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How do I find free or inexpensive plants, seeds, compost and other gardening material?

I live in Philadelphia.
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2013  |  380 Views

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Here is your guide to free and low cost gardening in Philadelphia:

Compost, mulch, wood chips, manure 

Philadelphia's  Organic Recycling Center is located at 3870 Ford Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131 (215-685-0108). For residents of Philadelphia.  There is no charge for small amounts of materials (up to a 30 gal. can). Residents who wish to obtain more than the free allotment must purchase the materials.


Seed Savers Exchange gives free seed to community and educational groups .  Non-profits, schools, community gardens, and other educational programs in the U.S. are eligible. In exchange, participants are asked to  pass it on -- by teaching children to grow healthy food, by saving seeds for next year's garden, or by delivering produce to a local food pantry. Details at Seed Savers Exchange web site.


There are numerous plant sales in the Philadelphia area. These are organized by local plant societies and garden clubs and are a great way to obtain plants. Produce Junction stores sell plants. Sometimes plant sales are listed in the PHS blog as well. Also try the “big box” stores – Lowes and Home depot for lower cost plants.

Pots and other gardening equipment

Try Craigslist Philadelphia and  Craigslist also is a good source for local plant sales.

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