Hunt Park

Hunt Park is located on Sunset/Daniel/Spring Streets, is all annual and has 12 plots. The Hunt Park Garden is located at the Daniel St. end of the park.  The property is loaned to Project Grow by Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. The community garden was created by a grass roots group from the local community in 2009 and is intended to give people in proximity to the park a beautiful location to garden and to offer a place for neighbors to garden together.

MAP OF GARDEN Hunt Park Map

SITE COORDINATOR:  John Lloyd  (johnjlloyd@gmail.com)

SOIL: Soil testing done in 2009 showed Hunt Park's soil to be alkaline, with a pH of 7.9. Most vegetable crops prefer neutral to slightly acidic soil. Sawdust, composted leaves, wood chips, cottonseed meal, leaf mold and especially peat moss, will lower the soil pH. 15# sulfur is the recommended application for a full plot to lower pH to about 6.5 The soil texture is clay, has average nutrient holding capacity and lacks organic matter. 2.25# nitrogen, 1# phosphorous and 2# potassium are prescribed for a full plot at the beginning of the season.

INDIVIDUAL PLOT MAINTENANCE: All gardeners are responsible for keeping weeds down in their plots and along the adjacent pathways. Various mulches may be used in a garden to inhibit weed growth, conserve water, and promote a hospitable micro-climate for plants and worms. Any non-organic mulch (black plastic, etc.) should be covered with an organic mulch.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE: Like many of the Project Grow gardens, the Hunt Park site has its own unique character. This site is located in a mowed area of the park and has a very visible location. To achieve a garden site that fits well into the existing park surroundings, efforts are to be made to achieve an aesthetically pleasing garden site. A single, uniform fencing scheme that was implemented in 2009 will promote its overall appearance.  Please help make the gardens beautiful this summer by maintaining your own plot and keeping the gardens free from debris, etc.

WATER:  Water is delivered by a water line, installed by Project Grow, from the public restrooms on Sunset to the gardens. Please try to conserve it by mulching well and watering only when necessary.

Watering of gardens is never to be unattended; hose timers are prohibited.

COMPOSTING:  Any organic waste generated during the growing season may be tilled into the soil, placed in a designated compost area on-site, or taken home for composting by the city.  However, diseased plants should always be removed from the site, to minimize the presence of pathogens in the gardens. 

Please do not create renegade compost piles anywhere outside of your garden plot and do not discard of any organic or inorganic material in the woods.

HAY, WOODCHIPS, TOPSOIL or COMPOST:  Any materials brought or delivered to the site should be spread on the garden plots within a reasonable amount of time. Marsh hay is usually available in the spring, delivered to the garden from a local grower for a reasonable fee. If interested in learning more about marsh hay deliveries or for more information about mulching, contact your site coordinator or the Project Grow office.

TOOLS:  A limited number of tools will be supplied at this site. Gardeners will want to bring their own small hand tools. Currently this site has no tool storage and could really use a tool box. If you are interested in donating or constructing one for this site, please contact the Project Grow Director.

DISPOSAL of TRASH:  Gardeners are responsible for removing trash from the site.

ROCKS: Gardeners should place rocks and other debris uncovered during gardening in a designated on-site rock pile that is not part of the mowed area. Gardeners should remove all remaining rocks at year end before plowing.

ABANDONED PLOTS:  Plots that have not been seriously worked by June 1st or are overgrown with weeds taller than 18” at any point in the season, will be considered abandoned and will be reassigned or solarized. Contact your site coordinator or the Project Grow office if you are having problems getting started or if you need to abandon your plot.

COMMUNICATION:  Watch the bulletin board on the Project Grow sign and feel free to use it to make announcements regarding garden business. Expect a few email asking you to help out with volunteer tasks. In recent years, Project Grow has also used the garden group email list to make important announcements.  If you have not already notified us of your email address, let us know right away! Finally, e-newsletters will also contain important information about upcoming projects and events.

FALL CLEAN UP:  Gardeners will clear their plots no later than day's end the third Saturday in October. Organic material may be chopped up and spread evenly across your plot, to be plowed under in the fall. Take home all non-organic material, such as fences, stakes, plastic, or paper, as well as any diseased plants.  The goal is to have a site that is clear of any evidence of gardening, except for the tilled area and Project Grow's sign.  Failure to clean up your plot according to the guidelines set forth in the Member Handbook may result in expulsion from the garden.

Gardener Comments and Suggestions

  • This year (2013) we went in as a group on a deer fence and we had virtually no animal damage of any kind in the garden. 
  • Haven't read it recently -- just a clear expectation that all gardeners help with raising and lowering (and upkeep) of the communal fence.