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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

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Learn how to grow when space is tight

A pair of library programs in Haywood County will give gardeners some ideas on how to get growing when gardening space is limited. Check out one of these free programs:

• Master Gardener Joe Smiley will give a class on gardening with earth boxes, large planting containers that contain a water reservoir, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Canton Branch Library. A program of the Giving Garden, an initiative supported by a variety of organizations to teach various aspects of gardening. 828.648.2924.

• Master Gardener Volunteer Hughes Roberts will cover how to get the greatest yield from a small space during a square-foot gardening class at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. A certified square-foot gardening instructor, Roberts will lay out the principles behind growing an abundance of plants in 20 percent of the space of a conventional row garden. 828.356.2507.


Macon gardeners launch series to help black thumbs

The Macon County Master Gardeners will kick off a series of programs to help Macon County residents succeed with their gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center. 

The program, “Ready, Set, Plant” will be led by Master Gardener Ellen Averill of Catalula, Georgia, and will be followed with a tour of the Environmental Resource Center gardens. Refreshments will be served. 

Jamie Plant, 904.962.0800.


Get growing at Jackson community gardens

Community gardens in Sylva and Cullowhee are seeking growers and volunteers. 

The gardens offer individual plots — and the tools necessary to cultivate them — for those who want a way to grow their own organic veggies and meet people who enjoy doing the same. Plots are free with the stipulation that half the produce gets donated to people in need. 

Volunteers are also invited to weekly workdays to keep the gardens in tip-top shape. Year round, volunteers meet at the Cullowhee Community garden on South Painter Road on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to dusk and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. In Sylva, workdays are held Thursdays from 4 p.m. to dusk between March and November at the garden on Storybook Lane. 

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