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Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

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Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  Wild Bill on 3/15/2010, 8:10 pm

You can get the big 4cu coarse grade bags at Piedmont Farm and Garden on Howard Street in Spartanburg, SC. $23.49 a bag.

7043 Howard Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303-2053
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583-1443

Might want to call ahead of time to make sure they have some in stock. They sell out fast.

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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  boffer on 3/15/2010, 8:25 pm

Hi,

Welcome to the forum and thanks for the info.

There was a Wild Bill on the old forum from eastern Washington state. Is that you, or is he going to have to change his nick when he shows up?!
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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  Wild Bill on 3/15/2010, 11:27 pm

Nope.. I'm a new Wild Bill. Born and raised in South Carolina.

I've grown fruits and vegetables most of my life, but I've done it the old fashioned way. This will be my first year using SFG.

I still think I'm gonna put most of my tomato plants in earthboxes.

What's the recommendations for planting tomatoes in SFG?

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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  boffer on 3/15/2010, 11:34 pm

Wild Bill wrote:
What's the recommendations for planting tomatoes in SFG?

Nothing special that I can think of. My personal preference is to plant them in the trench method. Lay the root and part of the stem horiz. in the trench and curve the stem up.

The roots will travel into other squares, so I plant shallow rooted stuff like lettuce nearby to avoid disturbing the roots when harvesting. Try it-it works!
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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  Wild Bill on 3/15/2010, 11:44 pm

Ok, but how many tomato plants per square, or should we be talking only 1 plant per 4 to 9 squares?

They do take up a lot of room....

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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  sh1mm3r on 3/16/2010, 11:24 am

I have my tomatoes planned for one square, skip a square, eight plants total. We'll see if that works!
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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  Wild Bill on 3/16/2010, 2:59 pm

sh1mm3r wrote:I have my tomatoes planned for one square, skip a square, eight plants total. We'll see if that works!

Hi sh1mm3r,

Do you also "prune" your tomato plants or let them sprawl, and train them up your supports?

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Vermiculite in Spartanburg

Post  mmdobson on 3/26/2010, 11:48 am

Hey, Wild Bill, is that Palmetto Vermiculite and what grade is it on the the bag? I got some in Sumter last summer but they claim not to be able to get any now. I went to the Palmetto Vermiculite site and they had two grades of "Coarse" vermiculite listed. http://palmettovermiculite.com/MSDSDownload.html
I want to be able to tell my local people what to buy. If you could check your bag, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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Re: Vermiculite in Spartanburg, SC

Post  Wild Bill on 3/26/2010, 2:14 pm

Yes, it is the Palmetto vermiculite that comes in a brown bag. It is the COARSE A-3 grade.

I was just back at the store yesterday and they are sold out, but I'm sure they can still order some more. They did have some medium grade vermiculite in stock, however.

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