Scio

The Scio garden is located behind Scio Community Church at 1293 N Zeeb Rd. It has 18 annual plots. 
 
MAP OF GARDEN:  Scio Map
 
SITE COORDINATOR: Joe Schutte (joseph.schutte@cad-designer.net)
 
SOIL: Sandy loam.
  
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 some type of organic mulch.
 
GARDEN MAINTENANCE:  Please pile rocks in designated areas only....rocks break mower blades! Please take all non-organic materials home with you when you leave the site. Please help make the gardens beautiful this summer by maintaining your own plot and keeping the gardens free from debris, etc.
 
WATER:  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 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.
 
TOOLS:  Tools for community use will be centrally located.
 
COMMUNICATION:  Expect a few email asking you to help out with volunteer tasks. In recent years, we have also used the garden group email list to make important announcements. The Project Grow e-newsletters will also contain important information about upcoming projects and events. 
 
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 may be reassigned. Contact your site coordinator or the office if you are having problems getting started or if you have to abandon your plot.
 
FENCING: Beginning in 2021, our gardens at Food Gatherers, Hunt, Scio and Wines will charge a $15 / half plot, $30 / full plot surcharge to pay for fencing. Project Grow has historically never paid for fencing. However, increasing deer pressure at Hunt and Wines required a deer fence and permanent deer fences are expensive. 
 
Scio absolutely requires a deer fence. Site coordinator Joe Schutte and the gardeners assembled the money (and the fence!) in 2019 using gardener donations and employer matches for the initial 10 plots at the site. However, the site is expanding to 18 plots this year requiring more fencing and gates. This additional fencing will be paid for with a fencing surcharge at Scio.
 
FALL CLEAN-UP:  Your plot must be cleared no later than day's end on the third Saturday in October. Organic material may be chopped up and spread evenly across your plot to be plowed in later. Take home all non-organic material, i.e. fences, stakes, plastic, paper, etc. Failure to clean up your plot according to the guidelines set forth in the Member Handbook may result in discharge from the garden.