Charles Street Gardeners

Everything you need as a CSG Garden Member

APRIL 2022

Service Hours Goal: 10 hours | Spring All Hands

To-Do List

  • Preparing soil for the Warm Season Crops begin cutting down your cover crops and leave as green mulch, harvest the last of your winter crops and remove and add to the community composting pile, add a couple of inches of compost to your topsoil and gently rake in.
  • We are an Organic Community Garden! Non-organic pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or chemically treated wood products are not to be used in any part of the garden.
  • Service Hours Please check your current Service Hours on the online log and update any hours that are outstanding. There is a Service Hour goal each month, please try and log your service regularly
  • Consider signing up here to JOIN A GARDEN TEAM – we need your skills to build a better garden community, it’s a great way to get inspired to do your service hours.
  • Last Thursdays will begin in May!  Our additional Summer Evening Workdays operate during the warm season months from May through to September. See the annual workdays schedule below
  • Become an Open Garden Docent Our garden is now open to the public on 1st, 2nd + 3rd Fridays from 11 am – 1 pm, see the HOME page for upcoming dates. Contact Margherita or Fiona if you’d like to volunteer for this Garden Team role.



Second Saturdays

Our next volunteer workday will be:

Saturday, May 14th

Community Garden Workday

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Group Garden, Orange + Plum

Your family and friends are very welcome to join and participate.

Email to contact your Row Leader if you have questions about garden tasks, service hours fulfillment, or general maintenance issues due to illness or absence.


Public volunteers can Sign up here on Facebook

Groups of 10+ please register first with the Garden Coordinators: Register Here

What should I grow right now?

  • In Santa Clara County, many of the cool-season crops that are planted in September or October can be planted again in February and March. You can get in another crop before it’s time to put summer vegetables in the ground. Heres a great list for February

Service Hours Task List

Organize compost area Rake up materials, organize in piles of like-materials, cut small branches off large branches, weed the surrounding area and behind bins, coil hoses neatly

Rake leaves from pathways and move to the compost area. Pile neatly.

Weeding Greenhouse area: Remove any grass + weeds going to seed. Shake off soil and gravel first. Do not add weeds or grass to our compost pile.

Peace Garden weed brick pathways and wood chip perimeter / pathways around the herb garden. 

Flip compost bins check dates, flip bins with dates more than 3 days old

Welcome Garden weed along the front gate fence line, entry pathways and in the succulent garden

Weeding Remove grass + weeds in ANY community bed or area. Refer to our website weed ID list if you are unsure.

Empty Trash Bins into the blue skip bin in the parking lot. 

Pick up any trash do a sweep of the garden and pick up any trash and place in our bins

Garden Google Group

All Gardeners are required to be subscribed to the CSG Google Group. This is our primary way to send out regular updates with essential garden information, including hints + tips, event announcements, and day-to-day changes or notifications. It’s also a great way to share tips with your fellow gardeners and connect with our garden community.

This is a private group and you will be automatically subscribed on becoming a member. You do not need to have a Google Account or Gmail address to be subscribed, receive or send emails via this group.

Covid-19 Safety Information

For current updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and community-mandated orders please visit the Santa Clara Public Health website. Here is the link to their website:

County of Santa Clara Public Health Website

General Safety Guidelines

  • DO NOT visit the garden if you are experiencing any symptoms or if you are ill and always check each week and adhere to any changes to the public mandates
  • Dispose of PPE [gloves and masks] thoughtfully. Bring a small trash bag with you if you think you will discard these on exiting the garden, and take them out with you.

Like or Follow Us 

Log your Service Hours

Service Hours Log


    • Log service hours after completing a Community Garden Task
    • Check how many hours you have logged so far

    As a CSG Bed Owner you must fullfil and Log 15 x service hours by August 31st each year, per your Gardener’s Agreement. It’s very easy to achieve and helps keep our lovely community garden maintained and looking good.

    Attend our Second Saturday or Last Thursday workdays where there are plenty of community jobs allocated on those days.

    Check with your Row Leader what needs doing near your Row OR there is a monthly Task List posted here and on the garden kiosk noticeboard near the main gate. So if you need to contribute service hours outside of workdays, you can easily log an hour or two each month.

