Time to swap those seeds, plants and bulbs at the annual Jackson County Farmers Market exchange scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 1 in downtown Sylva. Additionally, starting that same Saturday, an exciting new children’s program starts for the remainder of the season.
First, about the seeds: Bring seed that you have saved from non-hybrid vegetables or flowers, or garlic and bulbs for fall planting, as well as perennial plants that need to be divided and replanted in the fall. Seeds, plants and bulbs should be labeled. In the case of flowers, it is helpful to give the color and height of the parent plant. Plants that come up year after year in our gardens are proving that they are adapted to the local climate and can thrive in spite of insect pests.
Now, about those kids: The Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University is providing Homegrown FAM (Family Art at the Market). It is providing, free of charge, hands-on arts activity for children every week. Activities take place under the pavilion from 10 a.m. until noon.