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Vermiculite on the out in Ontario?

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Vermiculite on the out in Ontario?

Post  DarrylP on 6/30/2016, 11:04 pm

So I am new to the whole SFG thing. I purchased a home a couple years ago without a fence around the property, so I put off starting a new veggie garden until I got the fence up. Now have a yard of about 7,000 Sq ft that I am dedicating about 160 Sq ft to SFG beds.

Anyways, I'm a little late into getting started this year, so going to plant some fall crops in the beds I just built, just needed to make the Mix, so utilizing a combination of the database and my pre-existing knowledge of various greenhouses/nursery's in the area (Durham Region) I started to call around.

After calling 10 different nursery's/garden centers (some I consider "Mega" nurseries like Vandermeers in Ajax that sell pretty much everything under the sun) I got the exact same answers from all of them. "We normally stock Vermiculite but this year we discontinued carrying it" OR "We normally stock Vermiculite but this year we couldn't source any due to SCOTT'S buying out our normal supplier and closing the operation".

On my 10th call however I finally found some, 4 - 4cu ft bags, stock from last year, that he had not completely sold, I bought them all.

The guy who had a couple bags mentioned the SCOTT's buyout as well but also said a lot of greenhouses don't use it anymore because of the health risks (Vermiculite dust is a known irritant to the lungs, nothing to do with asbestos).

It looks like ULINE may be the only source in Ontario left now? Unless anyone else has recently this summer found a source that has a large supply of it?

BTW, all of them tried to sell me HUGE 1L to 5L bags of perlite for $6-$10.....so a 4 cu ft bag would only be a couple hundred dollars!!
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Re: Vermiculite on the out in Ontario?

Post  trolleydriver on 6/30/2016, 11:20 pm

Welcome DarrylP to this great SFG forum. I'm in Ottawa and I'm currently acting as the "welcomer" on behalf of Kelejan who is the Regional Host for Canada. You will find a lot of good information on the forum and the members are very friendly and helpful.

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This year and last I purchased 4 cu ft bags of vermiculite from Ritchie's Feed & seed in Ottawa. The problem is that they are the only suppliers that I have found in this area so I hope they keep selling it.

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Re: Vermiculite on the out in Ontario?

Post  PVPind on 7/5/2016, 10:45 am

I have been trying to get an audience with some Ontario supply outlets for several years to carry our perlite and vermiculite up your way. Nothing has happened as of yet. Either way here are two locations that may be able to help. They carry Perlite Canada's products.

http://www.amaplas.com/ViewCategory.aspx?search=vermiculite

http://orders.sunparlourgrower.com/Product/Catalog
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