This spring, I put a request for perennial plants on a site called freecycle.com and received so many replies I picked up more plants than I could use. The extras, I shared with friends and family. Examples: Hosta - an entire full size station wagon full; day lilies - several colors; Butterfly bush - taller than my station wagon is long; daffodils - ready to bloom. All I had to do was pick them up and plant.
I estimate having received well over $300 worth of plants. I felt blessed and the givers felt good about giving and recycling. This site has many other items free for pick up. You can also give away any unwanted items. Examples of items on site: furniture, toys, magazines, boats. Everything is exchanged free. For me, it has also resulted in a new friendship with a giver.
Please, always use caution when going to a strange home or having someone pick items up at your home. Women, go in pairs and/or with your husband. Men can be vulnerable, too.
By EIW from Lancaster, PA
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