Tuesday, March 12, 2013

7 affordable portland resources for spring home + garden projects

Change is in the air and the signs are becoming noticeable around town—the days are longer, green grass is sprouting, colorful crocuses are beginning to poke through damp dirt, and a few blue skies and fluffy, white clouds are occasionally pushing gray, rainy days aside.

This all means spring is beckoning—which also means it’s time for you to get outside, clean up what winter left behind, and start checking projects off your to-do list. Completing these tasks doesn’t have to be costly, and although you can find all the home and garden supplies you need at Portland’s locally owned alternatives to Home Depot, there are also plenty of shared community resources and educational opportunities right in your own backyard.

So as spring approaches, utilize the following resources to affordably tackle your home and garden projects as most simply require a bit of your own time and sweat but provide an opportunity to make connections with your neighbors.

Tool Libraries

With four tool libraries throughout the metro area, Portlanders can borrow a myriad of tools with options ranging from basic hand and power tools, to ladders and gardening tools, to specialty equipment for advanced activities like carpentry and woodworking or tiling and plumbing—if you’re feeling ambitious, that is. Each volunteer-run library offers tools to local residents, 18 and over, for free.

Find the complete list of tool libraries as well as six more affordable, community resources to help you with your spring home and garden projects on Neighborhood Notes.

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