fine verm ... [merged]
Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:22 AM
Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:20 AM
Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:38 AM
Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:54 AM
Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:58 AM
should be easier to find
but if you strike out
i do sell the medium grade vermiculite
on my other site, www.mycrotopia.com
shipping makes it pretty expensive though.
Posted 27 February 2007 - 09:01 AM
Posted 27 February 2007 - 10:24 AM
Posted 27 February 2007 - 12:49 PM
If you have a local seed and feed store near you try that. Or, you can try a nursery. Both of those places should carry some.
I have had good luck with one of the nurseries in my town.
Also, if you use a mixture of say 70/30 coir /verm for your casing..most likely you won't have as severe of probs with clumping. You will probably get a better pinset too...because of the coir IMO.
Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:45 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 09:55 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:18 PM
When I got them out they were so dense. I think too dense.
I went to a big garden center, kinda like a co-op, to get some. They had fine, medium and coarse (A-1, A-2, A-3) verm. I bought a bag of the coarse. Those jars were knocked up on 4/18, birthed the first one on May 2nd, all are done now and have been for sometime,I did 15.
Here is the down side. It was a 4 cubic foot bag, 18lbs of damn verm.
I didnt want to be seen carying that into my apartment, so I went to walmart and bought the second biggest sterillite tote they had and it wouldnt hold all of it. I shall never have to buy verm again:headbang:
Oh yea $12 dollars for that huge bag, and its like $4 for those smaller ones that make like 20 pint jars at most
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:21 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:35 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:46 PM
Seriously though, the guy who turned me on to this uses fine verm. He just lives 90 miles away. His fine verm was A LOT less fine than my fine verm. Different brands. So it depends. Each flake in my fine verm was about the size of a coffee ground. His are about the size of pot seeds.
The coarse I bought was not too much bigger than his fine. I just really liked how it was shaped. It was about as big around as a bb, but is was probibly 4 times the length(the average piece, some were bigger some were smaller) as the width. Made a really airey substrate. The fine was such a mess too. I will never use it again.
The thing I liked most was how it broke up. With the fine I never could get it to do anything other than clump. The coarse seperated nicely.
So, it just depends how how fine your fine verm is.
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:51 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 11:00 PM
These were done with a very fine grade. Some jars took a little longer than others to colonize, all were finished between 2-3 weeks (except the one only inoculated at 2 points, it's not in the picture).
With a finer grade your mix will appear too dry but, resist the temptation to add more water as it will slow it down. Also, do not pack your jars too tight. Just a gentle slap on the bottom on the palm of your hand to remove the large air spaces or thing will go real slow.
Posted 25 May 2007 - 11:02 PM
There is the verm I bought. Select the coarse A-3.
It will tell you all about it.
Posted 26 May 2007 - 01:48 AM
Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:58 PM
Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:01 PM
BTW if you are grinding your own brf leave it chunky and that will help combat the over density caused by the fine verm.