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Offlinedirk gently
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vermiculite. where did it go?
    #619924 - 04/26/02 11:58 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Okay, this is really embarassing. I'm not even a newbie (first grew in '96).

I can't find vermiculite locally anymore. I've looked EVERYWHERE. Just yesterday tried KMart (they used to have it), Walmart (perlite, no vermiculite), Home Depot (same as walmart), Sears (nothin), Menards (nope), and a few other places that have garden departments. Its like nobody stocks it anymore.

Does anybody know of common stores that carry it? I'd prefer not to mail order for the stuff (just because it bothers me to order bulky, cheap stuff that I should be able to pickup), but will resort to that if I must (best place to order from?).

Its the prime garden/yard season and I'm kinda irritated that I've been looking for this for so long without luck. Is there a reason its not sold as much anymore (another asbestos scare?)?

Thanks





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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: dirk gently]
    #619934 - 04/27/02 12:09 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Did you try lowes? I saw some there the other day. It wasn't on the shelf, but they had it. There was a place for it with a price and everything, but it was empty. And I saw a big box labeled vermiculite way up on a shelf above where it should have been.


I was just looking at the time, or I would have had them get it down for me.



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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #619946 - 04/27/02 12:27 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

No Lowes stores in my state (just checked). What a bitch.

any other sitings?


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: dirk gently]
    #620023 - 04/27/02 01:38 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

I know that Home Depot carries it......the employees are dumb.
go take a look around in the garden section.
They have 4 sq foot bags of verm sometimes.....and the smaller bags.
The larger bags are usually outside in the racks.

Hardware stores carry it......Try a True Value hardware store.....great people.
If they don't have it in stock.....they will order it in for you.

Fred Meyers carries Verm...small bags for $3.99

Check Nurseries in your area.....they most likely will have some...usually more expensive.

You can also find it online.....if you really can't find it locally.

good luck!


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PM the names with on there names, that means they have mushrooms for sale.



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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: Roadkill]
    #620049 - 04/27/02 02:15 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

If you have a Franks Nursery and Crafts around they carry it.

>>Roadkill
Ya I know for a fact also that Home Depot carries verm. but I haven't seen it this year.


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: frocie]
    #620062 - 04/27/02 02:27 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

you need to go to a Garden that sells only plants and plant related things... those big stored like Target, Home Depot, etc dont carry that kinda shit in their little "Garden Centers"


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: shorty420]
    #620487 - 04/27/02 04:29 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Vermiculite may be a thing of the past, Heres the tale...

Finally got off my arse and decided to grow my first batch of Mother Natures Finest (PF-Tek), gathered up part of the supplies, but the local Wally Werld was out of vermiculite. The woman working there suggested a local farm supply saying she just bought some on sale their...

At the Farm Supply they couldn't find any so they called the Manager who informed me that he was told that vermiculite was no longer being produced because of some kind of suspected health problem (Lung Related).  Hmmmmm.

So I made a trip to 2 other towns and both of their Super WWs were out, and didn't even have shelf space allocated for it anymore (I also checked in the seperate flower sections at the stores that had them) and the sales people admitted they used to carry it.

Draw your own conclusions, but here I sit with a load of fixins and no vermiculite after spending 5 hours rounding up stuff.  :frown:

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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: dirk gently]
    #620671 - 04/27/02 08:40 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

i get it at ace hardware,kmart,tractor supply.Any nursery should have it in a pinch.


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: CosmikDebris]
    #620690 - 04/27/02 09:04 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

After doing some calling, Lowes came through. Just got back from picking some up.  :smile:

CD


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: dirk gently]
    #620779 - 04/27/02 11:27 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

My local nursery has vermiculite 365 days a year, I can't believe that vermiculite has become this difficult to find.

-Grimey


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: CosmikDebris]
    #620786 - 04/27/02 11:34 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

In reply to:


At the Farm Supply they couldn't find any so they called the Manager who informed me that he was told that vermiculite was no longer being produced because of some kind of suspected health problem (Lung Related). Hmmmmm.




well that really sucks
i have also noticed that there is no more vermiculite at wal-mart
but i got it there like 4 weeks ago
the bastards... everything kills you, you know. Except shroomies :P


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: CosmikDebris]
    #620836 - 04/28/02 12:47 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

" At the Farm Supply they couldn't find any so they called the Manager who informed me that he was told that vermiculite was no longer being produced because of some kind of suspected health problem (Lung Related). Hmmmmm. "

Several years ago there was a Verm mine that had Asbestos in it.
So there was a scare about Asbestos in Verm.....this matter has been cleared up.
Yet many places still think that there is Asbestos in Verm.
Which is totally incorrect.....blahhhhh
Urban Legends..... I swear !!!!

Glad my Home Depot carries the 4 square foot bags.....think I will start selling them to you people that can't find the stuff!!!!
One huge bag will last over 6 months.

Coming soon...Roadkill's Verm Store


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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: Roadkill]
    #621179 - 04/28/02 11:37 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

A bit of searching revealed...

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Tainted Vermiculite Processed for Decades
Officials Ignored Asbestos Hazard as Mineral Was Sent to 60 Plants, Paper Says

Associated Press
Saturday, December 25, 1999

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-12/25/087l-122599-idx.html

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Date Published: 08/22/2000
Title:  EPA STUDY SHOWS MINIMAL RISK TO CONSUMERS
WHO USE VERMICULITE IN GARDENING

"...Low levels of asbestos were found in a handful of these bags, primarily those bags of straight vermiculite. These levels were very low and do not pose significant health risks. However, we feel it is important for consumers to be armed with this information when making their decisions."

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/b1ab9f485b098972852562e7004dc686/432c326e58a19bc68525694300633925?OpenDocument

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WW may just be doing another Inventory reevaluation, if something doesn't fly off the shelf, remove or replace it.

The Farm Supply might be just covering their Asses, too many peoples sue happy.

I grabbed 6 8qt bags at Lowes yesterday afternoon and that only left 3 on the shelf. In any case its not a bad idea to have some extra.

>>>Roadkill's Verm Store<<<
Sounds like a plan  :cool:
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Re: vermiculite. where did it go? [Re: dirk gently]
    #621767 - 04/29/02 12:04 AM (15 years, 30 days ago)

Thanks everyone. I'm glad someone else could back me up on it being hard to find.

Its a bit strange that some home depots, kmarts stock it but not mine. I thought perlite and vermiculite went hand in hand. Not anymore.

I guess I'll try to find a couple more stores that may have it. I should have stocked up on it before when I could have.


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