Growbox FAQ’s


How many categories are there in the competition?

There will be five (5) main categories and six (6) special categories for judging. Please see the rules and regulations for more information.

Who can participate in the competition?

Any resident of Trinidad and Tobago (child or adult) who is not a professional farmer or engaged in large scale farming is eligible for entry.

How long is the competition?

The competition will run for eight (8) weeks, the expected duration for the selected crops to achieve maturation and produce.

When will results for the competition be announced?

The results will be announced after July 5th 2021.

Can I grow crops outside of those listed?

No food crop outside the approved list should be grown in the same garden plot/ grow box/ pot as the crops being adjudicated unless such plants serve a purpose such as insect repellent etc. The presence of any other crop or plant will lead to disqualification.

How many crops can I plant?

Competitors must plant at least four (4) of the listed crops across any category.

Is the Ministry providing seeds,seedlings or soil for planting?

No, competitors are required to provide their own seedlings, soil or any other requirements for their gardens.

I don’t have space to grow crops in the ground. Can I use pots?

Crops can be planted in any object available (e.g. ground, grow box, pot etc.) and may be of any shape but must:

  1. Be within the boundaries of their property and
  2. Stay within the square footage allocated for the category.

Will anyone from the Ministry be visiting my home?

Random site visits will be conducted by Ministry Officials during the competition. Competitors will be notified in advance to schedule a time for the visit.

What are the short term and long term ages for the seedlings?

Short term= 30-45 days harvest time, at least 2 weeks old.

Long term =10-12 weeks harvest time, at least 2 weeks old.

What to look for when choosing seedlings?

Short term- 4- 6 Healthy looking leaves or height should be 4-6″. Plants should be free of spots, blemishes and any sign of pests.

Long term- 4 – 6 Healthy looking leaves; height should be 3-5″. Plants should be free of spots, blemishes and any sign of pests. Choose disease resistant varieties once available.

Do all the registered family members have to be shown in all the video submissions?

Each registered member should be seen at least once showing their participation.

Is there a maximum number of family members that can register/participate in the family category?

No, once all the family members reside in the same household.

Can participants enter more than one category?

Participants can enter one of the main categories (small, medium, large, hydroponic, aqua phonics, best influencer kitchen garden) and one of the special categories (most innovative, most sustainable, people’s choice, decorative and family garden).

Step by Step Guide to Home Gardening

What you should know? Video links
Growth of a Plant
Places to Plant at Home

Place to Plant at Home

So what do I do First 🤷🏾‍♀️ if I want to set up a Home Garden? There are three main steps to Setting up Your Home Garden 1️⃣ Planning The Fun Part-Using a pen and paper do a simple diagram to mark where some features are on your property, e.g. +6 hrs.Sun, Shade, Wet, Dry, electricity lines, drain. 2️⃣ Designing Plan the layout of the crops. Now add to your sketch and put plants into spots that are suitable for them. 3️⃣ Implementing 👩‍🌾👩‍🔧👷‍♂️⚒🧱Stay tuned as we post more on Home Gardening!

Posted by ETIS Division on Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Land Preparation


Choosing good quality seedlings

Choosing Good Quality Seedlings for the Home Garden

Does it seem like you are doomed to have a brown thumb 😖 👎🏽? How many times have you brought home a seedling and happily planted it and the next morning it was dead.What if I told you that sometimes this can be avoided just by simply choosing good quality planting materials.Types of Planting Materials• Seeds ( Seasoning herbs, legumes, corn) • Seedlings ( most vegetable crops)• Cuttings ( cassava, potato, yam, ginger, dasheen, tannia, eddoes)• Suckers ( banana, plantain)• Budded/ grafted plants (fruit trees)Certain Factors need to be considered when you are choosing planting matter or seedlings from nurseries or plant shops.Environmental Factors • The surroundings should be free from overgrown bushes, generally clean, no waterlogged conditions • Seedlings should be in conditions that are free from excess shade. If seedlings have too much shade they do not "harden off" and they have difficulties when they are transplanted.Seedling Characteristics The seedlings should: 1. Be of the appropriate age (seedlings with 4-6 healthy green leaves)2. Be free from pests and diseases 3. Have healthy white roots (good root development, with no balling of roots)4. Show vigorous, healthy growth5. Be of uniform appearance6. Have the proper Shoot to Root ratio (2:1)

