Carol O'Meara, Colorado State University Extension
Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension

Following a gift giving season, many gardeners find they have a bounty of extra tools, gloves, and sundries to use in our hobby. After all, well-meaning loved ones know we have green thumbs, so give us things they hope we’ll cherish.

And as gardeners move from novice to seasoned vet, our preference for tools matures as well, and we purchase new tools to keep up with our needs. This is how we end up with two extra hoes, a couple of shovels, and enough hori-horis to make Rambo look like a wimp.

If your tool shed is crammed with items, it’s time for spring cleaning and lending a helping hand to other gardeners. Pull out, dust off and donate gently used gardening tools to our Colorado Master Gardener Tool Drive for Garden Share, a project of Community Food Share, communityfoodshare.org/donate/donate-food/garden-share.

Now through April 15 bring new or gently used gardening tools and new gloves or hats for donation to the Garden Share project help community members of limited means learn to grow food. Locations for drop-off of tools are in Boulder, Longmont, and Louisville.

All hand tools are welcome at this event, from trowels, hand rakes, hoes, and shovels to hoses in good condition, watering cans, or hose nozzles. Any tool you use in your home vegetable garden is needed. Items that people wear to protect them from the sun, the hard ground, or hands from getting grimy, such as gloves, hats, or knee pads must be new and unused.

Please, no motorized tools, such as weed whackers, chainsaws, rototillers or lawnmowers; we also cannot take grow lights nor pots and containers. This tool drive is collecting for very small scale gardens but we are unable to clean and sanitize containers.

Tools for donation should be in good working order and reasonably clean.

Where to drop off tools:

In Louisville – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Food Share, 650 South Taylor Ave.

In Longmont – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County, 9595 Nelson Rd. (on the fairgrounds in the Natural Resources building).

In Boulder – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clerk and Recorder’s building, 1750 33rd St.

By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension. CSU Extension together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Colorado State University Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road,Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail comeara@bouldercounty.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.