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Garden in a Box

Container Gardening Learning Series

Mobility, small space or lack of resources shouldn't stop someone from learning how to grow their own food. Our goal is to set Gardeners up for success and generate enthusiasm for growing veggies year after year.

Free Materials
Help from our Garden Coaches

Free Container Gardening Workshops

Presented by Piscataquis Regional Food Center and UMaine Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension. These workshops are FREE and open to everyone.


Tips and Tricks for Garden Chores (click to view recording!)

March 24, 2022, 6 pm at Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft

Learn how to plan your day in the garden, proper stretching and lifting techniques, selecting ergonomic tools, adapting existing tools to improve their ergonomics, designing your garden to match your abilities and much more! Adapted from Episode #9 of Victory Garden for ME.

Small Space Gardening (click to view recording!)

April 28, 2022, 6 pm at Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft

Are you short on space? Many kinds of vegetables can be easily grown in containers by following a few basic guidelines. What to grow and what can you grow it in will be the topic of conversation.

What's Wrong with my Vegetable Plant?

May 25, 2022, 6 pm at Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft

This demonstration will offer an overview of cultural practices to prevent disease in your garden, how to diagnose a disease problem, common vegetable plant diseases, how to submit your plant to the diagnostic lab, and much more!

The Limited Enrollment Garden in a Box Program Includes:

  • A complete growing experience, including learning materials, gardening tools and guidance from March to October

  • Personalized assistance from a Garden Coach including phone support and home visits

  • Garden in a Box Resource Binder with Cooperative Extension gardening publications, tips, a monthly calendar and journal to keep track of your container garden

  • Trowel

  • Watering Can

  • 15 gal cloth container

  • Fort Vee Vermont Compost potting soil and locally sourced seedlings   


We limit enrollment for each season, ensuring each Gardener gets a quality experience with their Garden Coach. Our 2022 enrollment is FULL! 

The Garden in a Box Resource Binder is available digitally. 

Garden in a Box Quick Links

Watch the Garden in a Box Introductory Video
and container garden tutorials on our Youtube channel

Learn how to be a Garden Coach/Master Gardener Volunteer

Download/Print Digital Garden in a Box Resource Binder

Watch the Victory Garden 4ME Videos

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This collaborative project is brought to you by Piscataquis Regional Food Center and UMaine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County.

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