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Free hands-on gardening classes in Canton

 Master Gardeners will provide lessons on how to plant a garden at free hands-on classes at 10 a.m. on May 18 and June 1 at the Canton Branch Library. 

The classes will focus on square-foot gardening techniques, which allow for a great yield from a small amount of space and adapts to all levels of experience. A special four-foot by four-foot raised bed was built at the Giving Garden site located behind the Canton Branch Library specifically to demonstrate the square-foot gardening technique to the public. 

It is not required to attend both the May 18 and June 1 sessions. Participants may come to either or come to both.



Gardening space available near Canton

The Hunter Community Garden near Canton is looking for gardeners to get growing in one of its available spots. 

Plots, which cost $35 apiece, are 600 square feet and come with underground irrigation lines, an initial tilling already done and access to a tiller, garden tools, storage space for materials and free advice from Haywood County Cooperative Extension. The garden is located at 144 Johnson Farm Road. 

Sarah Scott, 828.456.3575.


Gardening season open in Macon community garden

The Macon County Community Garden Committee is looking for gardeners to work the ground for its fifth season. 

The 500-square-foot spaces are limed and tilled, but gardeners must supply their own fertilizer, seeds and plants. Each gardener should donate a portion of the produce to Macon County Care Net, which uses the produce in food relief efforts. 

$25 per spot with 24 spaces available. 828.349.2046. 


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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