Posted by ETIS Division on Monday, April 6, 2020


Transplanting and Watering


Fertilizers – How to apply

Fertilizing for Your Home Garden

So it's time we learned about fertilizing those plants you have recently plantedWhat is a Fertilizer• Any organic or inorganic material of natural or synthetic origin that are added to a soil to supply one or more plant nutrients essential to the growth of pants.Fertilizers may be Organic or Inorganic.• Organic ( derived from living sources) o Manure from animal waste o Compost derived from plants & organic material• Inorganic (Manufactured or mined chemical compounds) o They may be Simple or complex o Are derived from elements that are bonded together o May be in the form of a Solid: Granular; Crystalline or LiquidNow remember all fertilzers are not the same. Every fertilizer will have different mineral compounds. Depending on the stage of growth your plant is in it will need different fertilizers to provide it with the raw elements necessary for it to grow and produce.The Three Main Nutrients are N : P : KNitrogen, Phosphorus, PotassiumThese will be the letters you commonly see when you go to purchase fertilizers at the agro shop. If your soil is now being prepared you will need a fertilzer high in Phosphorus (P)- Root developmentIf your plant is now growing and producing leaves you will need a fertilzer high in Nitrogen (N)- Shoot developmentIf your plant is already grown and mature enough to flower and fruit you will need a fertilzer high in Potassium (K)- Flower and Fruit developemntNutrients needed by Plant • Macro/ Major: o Nitrogen (N); Phosphorus (P); Potassium (K) • Secondary: o Calcium (Ca); Magnesium (Mg); Sulphur (S) • Micro: o Iron (Fe) ; Chlorine (Cl); Copper (Cu); Manganese (Mn); zinc (Zn); Molybdenum (Mo); Boron (Bo)Summary Nutrients needed by Plant • In the soil before planting – 12:24:12 + TE• While growing – 20:10:10 + TE• While flowering and fruiting – 9:6:24 + TE• Seedlings after they are transplanted– 20:20:20 + TE ( equal parts of all N: P: K but at a high level and soluble so plant can access it easily.

Posted by ETIS Division on Sunday, April 12, 2020


Weed control


Pest Management


Disease Management



Harvesting Crops from the Home Garden

👩‍🌾🥑🥭🍒🍊🥥🍍🍅🥔🍠🥦🥬🥒🌶🌽🔪👨‍🌾Harvesting Crops from the Home GardenNow that we have learnt all the steps in growing crops and keeping them free of pests and diseases, we can finally harvest a wonderful crop.What is Harvesting?Harvesting is the process of removing your produce (fruits, vegetables and root crops) from the plant when mature, at the time they are ready for immediate consumption, sale or storage. When should you harvest• The time of harvest varies with each crop• Harvest produce at the stage for consumption• The expected time for harvest is based on the time of planting or transplanting • Crop- Lettuce, patchoi Harvest time- 4-5 weeks ( before they flower)• Crop - Chive, celery Harvest time - 4 weeks• Crop - Melongene Harvest time - 10 weeks• Crop - Okra, cucumbers Harvest time - Once mature, every other day• Crop - Tomatoes, hot peppers Harvest time - 10 weeks, Mature but still green, allowed to ripen in storage • Crop- Bananas, plantains, Tomatoes , peppers Harvest time - Harvest when fruit is mature, when it has changed to the colour you desireBe guided by• Sight- colour, size, shape • Touch- texture, hardness, softness• Smell- odour, aroma• Taste-sweetness, sourness, bitterness• Resonance-sound when tappedMethods of Harvesting• Handpicking• Harvesting Using Tools• Knife• Secateurs• Fruit Picker• Picking Pole• Garden Fork• Harvesting Using MachineryNow that you have bought or harvested your produce the next step is to clean and prepare for storage and/ consumption. Please follow along with the accompanying posters for this information.

Posted by ETIS Division on Thursday, April 16, 2020





Courtesy the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries


Phases Activity Timelines
Phase 1 Registration

Plants in the ground

1st Video Submission (upload)


April 9th – May 3rd

April 19th – 27th

April 27th – May 3rd


Phase 2 2nd Video Submission (upload)


Dates Coming Soon


Phase 3 3rd Video Submission (upload)

People’s Choice


Dates Coming Soon