In the garden

Get a jump on berry season

A seminar on growing strawberries, blackberries and raspberries will be offered 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva.

The session will cover all the basic cultural needs of these three berry types. Topics will include site selection and preparation, soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, trellising, weed control, cultivar selection, pruning, training, harvesting and pest control options. 

Free, with registration required by contacting Christine Bredenkamp, 828.488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Waynesville seed library opens

The Seed Library of Waynesville will open for business Monday, Feb. 12, allowing anyone with a library card the chance to come and choose some seeds. 

Located in the North Carolina room of the Waynesville Library, the self-serve library allows cardholders to browse the drawers of the seed library and take some home to plant, after writing down seeds chosen on the form provided. 

Returning the seeds after harvest is not required to use the library, but it is encouraged, as the library is entirely self-sustaining. The seed library inventory is online under the “seed library” tab at www.haywoodlibrary.org.

Seed library has same open hours as main library. For questions or to donate seeds, contact Kathy Olsen at 828.356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Farmers market conference planned

A workshop for farmers market managers and vendors will come to Rocky Mount on Thursday, March 8. 

The event will offer a chance for market managers and vendors from across the state to gather and exchange ideas that can be used on the local level. Sessions will focus on recruiting and retaining shoppers; developing a board of directors; food safety and funding opportunities. There also will be lunch and networking opportunities.

Cost is $20 with a Feb. 26 registration deadline. Full agenda and registration form are online at www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz. Kevin Hardison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919.707.3123.

Funded by an N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission grant and organized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

 

Haywood plant sale kicks off

The annual plant sale sponsored by the Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association is underway, with all manner of edible and native plants available by advance order. 

Offerings include berries, asparagus, fruit trees, nut trees and native plants including perennials to attract pollinators, sold at prices the association describes as “exceptional.” Due to popular demand, perennial plants will be significantly larger than in previous sales, with most in one-gallon containers.

Order forms are available at the Haywood Extension office on Raccoon Road in Waynesville, by calling 828.456.3575 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Orders are pre-paid and due by March 16. Edibles will be available for pickup April 7 and native plants will arrive May 19. 

Proceeds will fund education-related horticulture projects in Haywood County. 

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