The Monson Community Garden

original painting by Elaine Carlin

General Information

About the Monson Community Garden
Established 2011, just in time for the tornado and Snowtober. Founder, and guide through its formative years, was David Ramsey. Parking is at 33 Ely Rd, Monson MA.
News and Announcements
  • After overwintering with a healthy crop of winter rye, the garden is about ready for spring setup. We'll need to set up the tractor and its attachments, spread chicken manure and till it all under. Some time after that we'll be laying out the plots, planting posts, stretching string between the plotsand installing the irrigation system. If you're able to help, give Dave a call 413-218-6271 (preferred) or e-mail him ( to arrange times that work for all.
Application Form
Here, for reference, is the application form for the 2017 season, to be downloaded and printed, then filled out, signed and mailed with a check. Please note that the application deadline for returning gardeners was April 1. After that date garden plots were available to new applicants. As of April 18, some space is still available.
Information and General Guidelines
These are the rules you're agreeing to follow when you sign your application, revised for 2017.
Plot Assignment Map
This is the plot layout for 2017 (so far) as a hand-drawn map by Dave Ramsey. Note that North is down, so you're looking at the garden as if you were standing at the parking lot.
Upcoming events:
  • Pre-Season Meeting TBA: Every year we meet to address questions, concerns and plans for the coming season, typically in late April or early May. This will be an opportunity to meet this season's Gardeners, and there'll be plot plans printed for everyone who wants one.
  • Garden Preparation TBA: Once the soil thaws and dries, we'll be rototilling, marking borders, and laying in the irrigation system. Please help if you can.
  • Garden Opening TBA: If you're starting plants at home, you should plan for a Garden opening in mid-May, although this will depend upon the soil being dry enough to roto-till without compacting it.

Facilities and Equipment

toilet Porta-potty
We're lucky; not every community garden has this. There are, of course, alternatives once your crops are tall enough.
water Irrigation System
Again, we're lucky. For one, we have water on tap. For two, we deliver that water directly to the garden, with a faucet at the corner of every four plots.
Storage Shed
We have a lockable shed filled with gardening tools. Every gardener gets a key for the season.
A 4-cycle Mantis tiller is in the shed for everyone's use. Lessons are available from Dave or other fellow gardeners. Easy to operate and a huge help in preparing your beds as well as weeding your paths.
We now own a vintage Ingersoll tractor with attachments for mowing, cultivating, rolling and spreading. Volunteers are always welcome at the start and close of the season!


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About this website

It started with an email announcement, which mostly still applies. Comments and contributed content welcome.

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