2017 Gardens Update #3

It’s Almost Time!

Initial Plot Assignments are ready.  If you stop by the Gardens to see this years progress so far, remember we are using the east end of the gardens this year.  Find your assignment on the Latest Plot Assignments page.

The City of Cedar Falls is tilling the Gardens on Thursday and Friday, May 4th and 5th.  As soon they are done, we’ll get the plot markers out so you can find your plot.

So starting Saturday, May 6, gardeners can start finding and prepping their plots, putting up any fencing and enjoying being outside.  Please review the garden rules before you get started and ask for help in finding your plot if you are not sure.  Garden Committee members will be stopping  by occasionally over the weekend to answer questions.

For questions and concerns, email: gardener@cfcommunitygardens.org

2017 Garden Update #2

The rain is good for all our environment but it’s slowing down the preparation progress out at the garden site.  We hope the garden will be tilled in the first week of May.  As soon as it is, we’ll get the plot markers out and post the 2017 plot assignment sheet on the Latest Plot Assignment page.    We still have room for more gardeners so check out the Reserve a Plot page if interested.

For questions and concerns email: gardener@cfcommunitygardens.org

Garden Tip Page Being Added

Past gardeners are collecting Garden Tips unique to the Cedar Falls Community Gardens.  We’ll add information about some of the special challenges in the Cedar Falls garden space from weed control to bug issues to co-existing with our four legged friends.  Send us your ideas as well to gardener@cfcommunitygardens.org

2017 Gardens Update #1

We’re making progress.  The area has been cleaned up and mowed and we are just waiting for the tiller.  Looks like the May 1st start date was a little optimistic.

Plot assignments will be finalized in the next few days and posted on the website.  We’ll also notify you by email  Thanks to all of you early registrants.  We still have plots available if you have gardening friends interested..

Gardens Opening For 2017

After last year’s flood and other issues, a Garden Steering Committee formed in late March to try to bring life back to the concept of Community Gardens in Cedar Falls for 2017.  Initial members include John Smith, Deb Gallagher, Mary Jo Loveland, Christine Williams and Lytishya Borglum.  Please let us know if you would be interested in being part of the committee.

Several Committee members cleared all the garden debris and flood debris left at the end of the 2016 season and the City of Cedar Falls stepped up to help us haul it away. 

Registration Open

The Community Gardens will be tilled by the City of Cedar Falls sometime in the next week or two and plot registration is now open on this website.  We’ll notify gardeners by email when their garden plots are ready to be planted.  Our target date for opening is May 1st.

New Garden rules have been developed to help make the gardens more enjoyable for those looking to raise vegetables and flowers for their families.  Please read these carefully.  When you register and pay for your plot, you are agreeing to follow the rules.

The plot fee as been lowered this year and all gardeners are expected to follow the rules and help keep the gardens looking nice.

This year, plots will be assigned starting at the east end and moving west as registrations come in.  Unrented plots will be planted with rye grass and kept mowed.

Any questions, email us  at gardener@cfcommunitygardens.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Spring is here!!



Hello Everyone!

So to start off with some good news, the garden is currently at capacity for the 2016 growing season! I am very excited to begin planting with you all.


Tilling: due to the very wet conditions (that are to be expected in April and May) the city was unable to till the garden last week. BUT- the weather looks like it will be on our side this week, so Nate and I will keep everyone posted on that front. Once the garden is tilled it will be open to everyone.

We have received many responses to the email update we sent out, it looks like a lot of you would be interested in a garden party. That’s great! As we get into the planting season we will update you on that as well.

Just a reminder, there is a pile of good, black compost for you guys to use at your discretion once the garden is open. Get that free organic matter for your plants! Yum!

As always, please feel free to email Nate or me with questions and concerns.



The Garden site is open for registrations for the 2016 growing season!

Tell your friends, neighbors, and organizations!

Sign up now to reserve your space. If you would like a specific plot assignment, please contact Bobbi Jacobs at bnjacobs@iastate.edu

-Let’s Grow Together-

Meet The New Garden Manager!

Hello! With the growing season rounding the corner quickly, now is a good time to introduce you to the new Garden Manager for 2016. Everyone, Meet Nate!


Nate Gainer is a resident of Cedar Falls and an avid backyard gardener. He is very excited to work with all of you for a successful 2016 growing season. If you have questions, comments, or concerns Nate can be reached at gardening@cfcommunitygardens.org

Nate’s Backyard Garden: 2015

nates garden

Happy March! We will be opening the garden for sign ups soon by the end of the week!