FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Please contact a garden committee member to answer questions not found on this page!




  • How Can I Get Involved?

    Come visit us at the garden, tell and bring your family and friends!

    Open Garden Times

    Sundays and Tuesdays 9:00 am to Noon,

    during special events or by arrangement with a committee member or plot user.

    Volunteers are always welcome to help harvest for local charities, and assist with the day to day organic gardening activities!

    To find out more information about our events or to schedule a time to visit, use mail in flap, contact a committee member and sign up for our ENewsletter.

  • What is the difference between the community garden plots and the communal garden area?

    The community garden is a collection of individual plots with independent renters who each grow what they want.  The communal garden is the current production area used for producing food for local charities. If you’re interested in gardening, but do not want to rent a plot, then volunteering for communal plot care would be a good option.

  • How do I sign up for a plot and how much does it cost?

    Email or call the garden manager or committee chair and express your interest in a plot.  Fill out an application and agreement form—available on our website at, at the church office, or through a garden committee member.  Read the Trinity Garden Rules and acknowledge that you will abide by these rules at all times.  A check for $150* made out to Trinity Gardens must be submitted with the agreement form prior to a plot assignment. (*Sliding scale or scholarships may be available on a case-by-case basis for those in financial need.)

  • What type of work can I do to fulfill my 20 hours of yearly volunteer work in the garden?

    There are many ongoing projects (compost bin building, worm boxes, mulch spreading, gopher abatement, large tree & hedge pruning, turning in un-used plots), regular maintenance (weeding, orchard and vine pruning) and most importantly working in the communal garden area.

  • Can I choose my plot?

    Can I choose my plot?

    Plots are assigned on a first come first served basis.  If there are two or more plots available then plot renters may choose from the available plots.

  • What are the hours of the garden?

    Visiting and volunteer times: Sundays and Tuesdays 9:00 am to Noon,

    While the garden is open sun up to sun down every day of the year the garden is locked to the public except during special events.  We encourage everyone to keep the gates closed and locked at all times (unless you are going to be responsible for who comes and goes while you are there).

  • When and where are the garden meetings held?

    Trinity Garden Committee meets monthly with the dates, times and places posted on our message board at the garden tool shed.

  • Who do I contact with problems or ideas?

    Anyone on the Trinity Garden Committee can be contacted and will pass on the information to the remaining Committee members.  Plot renters are also encouraged to attend Trinity Gardens Committee meetings, open to all plot renters and members of the garden.  Seasonal plot renter and garden user meetings/gatherings offer another opportunity to bring forth concerns and ideas.

  • Do I have to supply my own tools?

    Basic garden tools are provided by the garden and replaced as necessary.  You may bring tools from home but they must be taken with you each day when you leave the garden.

  • Where are the tools kept?

    The tools for the garden are kept in the small tool shed located in the northeast corner of the garden.

    Please Contact the Garden Manager if tools are broken or missing.

  • What do I do about the gophers?

    The gophers inside the garden fence line are a threat to everyone’s plot and plantings.  Plot renters can trap or catch and remove gophers within their own space.  Please alert the garden manager of any gopher activity around or within the plot space as trapping the gophers is the highest priority of the garden manager.  Please do not use gas, poison or toxic methods to control the gophers.

  • Crows and birds are invading my garden what do I do?

    Try and hang tinsel or another shiny object from a taller plant or trellis.  Bird netting draped over larger plants helps to keep the birds from getting at your crop.

  • Snails are eating my crops, what can be done to get rid of them?

    Active and frequent hand removal of snails and slugs is the most effective way to reduce the population.  Sluggo brand snail bait is a safe granular type bait that works well on slugs and snails for night time control. Snails and slugs are also a sign of over-watering, switch to drip system if using sprayers/misters.

  • Where can I use the bathroom?

    We have provided a porta-potty in the northeast corner of the garden for garden users only.  It has a combination lock that should be re-secured after each use to avoid non-plot user access.  We do not want to encourage the general public to enter the garden solely to use the porta-potty that we pay to have maintained.

  • What do I do with garden waste?

    All garden waste, with the exception of Bermuda/Kikuya grass stolons and diseased plants (Tomatoes with mosaic virus or canker), should be taken to the composting and mulch making area under the large oak tree.  Please place the waste on the pile to allow it to dry for a few days, which makes chipping and shredding the garden waste a lot easier as the wet vegetation clogs the shredder.

  • What do I do if there is a broken mainline ?

    The garden’s water can be shut off using the valve in the green valve box located in the north/west corner of the garden.  Please notify the garden manager and committee immediately.

  • What are the boundaries of the garden?

    The garden is bounded by the parking lot to the north, the bottom of the drainage swale to the west, the split rail fence to the south and La Cumbre Rd. to the east.  Please do not venture beyond the split rail fence to the south of the garden or beyond the drainage swale below the garden as these areas are private property and not part of the Trinity Gardens.  Future development phases for Trinity Gardens include an orchard and a multi-use space where community events and additional growing space will be used for garden events and expanded communal gardening.

909 North La Cumbre Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93110.  Contact Nicole Biergiel, Chair  Email: