- Plots are 9 x 18 feet.
- Registration for plots will be available to previous year's gardeners the 1st Monday in February, and will open to the general public the 1st Monday in March.
- The garden opens the 1st Saturday in March.
- We're open to the public!
- Fill out the Community Garden Registration and Hold Harmless Form
- Deliver the completed form to the Family and MWR Recreation Office (Bldg. 44401, 44th St., Room 170, Fort Gordon)
- A registration appointment to review paperwork will be required
- Plot Registration Pricing
Season Price Spring Planting Season only (1 March-30 August) $25 Fall Planting Season only (1 July-30 December) $25 Full Season $40
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Approved Organic Mulches
Wood chips, straw, leaf mold (partially decomposed form of shredded fresh leaves), grass clippings (no seed heads, no weeds), sawdust, rice hulls, pecan hulls, clean non-printed cardboard, new paper (non-colored sections) overlapped 6 inches and 3 to 6 inches thick can be used under organic mulch.
Approved Organic Pesticides and Fertilizers
Organic Herbicide Recipes: The most effective and surefire way to get rid of weeds is to pull them before the seed head develops.
- Vinegar Solutions: According to research, vinegar solutions are the best organic alternatives to herbicide treatment.
- 10% white vinegar from grain alcohol
- Put in a spray bottle with warm water and spray weeds for 2 days.
- If you have larger weeds:
- 10% vinegar
- 1 oz. orange oil
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- 1 tsp liquid dish soap
- Put all listed ingredients in a 1 gallon sprayer
- If you have larger weeds:
- Put in a spray bottle with warm water and spray weeds for 2 days.
- Lemon juice and vinegar
- 4 oz. lemon juice
- 1 qt. white vinegar
Organic Pest Control Recipes are nice to children and beneficial insects.
- Neem Spray
- ½ oz. organic high quality neem oil
- ½ tsp. liquid soap (suggested: Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap. It is organic and all natural)
- 2 qt. warm water
- Salt Spray (Spider mites)
- 2 tbsp. Himalayan salt into 1 gal. of warm water.
- Citrus Oil/Cayenne Pepper (Ants)
- 10 drops of citrus oil
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 cup of warm water
- Shake well
- Soap, Orange Oil and H2O (Ants, slugs and roaches)
- 3 tbsp. liquid Organic Castile soap
- 1 oz. orange oil
- Mix in 1 gal. water
- Eucalyptus Oil (flies, bees and wasps)
- Apply directly to area of infestation
- Onion/Garlic Spray
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 med. size onion
- Add to a qt. of water
- Wait 1hour
- Then add 1tsp. cayenne pepper and 1 tbsp. of liquid soap.
- If stored in fridge, it will keep for a week.
- Chile Pepper/Diatomaceous Earth
- Grind 2 handfuls of dry Chile’s into a fine powder
- Mix 1 cup diatomaceous Earth
- Add 2 liters of water and let it sit overnight
- Shake well before applying
- Epsom Salt (MgSO4): When lacking magnesium, MgSO4 is a great solution. Epsom salt does not go well with sage.
- Enhances fertilizers
- No build-up in soil
- In potted plants: 2 tbsp. per gal of water once a month
- In a garden: spray at initial plantings and when veggies begin to mature. If transplanting, apply 1 month after transplants
- 1 cup per 100 sq. ft. Work into soil before seeding or planting
- 1 tbsp. per 1 gal. of water
- Coffee Grounds: Rich in N, Mg, K
- Line a cookie sheet with newspaper, then spread the coffee grounds on the sheet to dry out completely
- Great for acid-loving plants like blueberries, beans, cucumbers, onions and more
- Remember not too much – too much acid can be harmful
- Egg Shells Fertilizer CaCO3 (lime):
- Best if eggshells are from boiled eggs
- Dry the eggshells and blend to a fine powder
- Shake in garden
- And of course, Compost
These rule are established for the common purpose of providing a safe and friendly place for Fort Gordon gardeners of all ages.
This is a drug, alcohol and smoking Free Area – Breath Deep- Be Healthy
The term "Gardener" or "Plot Holders" refers to the person(s) who have signed for a plot and his/hers household. All gardeners are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.
This is a "Chemical Free – Bird, Bee and Kid Friendly" Garden, a list of approved fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides organic substitutes are provided and strictly enforced. No human waste based fertilizers are allowed. If you have an organic substitute you wish to use, you must provide the formula to the Garden Coordinator for review and approval before using in FGCG.
This garden is used as a "Teaching Garden" for Fort Gordon Child & Youth Services (CYS) programs; as such, when CYS programs are present the FGCG is closed to all other gardeners to meet AR 608-10 guidelines for child abuse and prevention.
Equipment amd Property
Water spigots, hoses, and hand tools are available for use in the Fort Gordon Community Garden. These are located in the FGCG shed.
- There is a one-time fee of $40 per 9 X 18 plot with application. These fees will be used in the garden program for maintenance, to replace needed supplies and support educational programing for all of our gardeners.
- Plots will be available for early registration to previous year’s gardeners the first Monday in February and open to general public the first Monday in March. The garden will open the first Saturday in March.
