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Amazon Shop: ½ Pint Jars, Perlite, Rye Grain, Vermiculite, Wild Bird Seed

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OfflineProteus
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Surprising news about Vermiculite..
    #479229 - 12/04/01 10:31 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

So I was looking at my trusty Home Depot last night for vermiculite and couldn't locate it. So I tracked down the LAwn&Garden guru who was working there and he tells me that vermiculite has come under attack by environmentally-concious groups. Apperently it has adverse effects on the environment and is being phased out. That is why you will not see vermiculite for sale in big corporate stores anymore like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, & such....
I didn't believe him, so I went to Wal-Mart - - But they had everything but Vermiculite...!

Anyone else hearing this kind of news on their homefront???

So - - What can I use instead of Vermiculite????

I prepared 6 jars all of different substrates last night as experiments - I'll post on the results....


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Proteus]
    #479236 - 12/04/01 10:47 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

Yesterday's news, Proteus. There was an asbestos scare concerning verm that started earlier this spring.
You can still find it at garden supply stores, AGWAY and many hardware stores. Oh, did I mention AGWAY?
Sixteen pounds for sixteen bucks.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: puscle]
    #479244 - 12/04/01 10:54 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

So is their anything you can use as an alternative to Verm. that Does NOT have to be pressure cooked?..



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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Anonymous]
    #479253 - 12/04/01 11:07 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

no. youre pressure cooking the substrate in whole; its not just verm that needs sterilization. whatever you put in your jars must be at least boiled or PCed


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: puscle]
    #479257 - 12/04/01 11:12 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

oops - Sorry about the old info. It just surprised me b/c my last Verm. purchase at the same Home Depot was a couple months ago... well - I guess that would be around the time... errr......

I dont have an AGWAY (never heard of it) But I wish we did - thats a great price. I'm gonna check some local nurseries and see how things go. If worse comes to worse- I can order the shit online... that would sincerely suck :-[


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Proteus]
    #479258 - 12/04/01 11:13 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

You mean it's not just for breakfast anymore??


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: BeppoMarx]
    #479272 - 12/04/01 11:47 AM (16 years, 10 days ago)

well for example, from what I hear Bird Seed can ONLY be PC'd or it wont work?.. Are their any substitutes to Verm. that can still work with just boiling?


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Anonymous]
    #479363 - 12/04/01 01:02 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

Again, birdseed is NO substitute for vermiculite. If you wana do cakes ala PF-method. you need vermiculite. Point.

Birdseed can be used on it?s own or with vermiculite, also rye. But as soon you are adding whole grains to a substrate, it has to be pressurcooked. If you add a flour, it can be boiled, still you get more reliable results if you PC it.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Anonymous]
    #479382 - 12/04/01 01:12 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

to replace vermiculite in pf cakes, you need to take a two-pronged approach.
first, you can substitute polyfil synthetic fiber for the top layer of vermiculite to act as an air filter between the substrate and the lid's inoculation holes.
second, you can grind sponges for use as a substitute for the vermiculite in the cake itself, assuming pf tek style cakes are desired.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Hippie3]
    #479462 - 12/04/01 02:15 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

I found a stockpile of Vermiculite today at Calloway's. However it was 6 dollars for 4 pounds. Oh well - I bought them all!


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Proteus]
    #479567 - 12/04/01 03:37 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

vermiculite is at True Value Hardware or maybe some smaller mom and pop hardware stores. i'm not sure if true value is nation wide or just here in NY. i got 2 huge bags for $3 each. if you're really hard up for it. Mail me a biggest puffiest envelope you can find and i'll mail ya some ;)
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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: straightbangin]
    #479617 - 12/04/01 04:37 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

I got a big bag of vermiculite at plantland today.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Proteus]
    #479626 - 12/04/01 04:40 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

here's the story I got at Home Depot. They told me that they were all out becase the company which they recived the vermiculite from was going out of business; therefore, not shipping verm. to them.

They did however have 2x 20 lb. bags of it left. I think they were about $17.00/ea. I passed on the verm. and found 1lb bags of it at Fred Meyer. =)

it's interesting we got two seperate stories from the same store chain. it's got to be a conspiracy!


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: FreakShow]
    #479649 - 12/04/01 04:56 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

Home Depot told me that they weren't getting it anymore for some reason and they didn't know why. Another garden store (Hewitts) said that it was out of season and they were out.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: straightbangin]
    #479710 - 12/04/01 06:05 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

has anyone tried perlite as an alternative to vermiculite in making cakes? i haven't tried it myself, but i wonder if it wouldn't work - it should have similar properties as far as holding water and air, but it does get pretty soggy. i've only used perlite in soil mixtures, so i can't really say for sure.

anyway, i just got a bunch of vermiculite from http://www.discounthydro.com, but if it is, in fact, not going to be produced anymore, i'm sure there are alternatives.

take care! good luck!
-chris

ps. i tend to believe the 'out of season' thing more. i'm not saying it's not true, but people have known for a while that you should be careful not to breathe in the dust from vermiculite . . .


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: bizarro]
    #479747 - 12/04/01 06:46 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

No, but I think finely chopped straw would work ok. Soak it for 2 days


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: Proteus]
    #479931 - 12/04/01 09:48 PM (16 years, 10 days ago)

Go to your closest garden store. Case in point; There is neither a Walmart or Home Depot in our city so I went 20 miles out of my way to Home Depot. Nothing. I went 20 miles further to Walmart. Nothing. I returned home and recalled that there was a ma n pa plant store next to the ma n pa hardware shop 2 minutes from my house. And ta dow! $1.30/huge scoop. The have perlite too!


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: bizarro]
    #480146 - 12/05/01 12:54 AM (16 years, 9 days ago)

I've tried perlite instead of vermiculite. It didn't work out real well. The perlite compacted together and the mycelium just grew around the outside of the jar. And it took it a month to do that. The perlite tended to get dingy after about a week or a week and a half and parts turned brown. It did not work out. I managed to break one cake up and make a casing which is not doing too bad, but that is out of 12 jars. The rest got contaminated or just wouldnt grow.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: MrFreeze5]
    #480219 - 12/05/01 01:59 AM (16 years, 9 days ago)

what? are u for real, verm isnt gonna be produced no more? ahhhhh, shit, i dont get it, earth is fucked anyway from the gases, hehe. now that just pisses me off, oh well, i got my pc so im tryin to use bird seed now. but still, fuck those enviromental fucks.


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Re: Surprising news about Vermiculite.. [Re: downforpot]
    #480227 - 12/05/01 02:05 AM (16 years, 9 days ago)

just went to fred meyer tonight and bought the last 1lb bag of vermiculite. What a shame. hopefully they'll order more. I used most of it for jars tonight anyway.


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