WANTED: bamboo, reusuable gardening materials

oliveoyl3February 25, 2012

We're looking for reusable gardening materials for our Nature Center at Camp Berachah in Auburn, WA where we have a petting farm, edible gardens, & activities for school age children attending our before/after school & summer camp programs. Since the ice storm damaged our cyclone fencing for the petting farm, so we're using the opportunity to rebuild & expand our program.

Accepting donations. Tax receipt available upon request. Email me via Garden Web.


clear shoebox size or larger (ok if no lid)

egg cartons

garbage cans plastic or metal (holes okay)

lidded totes for storage

plastic laundry basket

sturdy willow, plastic or coated wire baskets

clean 1 gal. clear milk, water, or juice jugs or 2 liter soda bottles

pots: peat/plastic/clay

wood or plastic whiskey barrel, ok if holes


hose connectors, splitter, 4 way manifold, repair kit, or timer

soaker or regular, any length

watering cans

watering wand, adjustable spray nozzle


Cushioned kneeler or foam camping pads

gloves, nitrile disposable & reusable size S & M

old fashioned cast iron/aluminum hand operated water pump

plastic mini-blinds, light colored for plant labels

seeds: especially peas, pole beans, nasturtium, morning glory, or sunflowers


burlap bags

indoor/outdoor carpet

polypropylene bags from animal feed, sugar, rice, etc.

sheeting: plastic (black, clear, green, or red), paper, mylar

shingles: asphalt, wood

stepping stones, bricks, patio blocks

wood chips, shredded leaves, used coffee grounds, straw, shredded papers


metal t-posts

plastic or plastic coated fencing

stakes or bamboo poles in lengths 6-15ft for tepees

tomato cages

trellis, arbor, arch... metal headboard or footboard, baby crib ends/sides/metal bottom

welded wire fencing, concrete reinforcing wire, 16 gauge wire at least 10' sections

wood fence boards, posts, 2x2s, stakes

twine, plant tape

6' cyclone fencing, posts, clips, etc.


bird netting, golf course netting, chicken wire

crates: wood, metal or plastic

cold frame, portable greenhouse, clear shower door, clear Plexiglas, framed windows

shelves or large plant stand (plastic, wire, wood)


dolomite lime

potting soil, peat, coco fiber, perlite, vermiculite, compost

organic fertilizer


garden tools: trowel, shovel, garden fork, rake, hoe (any type), wing weeder

garden cart

old fashioned wood working: draw knife, spudder, crosscutting saw

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I can bring several egg cartons to the GE.
You might want to post this on the 'Garden Exchange' post, too. On the 'Exchanges and Trading' page where the 'Pacific Northwest' link is at the bottom of the left column, the 'Garden Exchange' link is at the top of the right column. That's the place where you can post all non-plant garden exchanges, and from the looks of it, it has some current traffic (unlike some pages where the last post was in 2009). Not sure if there are any local people on it, though.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 12:57AM
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ptpulley(8b Western WA)

I noticed the following ad posted on Craigslist Seattle.

Nursery pots. 1 gallon, at least a dozen, 2 gallon, at least 2 dozen. a few 10 gallon pots with the deal. All free. First texter takes it 253-278-6481. PostingID: 2920140448

Poster is in Roy.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 5:26AM
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sedum_gal(z8, Seattle)

Hi Corrine,

I have several things on your list that I'd like to donate...are you near enough to Seattle to pick them up?
If not, I'm planning a trip to Tacoma soon, and could make a swing over to Auburn with these...
Let me know!


    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 2:28PM
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nightnurse1968 (Suzy)

Corrine - will you be at the Olympia trade? I have quite a bit of older seed that I'd love to donate. I have good success with getting older stuff to sprout but it can be hit and miss. Maybe a good lesson on testing seed viability? Anyway..let me know and I'll bring some tomorrow

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 10:38PM
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Thank you Barb, Lisa, Tammy, Marie, Susan, and others (can't recall all the names now) who have donated items.

I'll be at the Green Elephant swap Sat. June 2nd in a burgundy caravan with Camp Berachah on the side.

especially looking for
-8 or 10 foot lengths bamboo or wood stakes for the Jack in the Beanstalk teepee
-plants for a ---
salsa garden: peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, onions
pizza garden: above + oregano
hummingbird and butterfly garden: red or tubular blooms
empty milk or 2 liter containers
stepping stones or patio blocks: any color size or condition

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 11:28AM
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I'll be at the Green Elephant Sat. Nov. 3rd to collect any unwanted gardening supplies or plants that are deer resistant.

Either in white Suburban or maroon mini van with white Camp Berachah lettering on the side.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 5:19PM
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