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OfflineJssMthrFcknChrst
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Vermiculite replacement
    #1411610 - 03/26/03 12:45 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

With the unfounded fears of asbestos contamination, it has become nearly impossible to find vermiculite in my area. I have travel to almost every garden store, *mart, home depot, etc around and they have all stopped selling it. Its not like they never had it, I have purchased from many of these places in the past, now they no longer carry it.

I will continue to search for the real deal, but in the mean time I may need a substitue. I found a Scotts product "Multipurpose Soil" something-or-another that claimed to be "better than vermiculite". It looks kinda like perlite. Expensive shit, I think they are taking advantage of customers' fears.

Is there anything that anyone could suggest, as I need to mix up some compost and require vermiculite. Thanks a lot!

jssmthrfcknchrst


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Re: Vermiculite replacement [Re: JssMthrFcknChrst]
    #1411615 - 03/26/03 12:49 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

Just buy some Vermiculite online.

Click here!



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Re: Vermiculite replacement [Re: Roadkill]
    #1411635 - 03/26/03 12:58 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

Shipping would kill me (i think) it would at least double the price unless i bought more than I need. I am just looking for a short term replacement; I know that if I keep looking, I can find it locally, thanks though!

jssmthrfcknchrst

*EDIT*
Really, thanks for the idea! For some reason the idea of checking my local hydro shop skipped my mind. Good thing they have a website, clicked right over and found what I was looking for!


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Re: Vermiculite replacement [Re: Roadkill]
    #1411640 - 03/26/03 01:02 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

haven't tried this myself, but i've heard of using clay cat litter .
generic, unscented kind, real cheep stuff .
why do you need verm for compost :confused:

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Re: Vermiculite replacement [Re: deanofmean]
    #1411710 - 03/26/03 01:29 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

compost is too compact, manufacturer recommendation is to add 30% verm.


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Re: Vermiculite replacement [Re: JssMthrFcknChrst]
    #1411744 - 03/26/03 01:44 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

ah, store bought stuff . in that case i'd add straw . :smirk: 

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Re: Vermiculite replacement [Re: JssMthrFcknChrst]
    #1411817 - 03/26/03 02:18 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

my mom and pop supplier place has also stopped selling it... i've investigated using perlite instead, seems to be okay so far.

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