Mission Statement: The Elati Community Garden is an all-inclusive Denver Urban Garden (DUG), that welcomes and supports gardeners of all levels to grow in a respectful and organic environment.
1) Be Present by attending at least one workday a month, attending to your plot at least twice a week and doing something for the communal space in the garden. For example, empty the trash if you notice it is full. Gardening at Elati is more than just watering your plot.
2) Begin the season with plot maintenance by cultivating the soil and adding chemical free nutrients.
End the season by putting your plot to bed for the winter by cleaning out plants, turning soil and removing props and structures.
3) Maintain your garden by weeding, watering, harvesting foods, trimming plants and maintaining structures. A unhealthy plot negatively affects others while a healthy plot inspires and encourages the community.
4) Conserve Water by watering before 10am and after 6pm, do not water from 10am to 6pm. Water at the roots instead of spraying water from waist level or higher. Filling empty space with plants also helps to hold water in.
5) Keep the garden chemical free by committing to use chemical free pesticides and fertilizers. Animal manure, compost and coffee grinds are just some of the natural fertilizers that can be used. Natural pesticides such as a spray bottle filled 2/3 with water, 1/3 vegetable oil and Dr. Bronner’s soap and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper is only one natural pesticide recipe that will last all summer and keep hour plants bug free.
6) Keep plants within borders to encourage pedestrians to stay on the pathways and out of gardens.
7) Respect other gardens by only picking food and flowers from other gardens with permission from that gardener, staying out of gardens that are not yours and keep children on pathways.
8) Timely planting. Gardeners must cultivate soil and start planting by the end of May. Growing season starts when the water is turned on the beginning of May.