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Garden in a Box: "What's Wrong with my Vegetable Plant?"



There's always at least one plant that refuses the thrive despite your best efforts! UMaine Cooperative Extension teams up with Piscataquis Regional Food Center for “What's Wrong with my Vegetable Plant?” Learn an overview of cultural practices to prevent disease in your garden, how to diagnose a disease problem, common vegetable plant diseases, and how to submit your plant to the diagnostic lab.


PRFC and the Extension piloted “GBox” in 2021 with 16 community members and four UMaine Master Gardener Volunteers who served as “Garden Coaches” to the participants. From March to October, the Coaches supported their Gardeners with phone calls, texts, and home visits. In addition, participants received a Garden in a Box Resource Binder filled with Cooperative Extension gardening publications, tips, a monthly calendar, and a journal to keep track of their container garden. We also supplied each Gardener with their choice of locally-sourced seedlings, a 15-gallon cloth growing container, potting soil, and gardening tools.


Because enrollment is limited and our 2022 program is full, we have started to offer a series of FREE public workshops at Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft. In our first session, Laurie offered up "Tips and Tricks" to save time and energy in the garden (view recording here!). She provided helpful suggestions for how to plan your day in the garden, modify your tools, and maximize gardening efforts! In our second lesson, "Small Space Gardening," Laurie told us the best ways to maximize harvest in minimal space (view recording here!).


Mark your calendar for our next Garden in a Box program:


Garden in a Box: "When to Harvest" June 22, 2022, 6 pm at Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft


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