North Hill Community Garden

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need to live on the North Hill to have a plot?

No, the North Hill Garden is open to all residents of Stillwater

  1. Do I need to live in Stillwater to have a plot?


  1. If I had a plot last year, am I guaranteed to get it again this year?

No.  Plots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  If you are one of the first 39 people to sign up for a plot, you will have the option to choose the plot you had last year.

  1. How do I reserve a plot?

Come to the annual sign-up night, plots will be available on a first come – first serve basis.  If there are still plots available after sign-up night, you can send an email to  Annual sign-up dates will be posted on our website:

  1. Once I reserve a plot, how long do I have it for?

You will have the plot for one season, March –October 15th

  1. Where does my plot fee go?

Your fee will go towards garden upkeep, maintenance, scholarships and supplies.  Fees also help pay for classes throughout the year.

  1. Are plots available for community groups?

Yes, community groups can reserve plots.  Contact for more details.

  1. What is a plot scholarship?

The North Hill Community Garden strives to be accessible to the entire community, regardless of ability to pay, and so scholarships are available to those in need.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship plot, please contact for more details.  Scholarships are kept confidential.

  1. What if I’m going to be travelling over the summer?

We have a great group of gardeners that help each other out.  We have “water me” and “harvest me” signs that are available to put in your garden if it needs attention while you are away.  You can also send an email to all gardeners by putting in your address line if you need other specific assistance.

  1. What are plot upkeep expectations?

Plots must be maintained.  While plots are rarely “weed free”, they should not be overgrown with weeds as the weeds can spread to neighboring plots.  Vegetables should be harvested before they rot.

  1. What happens if I can’t maintain my garden?

First and foremost, ask for help.  You can send an email to fellow gardeners at and let them know what kind of help you need.  You can also contact the Garden Leaders directly at if you have questions or need to discuss a particular situation.

If a plot appears to have been neglected for two weeks, the gardener will be notified. If two more weeks go by and the gardener has failed to attend to the plot or contact The Garden Leaders, the plot will be considered abandoned. It will be reassigned to someone on the waiting list and the gardener will not be eligible for a plot the following year.

  1. Can I bring my pet to the garden with me?

No.  The North Hill Community Garden is considered a city park, and as a result, pets are not allowed.

  1. I’ve never gardened before, is help available?

Yes!  You can send an email to fellow gardeners at  Very often there will be other people with similar questions and others with good answers.  You can also post questions on our Facebook Page. Additionally, a few classes are generally offered through the year.

  1. What do I do if I have extra veggies?

If you don’t want to pick them, you can put a “harvest me” sign at the plant(s) with too many veggies, and that will let your fellow gardeners know they may take from your plot.  These signs will be stored by the bulletin board in the garden. Alternatively, you can donate veggies to Valley Outreach.

  1. Who is in charge of keeping walkways and common areas free of weeds?

All gardeners are.  The garden organizers will organize a spring workday to spread mulch, a fall clean-up day, and other times to maintain the common areas as needed.  Gardeners are also encouraged to weed common areas on their own as needed, especially in the areas around their plots.

  1. Can I use chemical pesticides and fertilizer?

The North Hill Community Garden is a “chemical free” garden, meaning no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, plant food, etc. may be used in the garden.

  1. How can I help?

Many volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year, including organization, maintenance, care of “sharing plots”, etc .  Please contact for more information.

  1. I have a suggestion for the garden.  Or need to report a problem. – who can I tell?

Send a note to

  1. Can I reserve more than one plot?

Only if plots are still available after the Spring Meeting (AKA “spring work day”) which is typically held in late April.

  1. Why are some plots covered in black plastic?

Some people cover plots in black plastic in the spring prior to planting to keep weeds at bay and because the heat from the sun is believed to prevent tomato blight from persisting year to year.

  1. Is water available at the garden?

Yes, the city has made water available.  Hoses will be available for gardener’s use. The water is turned off for the winter in mid October and is typically turned back on in mid May.  The city turns on/off the water at all of the city parks at the same time. This garden is part of Staples Field, a city park.

  1. What are the “sharing plots”

These two plots are located on the east side of the garden.  They are planted and maintained by volunteers and anyone in the community is free to enjoy the vegetables from these plots.