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Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

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Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  bratgirl on 5/11/2013, 2:33 am

I plan on calling garden centres in and around Winnipeg tomorrow, but thought I'd ask here first. Where does one find coarse-grade vermiculite? I need at least 8 cubic feet.

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Vermiculite Database

Post  Windmere on 5/11/2013, 9:51 am

Hi bratgirl,

If you go to the home page of this forum, there is a link to the Vermiculite Database. There is an International Link after that. I noticed that in Canada there are at least six merchants listed. I don't know much about Canadian geography, but this database may be of some help to you.
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Re: Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  TN_GARDENER on 5/11/2013, 9:55 am

If the garden centers or nurseries don't have it, you can try the hydroponic shops.

I know that Mel's mix recipe calls for vermiculite, but I've heard of some folks using Turface, Mule Mix or motor oil absorbing stuff that you can find at some of the feed stores and/or automobile part stores (sorta looks like kitty liter). This stuff is quite popular with some of the container folks in their 5-1-1 mix.

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Re: Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  Firefly on 5/11/2013, 5:07 pm

I get it at Ron Paul's garden center they have a 110 liter bag for 30 bucks...they're on St. Mary's Road (in Winnipeg). I think there's a farm supply store somewhere in the Inkster area that has it for just under $30 dollars but I'm not sure what they're called.....
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Re: Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  bratgirl on 5/12/2013, 3:57 pm

Thanks everyone for all of your help!

Firefly, I will head over to Ron Paul's this afternoon. Am so excited to start building my beds today!
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Re: Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  donnainzone5 on 5/12/2013, 11:14 pm

There are two + Ron Pauls??!?
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Re: Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  Amethyst42 on 5/13/2013, 1:46 pm

I found mine at St. Mary's Garden Centre. It was $40 (sounds like I should have gone to Paul's!).
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Re: Where can one purchase coarse-grade vermiculite?

Post  bratgirl on 5/13/2013, 4:40 pm

Thanks Amethyst42 for responding. I purchased 4 bags from Ron Paul's. Didn't even think to look for earthworm casings while I was there. Duh! I cashed in some Airmiles for a $250 Rona gift card. Trying to keep the costs for my SFGs on the cheap. The vermiculite set me back some, but I'm hoping to have bountiful crops. Here's to wishful thinking!
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I'm wondering the same thing

Post  March on 5/18/2013, 5:10 pm

I live in Brampton, Ontario about 20 minutes drive from Toronto. Anyone from that area know where to find Vermiculite in bulk?

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