Charles Street Gardeners

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April 2021

To-Do List

  • Finish cutting down your cover crop, add as a green mulch layer which will help to supress weeds and retain moisture.
  • Amend and boost your soil with a layer of compost, composted manure and alfalfa pellets so it can settle in for a few weeks before planting your warm season crops.
  • Weed, weed, weed your pathways! Don’t allow any weeds or grass to go to seed.
  • 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.


Second Saturday Workdays

Our next workday will be:

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Community Garden Workday

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Email or contact your Row Leader if you have questions about garden tasks, volunteer hours, or general bed maintenance issues.

Public vounteers are very welcome [face masks must continue to be worn] please register first with the Garden Coordinators: Register Here

Second Saturday Task List

      • Weed Your Row Area All common pathways and perimeter gardens – concentrate on your row area first
      • Pergola /Gazebo weed under bench, leave poppies, yarrow, borage, etc. Ask your row leader for info.
      • Citrus Food Forest Remove grass from pathways in and around the citrus trees
      • Organise compost pile Rake up materials, separate large branches. Chipping team: try to chip every week
      • Peace Garden weed the pathway around the herb garden
      • Flip compost bins check dates, flip bins with dates more than 3 days old
      • Empty Trash Bins into the large blue skip bin in the parking lot
      • Clean CSG pergola use Sunfrog cleaner on structure, be careful of vines
      • Main Gate Fence Weed along the fence line in front of the inner succulent garden
      • Greenhouses Remove grass from pathways and around finished compost area
      • Charles Street Fence weed outside perimeter bed of grass and oxalis / Rake up leaves, add to compost

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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

Gardener Safety

  • 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
  • Always wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Guidance on Face Coverings
  • Please respect the 6 ft social distancing rule when encountering other fellow gardeners
  • Avoid loitering or gathering around our access gates so gardeners can come and go and maintain social distancing protocol.
  • Use gloves and hand sanitizer if using common tools and locks
  • 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.
  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings and continue to garden individually 

Second Saturday Workdays Schedule | 2020 - 2021


Below are the scheduled dates for each row group to lead their Second Saturday workdays. Workdays operate between 10 AM – 12 PM

SAT OCT 10 Group Garden, Orange + Plum
SAT NOV 14 Apricot + Blackberry
SAT DEC 12  Cherry, Fig + Hi-Rise
SAT JAN 09 Lemon and Mulberry
SAT FEB 13 Group Garden, Orange + Plum
SAT MAR 13 Apricot and Blackberry
SAT MAY 08 Cherry, Fig + Hi-Rise
SAT JUN 12  Lemon and Mulberry
SAT JUL 10  Group Garden, Orange + Plum
SAT AUG 14 Apricot and Blackberry
MON AUG 31 Complete service hours for 2019 / 2020



Aim to complete your hours each month.

Yearly Quarter Quarter Hrs Goal Annual Tally
SEP 1 – NOV 31 3 hr, 45 min 3 hr, 45 min
DEC 1 – FEB 31 3 hr, 45 min 7 hr, 30 min
MAR 1 – MAY 31 3 hr, 45 min 11 hr, 15 min
JUN 1 – AUG 31 3 hr, 45 min 15 hours


  • All CSG gardeners are welcome to attend on any workday ~ you can join in even if your row isn’t scheduled for that date.
  • Once you’ve attended, please be sure to fill out the LOG YOUR SERVICE HOURS online form (on this page) and log your hours in decimal format.
  • EG: if you work for 30 mins, enter it as 0.5 hrs. If you work for 1 hour and 30 mins, enter it as 1.5 hrs

There is a monthly Task List that is made available and posted, so if you’d like to contribute service hours outside of workdays, you can easily log an hour or two each month.

Happy Gardening!



Log your Volunteer Hours

View Volunteer Hours Log

Check how many hours you have logged previously. You can log new service hours on the form above.

As a registered CSG gardener, you must fulfill and log 15 x hours of service 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.

You can 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



Gardeners 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 stay in touch with your fellow gardeners and connect with your local community.

This is a private group and you should be automatically subscribed on becoming a member.

LOGIN HERE to open Google Groups Login Page

Agreements and Documents