Pea Patch Story
In 2006, several property owners had a vision to start a pea patch garden. They thought the horse shoe pit behind the tennis court near the clubhouse would be sunny and was partially fenced.
The horse shoe pit was relocated to the North Beach (made sense to be in a picnic area) and several property owners had pancake breakfasts to raise funds for the new fencing. About half of the funds were raised that first Spring and the remainder raised by requiring a $50 first time fee and a yearly $25 fee, to pay for the cedar plank plot borders and the soil.
The second year we spread gravel because the area was muddy in the spring and added a bulletin board for communicating. Some people leave left over seeds for others to use pinned to the board, which is a nice surprise!
The garden, which we named “Garden of Weedin", has been a joy to many of us, providing fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, birds, and butterflies! Hope you can join us, drop by and take a look around late July and August when it is in full bloom!
Getting a Plot
For the last few years, we have waived the $50 initial fee, as we have sufficient funds for any fence repairs, water, or tree trimming (for sunshine). In 2012, we went from $25 a year to $15, and will continue to monitor that amount as funds are needed.
The amount for each year will be conveyed by email in January, to the gardeners from the previous year, with a notice on the website and in the newsletter for any open plots that may be available. A waiting list will be maintained in the office.
Please email Pam, or drop a note to her with the date, your name, HP address, and contact number if you wish to be included on the waiting list.
The list is managed on a first come, first served basis. The previous year’s gardeners are given a priority in renewing the same plot. Due date for current gardeners to pay for the year is February 28th. On March 1st, names will be selected from the waiting list for open plots.
Rules for the Pea Patch Garden
Hartstene Pointe Pea Patch garden is for growing and harvesting flowers, vegetables and herbs by our property owners, and for starting erosion control plants for re-planting in the Pointe’s Common Area.
Illegal plants or noxious weeds are not permitted.
Please do not plant corn as it attracts raccoons.
Plots (4’ X 8") are rented on an annual basis. The cedar borders on the plots were milled from Hartstene Pointe trees. Soil is replaced by those using the plots, as needed.
FENCE & GATE
The garden is surrounded by a fence to deter wildlife. The gate is to be closed while in the garden, and locked after exiting.
Water is available from 4 spigots, centrally located down the center aisle, with hoses for common use. Please turn off the water before you leave. There is no charge at this time for water use (property owner rental fees are in an HPMA account for future garden expenses).
Gardeners have contributed wheelbarrows and a storage bin. The bin is for small garden tools and fertilizers. If you do not wish to share, please put your name on your items. We have provided a shovel and rake.
CONDUCT IN THE GARDEN
1. Please respect the rights of the other garden plots and help prevent damage to their plants.
2. Plants should not exceed 6 feet to avoid shading the nearest plots. Planting on an angle may help.
3. Organic gardening is encouraged, however slug bait may be used. Diatomaceous earth aids in pest control.
4. Children under 12 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
5. Dogs and other pets are not allowed inside the garden.
6. Smoking and loud music is prohibited.
7. The garden will be kept free of litter and garden debris. At the end of a growth cycle, gardeners are required to remove unused tomato wire cages, stakes, etc. A trash can is provided but not regularly emptied. Whenever possible take your debris directly to the dumpster.
8. Gardeners with unattended plots (heavy weeds or rotting plants) will be notified in writing to correct the problem.
As HPMA is not responsible for upkeep of the garden area, gardeners are asked to keep the aisles around their plots free of weeds and grass.
Those who fail to follow any of the aforementioned rules will be sent a written warning and given 2 weeks to correct the problem. If it is not corrected within the stated time period, the plot will be made available for reassignment and the annual fee forfeited.