Garden Journal

What-a-melon!: North Carolina is well known for its barbecue, but you may be less familiar with its variety of spectacular watermelons. Get a taste of these big, quenching fruits from around the state during the North Carolina Watermelon Tasting, scheduled for Friday, July 11, at the WNC Farmers’ Market. Call 253-1691 for details.

On the road again: The 2nd annual Jackson County Farm Tour and Garden Walk will take place on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. The public is invited to visit 14 featured farms and gardens during the self-guided tour, which is hosted by the Jackson County Farmer’s Market. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

Brochures with directions to and descriptions of the participating farms and gardens are available at the Jackson County Farmer Market in Sylva that morning, as well as these sponsoring shops and restaurants: Annie’s Naturally, Bryson Farm Supply, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, City Lights, Green Energy Park, Guadalupe Café, Mad Batter Bakery, Spring Street Café, Soul Infusion, and the Underground.

Line up, you turkeys: The Pittsboro-based American Livestock Breeds Conservancy will hold a workshop on raising heritage turkeys on pasture on Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22, at several venues around Pittsboro and Graham County.

The clinic will school participants the basics of outdoor production of heritage turkeys beginning with brooding and finishing with marketing. Everything from nutrition to keeping your birds safe from predators will be covered.

Registration deadline is Friday, July 11. Cost is $40. For more information, contact ALBC at (919) 542-5704.

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