Vegetable Gardens

The Gateway Garden (1801 W. Balmoral) and Bowmanville Garden (5412 N. Bowmanville) Vegetable Plots, are available to gardeners interested in growing vegetables and edible plants.  Interested gardeners should:

Step 1: Review the Vegetable Plot Rules and Guidelines Form and the Plot Application Form

Step 2: Complete, sign, and submit both forms per the instructions on the application.

Step 3: Do not pay fees until you receive notification of a plot assignment.

Links to the application form and rules/guidelines form are below.   Forms are updated annually.

Vegetable Plot Rules Guidelines 2017

Vegetable Plot Application 2017

* When all plots are assigned, applicants are placed on a Wait List for plots that might become available during the season.  A completed application is required to get on the Wait List. *

The cost of renting a plot is $20 per season for 4′ X 6′ or 4′ X 8′ plots at the Bowmanville Garden or 5′ X 10′ plots at the Gateway Garden.   Once assigned a plot, all gardeners are required to become members of the BCO ($20) and to fulfill 12 Volunteer Hours for community garden maintenance.  At least six volunteer hours must be completed by July 1st.

Please, do not pay fees until you receive notification of a plot assignment.

BCO Online payment Page

* 2016

Gateway Garden Volunteers – July 2016

* 2015

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April 2015 – Garden Help Signs created and donated by Jill Stanchfield

* 2014

May 2014 - Veggie Beds Restored - Thank You!

May 2014 – Veggie Bed Restorations In Progress

June 2014 at Gateway Garden Pergola

June 2014 at Gateway Garden Pergola

June 2014 Gateway Garden Water Box

June 2014 Gateway Garden Water Box

* 2013

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May 2013 – Water Installation Completed

 

* 2012

May 2012 Temporary Construction Fence Surrounds Gardening Area

May 2012 Temporary Construction Fence Surrounds Gardening Area

August 2012 Gardens Grow amid Construction

August 2012 Gardens Grow amid Construction

 

December 2012 Winter Work

December 2012 Winter Work

* 2011

April 2011 - Raised beds removed for Balmoral Bridge Construction

April 2011 – Raised beds removed for Balmoral Bridge  Construction

September 2011 Greencorps and Volunteers Install Pavers beneath pergola

September 2011 Greencorps and Volunteers Install Pavers beneath pergola

October 2011 bench intallations completed.

October 2011 bench intallations completed.

* 2010

July 2010 Gateway Garden Grows

July 2010 Gateway Garden Grows

July 2010 Gateway Garden Entrance and Balmoral Parkway

July 2010 Gateway Garden Entrance and Balmoral Parkway

July 2010 Veggie Beds and Blooming Berms

July 2010 Veggie Beds and Blooming Berms

First Garden Workday on March 27, 2010

Jon Bjork shares soil amendment tips on March 27, 2010 workday

 

*January -February 2010*

Gateway Garden Vegetable Plots Available for 2010!

The Gateway Garden Vegetable Plots, at 1801 W. Balmoral, are available to gardeners interested in growing vegetables and edible plants in the 2010 growing season!  Requests will be received via gardening@bcochicago.org, beginning January 1, 2010 through February 13, 2010.   Gardeners must be members of the BCO ($12) to be eligible to receive a plot rental.  The cost of renting the plot has remained the same low price of $10!  Gardeners are also required to contribute a minimum of ten volunteer hours each season to the BCO community garden of their choice.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 1, 2010.

The raised beds are 10’ x 10’, and 8” deep.  Because gardeners were willing to share plots, the 18 available beds provided food to over 30 families and individuals

Gateway Garden Pergola Installation October 2009

Gateway Garden Pergola Installation October 2009

 *September – October 2009*

September and October are very busy with preparation for the Greencorp installation work day.  The Great Perennial Divide was on Sept 26th and the gardens received many new plants. Gardeners have been clearing the area where the new PERGOLA will be constructed on October 3rd.  Saturday October 3 will be an important day to remember.  So if you can help, please come out and join your neighbors on Oct 3rd and be a part of the transformation of the Gateway Garden.

On October 17 the Gateway Garden will be the site of the Community Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the BCO and Rogers Park Montessori School.

*July – August 2009*

The Garden Committee held a meeting at Tempel Steel’s training room on August 5th at 7:30 PM to review the continuing plans to develop the Gateway garden.  Plans for landscaping the common area and paths were discussed. Look for an update in the Fall issue of the BEE coming out in September 2009.

On July 11 the Gateway Garden hosted one of the Garden Walk Welcome table locations. Gateway garden Welcome table with Claire Shingler

The Bowmanville Garden Walk featured the Gateway Garden this year by holding a Master Gardener education program at 9:45 AM.  Bobbie shows Worm Composting

 

 

 

 

Pierre Poinsett and Bobbie Seltzer presented an education session about worm composting, soil preparation, irrigation and gardening in small spaces. They then visited with the gardeners and reviewed the 18 new vegetable plots.

*May 2009*

Gateway Garden Vegetable Plots Completed!

The 18 new community vegetable plots have all been installed and assigned to residents of the area.  Betty Redmond and the Gardening Committee have been working tirelessly to keep the project moving forward.  There were so many applicants that wanted plots that many have decided to share a plot and this has allowed 28 individuals and a group from Rogers Park Montessori school to garden this summer.

Donations for the raised bed timbers, and some of the soil were acquired from local businesses.   A garden grant was awarded through Alderman O’Connor and the Edgewater Community Council and provided the majority of the new soil needed for the plots.

Robert Swislow, Craig Hanenburg, David Johnston and Ray Wolke work on new garden plots. (Photo by Oscar Anderson) 

Garden Plots being built May 2009

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Gateway Garden Expansion Begins!

Saturday April 25, 2009

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9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join your neighbors and other Bowmanville gardeners as we begin to lay out plans for the Gateway Garden Expansion Project (Balmoral and Ravenswood). As noted in the Holiday Bee, the BCO has obtained support from the City of Chicago, Alderman Patrick O’Connor, and NeighborSpace, to expand its existing garden, to the property south along Ravenswood Avenue, in the public right-of-way. Maps and garden plans will be available for viewing on garden work days.

Our first garden work day on April 25th will also serve as a spring cleanup day. The expanded garden will include indigenous plants, and space for neighborhood gatherings. The 10’x 10’individual plots will be assigned to gardeners on a first come first serve basis. These plots can be used for vegetable and kitchen gardens. This is a perfect opportunity for apartment dwellers, and container gardeners to spread out and plant more produce, and save money on their grocery bills!

Grants have been written to obtain funding from the City Of Chicago’s, Department of Environment, Greencorp and from GreenNet programs. We expect to hear soon about what kind of funding will be available to us for 2009. Once determined, the Gateway Garden committee members will plan an installation date, and any future fund raising that may be necessary. We look forward to strong community support of this project. If you’d like to reserve an individual plot, volunteer for the community garden, or make a contribution, of plants, materials, or cash, to the Gateway Garden Expansion Project, please contact Betty Redmond and David Johnston. 

 
2007 Gateway Garden Work day

2007 Gateway Garden Work day