Community Garden

We are now taking registrations from returning gardeners for the 2020 season.

The community garden opened May 1 for the 2020 season. The Governor’s/Ohio Department of Health’s recommendations concerning the lifting of shelter-in-place Order does not guarantee that the Coronavirus is gone. This 2020 year safety rules & guidelines have been put into place to address the continuing Coronavirus threat so to provide a safe and healthy experience for all gardeners during this unusual time.

The following rules have been put into place at the community garden this season:

  • Safe / social distancing at all times - continue to maintain a 6’ distance between you and other gardeners.
  • Wear gloves before entering and at all times while in the garden and consider wearing a face mask for your protection and others.
  • For additional information see the Community Garden 2020 Rules and Guidelines below


About the Community Garden

Bay Village opened a community garden in May of 2010 and the number of plots quickly grew to 130. The garden is at the corner of Forestview & Wolf Roads, and affords residents the opportunity to learn and practice sustainable, organic gardening methods in a 4 by 8 foot garden plot highly suitable for growing local vegetables. This is a very exciting initiative that came about through a partnership with the City, the School Board, and the Bay Village Green Team. The Community Garden Guidelines, Registration, & Waiver are available as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat file at the bottom of this page.

Community Garden Sign-up

Bay Residents: Make Organic Local Food Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle by Reserving a Community Garden Plot Today!

The Bay Community Garden accepts renewal registrations, waivers & payments from the prior year through March 20 - All gardeners returning this year must register by March 20th or risk losing their plot once open registration begins - Open registration to new garden members (Bay residents only) begins immediately after April 1st for the upcoming garden season. Since a technique called “Square Foot Gardening” is used, it is amazing how many vegetables, herbs and flowers can be grown in each of these square foot sections.

The gardening is all organic. The city provides gardeners with rich humus to spread on the garden plots. The humus is leaf based compost that is the result of the leaf pickup program. In fall, the leaves are taken to the Westlake Service Center to be composted and returned as humus in spring to use in the gardening. The humus is a great soil amendment that is mixed into your garden to create a fertile planting bed. The garden is truly a place of beauty and tranquility. Come wander through the garden in spring, summer, or fall and see for yourself the wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers that are being grown. There is a sense of community—enjoy a chat with a fellow gardener. Share success stories. Harvest fresh vegetables from your garden plot for your table that evening.

The garden opens around May 1st, weather permitting, and closes November 30. Gardeners are responsible for cleaning, planting, weeding and maintaining their plot(s) throughout the growing season and to properly close it down at the end. To reserve your plot for the 2020 season, please download the 2020 BVCG guidelines registration waiver PDF at the bottom of this page. Complete and mail the form to Bay Village Community Garden, PO Box 40164, Bay Village, OH 44140 along with your payment. Checks should be payable to the The Bay Village Green Team with Community Garden written in the memo line. If you have any questions, please email garden@bayvillagegreenteam.org

Community Garden Members Rules

  • Gardening Guidelines - All community gardeners are required to read and observe the 2020 Community Garden Rules & Guidelines provided in the registration form below. Changes and updates have been made from the past years. All gardeners, organizations and clubs (including volunteers with the organizations and clubs working in the garden), are to observe and be familiar with the updated rules & guideline.

Required Volunteering--The community garden is run by garden members and the Bay Village Green Team. This is a volunteer-based organization. Your fee for the community garden covers your plot, the deer fence, yard waste bags, wheel barrel, water wagons, lawn mowing service, and water. No garden tools will be available this year so to reduce any possible transmission of the Coronavirus. The city generously assists us each year by providing leaf humus and mulch if it is available. Everything else within the garden - such as ongoing maintenance of the grounds, planting and maintaining the flower gardens, are done by volunteers. For this reason, all Community Garden members are asked to volunteer a few hours each season. Volunteer workdays this season may not be an option – for now, a list of chores will be posted on the garden bulletin board. We rely on workdays to keep the community gardens and front signage weeded and watered throughout the season; as well as a spring clean-up of the garden perimeter of leaves. If you are able to volunteer some time, check the board for a list of garden workday tasks and afterwards please send an email to garden@bayvillagegreenteam.org or let Jan Maziasz know in order to receive credit for volunteering .

  • Trellises – must be on the NORTH side of your plot only, and must be no more than 5 feet tall and made from materials that BLEND into the surroundings. Grey metal pipe or electrical conduit with neutral tone string works well--please do NOT use materials that stand out and can be seen from a distance.
  • Aesthetics - "If you bring it, take it home." Personal items should not be left at the garden. Do NOT leave any trash or weeds beside your plot or anywhere else in the garden. The reason for this is to keep the garden looking uncluttered and attractive for garden members, visitors and our surrounding neighbors. All beautification projects must be approved prior to being initiated.
  • Growing Guide - Please review the Community Garden Growing Guide (in attachments below) should you have any questions concerning the growing of particular vegetables or how to construct your plot (e.g. what is appropriate for a trellis).
  • A signed BVCG guidelines registration waiver form is your signature in good faith to abide by these garden guidelines.
  • If you have any problems, questions or suggestions, please send an email to garden@bayvillagegreenteam.org

Community Garden Downloadable Documents

Note: to download the document without logging into Gmail, simply click the down-arrow to the right of the document. You must have an Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view and print these files. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/