- Gardeners must plant and show maintenance of their plot within 2 weeks of assignment or the plot can be declared abandoned and will be released for reassignment without reimbursement.
- Garden plots must be cleared of all extraneous items to include, but are not limited to: decorations, border fence, twine, boards, plant cages, soaker systems, weed barrier fabric, stakes, trash, etc. by the second Saturday in December. Any plot holder(s) in violation will not be allowed to be re-assigned a plot without written appeal and approval by the Garden Coordinator.
- Each gardener, their family/household is expected to respect the boundaries of their plot in all endeavors while in the garden area (This includes your music – please use headphones). Respect each plot as private property, never enter another plot without that plot holder’s consent. Your household pet is not allowed in FGCG. Please wear appropriate attire: Not too much skin exposure, vulgar or offensive images or words, and no bare feet. (See Commanders Policy on Appearance No. 16 section b. Prohibited attire).
- Children must have direct line-of-sight supervision at all times for safety. FG Policy 15 Supervision of Children is strictly enforced.
- FGCG gardeners must maintain a minimum of a 12 inches clear soil line at all times on all shared sides of garden plot. Plants and weeds must not intrude on garden neighbors or into pathways. Vertical gardening must not exceed 5 ft. and must not impede sunlight to neighboring plots. Approved mulch or other weed deterrent may be used in this area. (See Information tab on this page for approved much, pesticide and fertilizers list).
- Garden plots need to be attended at least weekly. Make arrangements with fellow gardeners to attend your plot if you will be unable to maintain it.
- Equipment Use: FGCG has hoses and hand tools available for use in the shed, these are to be shared. Equipment must be washed off before returning to shed. Use equipment only for what it was designed for. Store FGCG equipment neatly for safety and to prevent damage. Tools may not leave the garden area and will be treated as theft of Government property. Report any damaged equipment to the Garden Coordinator. To contact via email, use the "Email Us" button at the top of this page. Office number: +1 (706)791-9483, cell +1 (706)831-5919.
- Watering: Each plot is limited to using 1 watering spigot for no more than 30 minutes at a time when there is more than one gardener needing that spigot. The plot holder must be present during watering to control run-off and over-spray into neighboring plots. Sprinklers are allowed but cannot be left attached to hoses. Early morning or early evening is the best for watering. Water restrictions may be enforced as required by the installation.
- Composting: Contributing to the FGCG composting area is encouraged. Please use provided bins for green compost: fruit or vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea, garden refuse or green grass (not diseased plants or weeds). Use provided tubs for brown compost: clean paper/clean light cardboard, dried grass, fall leaves, straw, and sawdust or wood chips. Compost equipment is part of the educational program, loading a 50/50 mixture of green and brown and watering the compost will only be done by the CYS program or under the direction of the Garden Coordinator.
Visible Violation System
Throughout the gardening season, the FGCG Coordinator and assistants will be using a flag system to assist in communication of problems. Any messages either "FYI" or "FGCG Notice of Violation" will be emailed to the email address provided on your application. Copies are recorded on the communication sheet at the office or can be re-sent when requested. If you see a flag on your plot please check your email or text +1 (706)831-5919 to contact Garden Coordinator:
- No Flag – Plot is in good standing
- Yellow Flag – This flag is placed until the problem is corrected or for 7 days. This is "Caution" on a problem such as: Plots not being weeded regularly, plants going to seed, needs watering or has been over-watered, plot ripened fruit/vegetables not harvested and allowed to rot/waste, plot looks abandoned, not maintained.
- Red Flag – This is a "final notice" flag. After the yellow flag has been in place for more than 7 days a red flag will be placed for 7 days. A red flag allows your neighbors to tend your area and harvest what they want to prevent spoilage. If you want to keep your plot you must contact the FGCG Coordinator immediately.
- White Flag – This flag shows that the plot seems to have been abandoned and is now available in an "as is" condition for another gardener. Any fellow gardener can harvest, weed and maintain this plot until it has been reassigned and flag removed. Any gardener who has been White Flagged cannot be reassigned a FGCG plot. Exceptions are reviewed case-by-case by Garden Coordinator.
Research has shown that community gardens help individuals and families connect, reduce stress, increase physical activity, share quality time in the outdoors, improve nutrition, and even save up to $1000 per year on grocery expenses.
Community gardens; especially military community gardens are special. A military community garden; in addition to all the expected benefits, can provide a sense of belonging, or "roots" – despite our nomadic military lifestyle. Research shows that military gardens can create a real sense of belonging and minimize turmoil associated with deployments and other long separations (Bowen, et al. 2003). Having a dedicated place to support growth (literally and figuratively) is a benefit, especially when considering space constraints in housing, dorms, or apartments.
The Fort Gordon Community Garden is a chemical-free, bird, bee and kid friendly garden. We are a teaching garden for Fort Gordon Child & Youth Services (CYS) programs. We also have support programs for all new gardeners and are a place to share garden tips and advice for every level of gardening experience.
The Fort Gordon Garden Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Fort Gordon Woodworth Consolidated Library. The club will also meet 1 Saturday each month at the community garden for special garden topics and practical workshops.
Interested in being a Section Host? One benefit is a subsidy to your plot fee. Check out the Section Host Agreement to see if this is for you.
Purchasing a Plot