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How many 8 quart bags of vermiculite will I need?

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How many 8 quart bags of vermiculite will I need?

Post  newSFGinNorthDakota on 4/30/2011, 8:42 pm

Well, I was planning on starting two new 4x4 SFG's this weekend, but a blizzard hit us HARD last night/today. After spending the entire day yesterday going to Ace Hardware, two local nurseries, Kmart's garden center, Walmart's garden center, and a local feed store, I was able to get the peat moss I needed, two kinds of compost, and unfortunately no vermiculite. Ace, and most of the other stores, didn't even know what it was, and they only had one kind of compost. To make a long story short, it looks like the only place I can get it is online through Ace Hardware (it says they can ship to store). They are 8 quart size bags for $5.49, but how much will I need? I know for 2 4x4 SFG's with two high rise boxes for carrots, I will need 6 cu. ft, but I have no idea how to convert the quart to cuubic feet. Can anyone help me? Does anyone know what else or where else I can get compost (I will have to order it online, as I am in a small town-the nearest town is Bismarck at 110 miles west of me)?

Thanks to anyone who may be able to help me Smile

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Post  shocks20 on 4/30/2011, 9:11 pm

I did a google search and found this...
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_dry_quarts_in_a_dry_cubic_foot

Do you have a menards near you? They usually have the vermiculite in the building section, in bigger bags...otherwise you are gonna need a lot of the small bags!!

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Post  NHGardener on 4/30/2011, 9:24 pm

ND, There's a vermiculite thread on this forum, I wonder if they could help you locate vermiculite in your region.

Ooh, I just saw this thru the verm. thread:

Mail order vermiculite

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Post  walshevak on 4/30/2011, 9:47 pm

The other recommended mail order source is Uline, a packageing company.

http://www.uline.com/BL_3801/Vermiculite

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Post  newSFGinNorthDakota on 5/1/2011, 1:32 am

Thank you to everyone for all the useful advice! I found the wikipedia link to be really helpful, but it would cost me over $140 to buy all the 8 quart size bags I would need and for that price I could drive to Menard's in Bismarck which is 110 miles away lol. I even looked at Lowe's online and to ship the 4 cu. ft. bags to me it said it would be $59 to put it on a truck and bring it here. Look's like I'll be going through Greenhousemegastore.com or Uline.com and just pay alot for shipping. I found out that through Greenhousemegastore.com it will be $76.

Oh well, I won't need to buy anymore as long as I don't build anymore boxes lol! Thank you again so much! I really appreciate it, was ready to give up this afternoon, especially after the blizzard dumped all snow and my brocolli is still under the grow lights Sad

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Post  shannon1 on 5/1/2011, 1:34 am

My Ace will special 4 cubic foot bags of corse ver. Ask someone at the store they may do it for you. It set me back 25 dollars but to me it was well worth it.

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Post  newSFGinNorthDakota on 5/1/2011, 1:40 am

Great! Thank you so much! That is great news! I will try that before I place an order online. I will just try to talk to someone different than I did yesterday when I was in the store. None of the three sales associates had a clue what I was talking about when I asked for vermiculite. I even explained what it was lol. Will let you know what they say Monday!

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Post  shannon1 on 5/1/2011, 2:14 am

I hope it is co. policy and not only nice local peeps.

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Post  GlassHen on 5/1/2011, 7:43 am

I was able to get one of my local nurseries to order two 4 cuft bags for me through one of their suppliers. The supplier delivered the vermiculite along with their next shipment so the nursery didn't charge me shipping. It took a couple extra days but I saved a lot of money not having to drive far or pay shipping.


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Post  acara on 5/1/2011, 8:30 am

+1 on the Ace ...

I've really grown fond on this establishment over the last year ....always willing to go the extra mile to get yr business (at least down here).

They are kinda small and the inventory isn't as complete as HD or Lowe's, but if you can find it online, they will order it for you. It's gotten to the point now that I just call in my orders & they call me when everything is in, and I drive down & get my vehicle loaded. In/out in 5 min Very Happy


They also have a really good selection of canning supplies.

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Post  NHGardener on 5/1/2011, 8:52 am

One thing I've learned thru all of this, is never take the clerk's word as the final answer - talk to the manager of the store and/or the owner. They know the product line better than the clerks most of the time.

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Post  Old Hippie on 5/1/2011, 3:26 pm

That is especially true at a lot of the big box stores.......at least where I live. They have a very high staff turnover so a lot of the people working in the ones here, know very little about the products they are selling. Speaking from experience of a small paint store staff member, the smaller stores tend to be a lot better at looking to get you what you want. They know they can't compete with the box store on price but they sure can on customer service.

If you can get vermiculite in larger quantities, do it. I found the small bags to be very expensive. Just hang on to the extra you might have because by next year you will most likely want to add more growing space Wink .

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