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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

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Learn why earthworms are good for the garden

Earthworms aren’t always the most desirable pets, but a program at the Haywood County Public Library will explore their use as helpers in the garden and discuss how to raise them. 

Avid gardener and former high school teacher Mary Ann Smith will share her knowledge about vermicomposting from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. 

Worm excrement, called castings, fertilizes soil, and the channels worms make when moving through the soil aerate it and keep its density down. All of that is good for the garden. 

Refreshments and door prizes will be part of this Friends of the Library event. 828.356.2507.

 

Grow potatoes, share the harvest

Seed potatoes are being given out to gardeners and growers in Haywood County who are willing to share a portion of their harvest to help the needy, donating part of their potato harvest to food pantries, soup kitchens or neighbors in need.

The seed potato project is an initiative of the Haywood Gleaners, which connects the disadvantaged with surplus produce.

Prospective potato growers can pick up potatoes 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 13 at Crabtree Community Center on Crabtree Road or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ingles in Waynesville. The rain date for the Ingles pick-up is 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 16. 

Mary Alice Lodico, 828.452.0513 or Marian Phalin, 407.492.6861. 

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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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