Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to rent a bed for the season?

 

Annual dues for 2022 are ~50$ for large non-irrigated beds, 25$ for small non irrigated beds.

Irrigated beds are $80 for a large bed and $40 for a small bed

 

 

How big are the beds?

Most beds are 5 x 20 ft. That's not a typo. They are huge. The small beds (5 x 10 ft and 5 x 12 ft) are available as well.

 

 

When is the water turned on and off in the garden?

Generally, the water is turned on in March and off in November.

Who can I contact for more information or to inquire about joining the garden?

Please email us at stlbellgarden@gmail.com.  While there are members in the garden most days of the week, you are almost guaranteed to find members in the garden on Saturday mornings between 9 am and 12 pm.

 

How do you maintain the garden?

We rely on our volunteers and community garden members! When we took over the garden in 2022, we made it a requirement to take over some aspect of maintaining the garden space. Our largest expense is mowing, so we ask gardeners mow 1-2x a year, and if they cannot, then we ask the lead a volunteer group which are supplied by the SeedSTL network.

Is compost and mulch readily available? 

Yes!  The garden composts waste from the garden and members. In addition, there is a free city drop off for compost and mulch next to the garden.

Is it too late to sign up for a bed for this year?

Probably not. Frequently, there are still beds available throughout the season. If you reserve a bed now, you will have the first opportunity to move beds next season if a different bed becomes available. Email us at stlbellgarden@gmail.com for more information.

How is the garden run or supported?

Each gardener must pay an annual fee to have a space at the garden, these fees pay for a the majority of our garden. We are also looking for opportunities to partner with local organizations so that we can keep our costs low and still allow local residents to grow their own food in their neighborhood. The leadership consists of the President(s), the treasurer,  and secretary. We also have sub committees which are crucial to maintaining this large gardening/green space.

 

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