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Mel's new vermiculite!

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/12/2013, 9:08 pm

Hey everyone, front page of squarefootgardening.com has a link:

http://www.squarefootgardening.com/new/coarse-vermiculite-2-cu-ft/

that leads to a page making available, as a trial run, true COARSE grade vermiculite from a source Mel checked out and approves of. Price is $20.97 for two cubic feet and includes a $5.00 credit toward shipping. As a trial run, though, it may go away or be re-priced at some point, who knows when.

Now I wish I hadn't settled for medium grade vermiculite! This will be a good opportunity for many of us, though. And I'll probably get an extra bag or two myself.
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Re: Mel's new vermiculite!

Post  southern gardener on 8/12/2013, 9:17 pm

$28.00 for shipping??  or $43.00 for priority?? They also have a $4 handling fee? Wow, even with a $5 discount, that's too much for my wallet!!
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Re: Mel's new vermiculite!

Post  camprn on 8/12/2013, 9:35 pm

Yeah, the medium works well enough. I wish the foundation good luck with that product though.

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Re: Mel's new vermiculite!

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/12/2013, 9:36 pm

Wow you're right. I saw it on Firefox and it didn't properly update the shipping cart, but IE explorer shows the shipping stays rock solid at $28/unit even at five units, no discount. So that's $108 on Firefox vs. $217 on IE, quite a difference.

See, that's why I like Firefox so much! Very Happy
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Re: Mel's new vermiculite!

Post  WriterCPA on 8/17/2013, 2:44 am

If you don't have a local source, I found this listing. $20.49 for 4 cu ft and $14.99 to ship to my Maryland address. I assume that is from their Danville, IL location and not the one in Sacramento, CA.

Greenhouse Megastore Coarse Vermiculite

They also had a bunch of other practical resources like shade cloth that I haven't seen locally. (Thou shalt no read seed catalogs or websites before New Year's Day. Thou shalt not...)study 
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coarse vermiculite in Maryland

Post  SQFTBIX on 3/11/2014, 10:27 am

If you live in the Baltimore region, Meyers Seeds in Baltimore sells bags of coarse horticultural grade vermiculite from their stock.  I buy mine in bulk bags of I think 4 cu yds - although I may be mistaken on the size.  One bag usually is enough for me though.  And you can check out their seed offerings too while you are there.  They have a pretty large selection of Maryland region seed offerings and the staff is always very helpful.  Just a helpful hint I hope.

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Re: Mel's new vermiculite!

Post  sanderson on 3/11/2014, 2:13 pm

Did you add it to the Vermiculite data base? See the Home page.
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