    Happy gardening!

    Join a Garden Team


    CSG Garden Teams – 2021
    Garden Team Team Name Status Project Overview
    Childrens Garden Kids Gang JOIN TEAM Fix signs, build new tipi, repair dig zone, build bed covers, add lemon tree
    Vermicomposting Worm Wranglers TEAM FULL Harvest castings in April, build new stand/structure, new signage
    Plant Sales + Greenhouses JOIN TEAM Plant Sale: seeding, watering, up-potting
    Chicken Coop Chicken Tenders TEAM FULL New hen photos, update front signs, prepare summer budget
    Garden Maintenance
    Raised Bed Repairs JOIN TEAM Repair current damaged beds
    Irrigation JOIN TEAM ID all local main shut-offs, upgrade perimeter drip lines, repair water tanks
    Pest Management Critter Crew JOIN TEAM Continuing from Winter schedule ….
    Community Composting Compost Crew JOIN TEAM Flip/wet bins weekly, run chipper weekly, manage pile, build wire corals
    Garden Kiosk / Noticeboard JOIN TEAM Team to help update each month, clean cobwebs, replace fabric.
    Online / Social Media JOIN TEAM Recruit content crew, make google photos shared folder,
    Garden Signage + Safety JOIN TEAM New signs: GG, Gate, Compost, plant sale poster, shed murals
    Education + Training JOIN TEAM CSG Youtube
    Community Food Gardens
    Fruit Trees, Berries + Vines The Pruners TEAM FULL compost trees + vines, design summer irrigation + harvest schedule
    Food Forest Donation Drive TEAM FULL Prepping for Spring / Summer crops soon
    Citrus Grove JOIN TEAM Prune early spring, compost all citrus
    Seed Garden Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Prep left side for tomatoes, add compost, asses border/fence
    Plum 3 Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Rebuild bed, weed
    Plum 9 Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Weed bed and pathways, harvest for March
    Apricot 2 Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Weed bed and pathways, harvest for March
    Community Ornamental Gardens
    Rose Garden The Rosies TEAM FULL Plant new memorial rose, fertilize, check soaker hose
    South Perimeter Garden The Bloomers JOIN TEAM Detail weed, recruit team members, prune back for Spring
    Peace Herb Garden JOIN TEAM Weed border/paths, add compost/manure, repair drip irg. prune dead plants
    Patio Container Garden TEAM FULL Plant Gaura in large blue pot,
    Welcome Gardens JOIN TEAM Refresh all pots, add flowers, new welcome sign,
    Pollinator Patch JOIN TEAM Weed, add compost + mature leaf mulch, prep new seedlings, add plant ID
    Honour Garden COMING SOON Add rock borders, add mulch, woodchip pathways, ID all memorials
    The Pergola JOIN TEAM Add vine to MG Corner, weed beds, clean + oil structure, add flower seeds



    Workdays + Meeting Schedule


    SEP 09 10am – 12pm Second Saturday FALL ALL HANDS WORKDAY
    2pm – 3pm Online Meeting Annual Garden Meeting 2021-2022
    OCT 09 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Cherry, Fig, Hi-Rise
    NOV 13 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Lemon, Mulberry 
    DEC 11 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Group Garden, Orange, Plum 
    JAN 08 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Apricot, Blackberry 
    FEB 12 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Cherry, Fig, Hi-Rise 
    MAR 12 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Lemon and Mulberry 
    APR 09 10am – 12pm Second Saturday SPRING ALL HANDS WORKDAY + MEETING 
    MAY 14 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Group Garden, Orange, Plum
    MAY 26 5pm – 7pm Last Thursday
    JUN 11 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Apricot, Blackberry 
    JUN 30 5pm – 7pm Last Thursday
    JUL 16 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Cherry, Fig, Hi-Rise
    JUL 28 5pm – 7pm Last Thursday
    AUG 13 10am – 12pm Second Saturday Lemon, Mulberry
    AUG 26 5pm – 7pm Last Thursday
    SEP 10 10am – 12pm Second Saturday FALL ALL HANDS WORKDAY
    2pm – 3pm Online Meeting Annual Garden Meeting 2022-2023


    Agreements and Documents