect the community at large.

No Burning of anything in your garden plots. Fires are discouraged

Trees, large shrubs and tall structures that obstruct light in other garden plots including, fruit trees, are not allowed in any permanent or other plots.

Dog Owners: we prefer no dogs. If dogs must come to the gardens they must be leashed. Dogs in garden areas may create a health hazard, such as harmful bacteria on garden produce or the remote possibility of a dog bite. Garden debris, pesticides and other harmful materials may be lying in the garden areas and could be harmful to your dog. Loose dogs + community gardens are not a good mix.

Milk jugs and other water containers must be removed and taken away, at the end of the gardening season.

Parking (at FireFly Ridge, Kohl Farm, Oack Creek, and Forest Hills) on the garden road is allowed if a second vehicle can pass by. Please be courteous to your fellow gardeners.

Garden Plot Appearance. Milwaukee County has made several complaints to us regarding storage and messy garden plots. We would like to prevent problems with Milwaukee County, our landlords.  Please report garden plots, that are seemingly not maintained or those that seems abandoned, to the garden rental office. Describe the approximate plot location and we will investigate further.

A letter will be sent with a warning to clean up, a description of the problem and an expected date of compliance. If clean up is completed by garden staff gardeners will not be allowed to garden in the community plots, and a fee will be assessed.

No Gleaning of leftover crops. Gleaning is defined as gathering any usable parts of the crops that remain after the harvest. UW Extension Milwaukee County does not allow gleaning. Please observe this policy.

Garden Rental office contact       
Phone number: 414-615-0538

Mailing address: Extension Milwaukee County Garden Rentals
                          6737 W. Washington St, STE 2202
West Allis, WI 53214


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