A volunteer plants herbs for container gardens in 2021. (AMELIA GRAHAM PHOTO)

Gardening provides delicious food, exercise and stress relief, but it’s not always an option. Many seniors are no longer capable of growing large gardens, and transportation may be a barrier to tending a community plot.

Harpswell Aging at Home, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Coastal Academy are teaming up for a second year to provide residents of all ages and abilities with simple container gardens.

Many vegetables can be grown successfully in pots, which can be placed on a deck or in the yard. Container gardens are easy to care for, and they can provide an abundance of fresh and healthy food.

If standard gardening presents a challenge, reserve free container gardens by contacting Julie Moulton at juliemoulton28@gmail.com or 207-330-5416. Gardens should be reserved by May 12. They will be delivered to homes in late May.

Options include a cherry tomato in a 5-gallon pot, culinary herbs in a rectangular window box or salad greens in a rectangular window box. Limit one of each type per household.