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Gardener Resources

Waldo County Bounty is a community fundraising and resource-sharing campaign designed to improve food security for ALL people in Waldo County during the COVID-19 crisis.

What We Do


We encourage gardeners to grow an extra row to help food security efforts in Waldo County.

We offer volunteer opportunities for experienced gardeners to volunteer and get engaged.

We provide seedlings and other gardening support to food pantries for distribution.

We coordinate Give and Take Tables throughout Waldo County as a direct line from gardeners to folks in need of fresh produce.

What You Can Do!


  • VOLUNTEER! Get involved with gleaning, gardening, or mutual aid! Fill out this survey!
  • Gardener pledge, for backyard gardeners willing to “grow a row” in support of Waldo County hunger relief: Fill out this form!

Resources for Every Step of the Garden Process

  1. Planning (choosing a site)
  2. Choose what type of garden(s) you have space, time and resources:
    1. in-doors
    2. Container 
    3. raised beds/square foot gardening 
    4. Straw Bales
    5. In-ground
    6. Edible Perennials. i.e. herbs, highbush blueberries, ribes,  fruit trees, grapes, kiwis, etc.
  3. Soil
    1.  Soil is key to success and starts with testing.
    2. You may also need to amend, till, or add compost to your soil.
  4. Choosing what to plant & how much (seeds, seedlings (organic), garden planners)
  5. Planting/transplanting (frost dates, staggered plantings
  6. Mulching/trellising/thinning
  7. Weeds/watering/pest management
  8. Harvest, Storage & preservation options
  9. Consider season extension to keep your garden growing well past the first frost (cold frames, row covers, high tunnels)
  10. Putting the garden to bed
General Links

Cooperative Gardens

The Cooperative Gardens Commission has put together a very inclusive set of resources on gardening, whether it be ten square feet or ten acres.

Maine Planting Calendar

Planting Calendar for Maine, by Jean English, from MOFGA.

MOFGA

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has many useful articles and resources on their gardeners education website.

UMaine Cooperative Extension

A list of useful gardening resources for the home gardener from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Have questions?
Visit https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/ask/vegetable-gardening-questions/

Additional points of interest:

Seed Savers Exchange Article on Preventing GMO Contamination in Your Open-Pollinated Corn

Pruning fruit trees and vines – Renovating Old Fruit Trees from Outonalimb CSA – More detailed Fedco Guide to Renovating Old Apple TreesFedco Pruning GuideMOFGA Apple Tree Care Guide by Jean English

Record Keeping – It is a great idea to have a dedicated notebook, spreadsheet, or other means of recording what seeds/seedlings you buy, when they are planted indoors, when they are hardened off and put outdoors, and harvest yields.