Northeast Gardening forum: Where to find quality soil and perlite this time of year?

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Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Dec 12, 2017 3:46 AM CST
I can't find perlite anywhere! Where do you get ur soil and amendments in the depths of winter?

Specifically Central NJ but if anyone can point me in the right direction I'm all ears!

Thanks!!
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 13, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Do you have a tractor supply near by? I get my stuff at a feed mill near us.
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Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Dec 15, 2017 11:47 AM CST
After a couple stops at the gardening centers nearby I ended up driving to an old agway (same stuff, new name) about 20 min away and found everything I needed. I do have a tractor supply!!! It's an equal distance away but still, THANK YOU!!! Never drive past it so I never would have thought of that. Thanks again!
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 15, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Glad you found some Chrissy Hurray!
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Dec 18, 2017 3:49 AM CST

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Sometimes I order from amazon.. for future reference
Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Dec 19, 2017 1:10 AM CST
Amazon! Of course!
This is why I love these gardening forums... Incredibly easy answers right in front of my face that I would never think of if it wasn't for you guys!

When it comes to soil (any kind and every kind) and amendments, what's the top of the line, best brands?
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Dec 19, 2017 4:24 AM CST

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I am not much help in that department .. I use coco coir for my medium.. perlite and slow release fertilizer.. kiss method works for me Whistling
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 19, 2017 7:35 PM CST
I only use chicken poop Shrug!
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
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McCannon
Dec 19, 2017 8:01 PM CST
I usually find perlite and vermiculite at Home Depot. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vi...
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Name: Jim
Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Dec 31, 2017 11:50 AM CST
Watch Amazon. Their prices are not always the best, and if you have a Prime Account, don't be fooled into thinking your really getting free shipping. A lot of times they tack the shipping onto their price. Check the prices on other sites before you click the Amazon Buy button.

Try not to buy bagged soil. Most of it is garbage...even those claiming to be organic. If you have to buy, buy from a local nursery. Ask them for a reference or two of gardeners who use their soil. If they won't give you references, leave. There are too many companies and nurseries selling garbage to unsuspecting gardeners. Mush of what is being sold today is full of junk and nutrient dead. I know you need it now, but best thing...start you own compost pile. If you compost correctly, you'll almost have an endless supply of great garden soil.

I just bought 9 bags of Jiffy Organic Seed Starter at Home Depot. The tried to tell me that it had been "put up" for the winter. I think they wanted me to buy that line. I told them their website says they have 345 bags in stock, and I drove 1 hour to get it. It's not my problem if they put it up for the winter. I was pleasantly persistent! They weren't happy, but they got my 9 bags from up in the nosebleed section.

Check Greenhouse Megastore for perlite. I bought 3-25lb bags of vermiculite from them a couple of months ago. You can't get that size bag from a local nursery or big box store, and it was cheaper than some stores charge for a much smaller bag. You have to pay shipping, but it was still cheaper than if I went out and bought the equivalent of smaller bags locally.
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Dec 31, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Thanks for the 'heads up'....I always buy Jiffy organic, usually my tomato seeds do well......
Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Dec 31, 2017 8:44 PM CST
Yeah home Depot Lowe's Walmart, they all have plenty of sickly looking plants for sale but no soil! Annoying. Good for you for your persistence! I'm too shy and non confrontational! We do have a compost here (I moved in with my bf over the summer, that's his deal), however.... I am a complete bug a phobe and I would rather buy a bag of "sterile" soil and then sterilize it myself when it comes to houseplants.

He doesn't notice a thing but we def have some kind of bug lurking around here and it's a mystery. I see signs of it but no actual insect in sight. I concluded carpet beetle and cloths moths but idk.... Any forums I could post to to get a better idea? They're not necessarily a plant pest...
Name: Jim
Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Jan 1, 2018 1:20 AM CST
RobinD said:Thanks for the 'heads up'....I always buy Jiffy organic, usually my tomato seeds do well......


Yup, I think Jiffy is one of the better ones. My seeds always do well, and I have never had a problem with it. A bit pricey for the size of the bag, but you get what you pay for...as is always the case.

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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Jan 1, 2018 8:32 AM CST
Sorry, Chrissy...I have no idea about bugs......even the good ones creep me out!

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