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Vermiculite

Discussion in 'Gardening Discussion - Other gardening systems.' started by stuey, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. stuey

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    Hi,

    i am just about to purchase some vermiculite for my new wicking bed, should I buy fine , medium or course?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Yabbies4me

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    Why vermiculite stuey?... I wouldn't use it, but if you're intent on it I would definitely use the coarse.
     
  3. stuey

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    Doesn't Murray use Vermiculite? What would you suggest?
     
  4. Murray

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    Yes I do , and I like it...but to each his own. Whatever works for you.
     
  5. stuey

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    Thanks Murray, I think i will give it a go...
     
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    Yep!... I don't like it... probably just my bias from my hydroponic background. I stopped using it very early on in my hydroponic days, it holds too much water for my liking and it would also breakdown into a sludge in the bottom of the systems... but if Murray says it works well in wicking beds then go for it, he'd know, he has a lot more experience with wicking beds than I do.
     
  7. Murray

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    You should also look at using gravel in the bottom of the wicking bed. And yes Yabbies is right it does (vermiculite) get messy after a while.
     
  8. stuey

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    I eventullay went with a Perlite / Scoria Combo......

    It seems to be wicking well but i suppose only time will tell Whistling

    Next Project is my Aquaponics.....

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  9. Sam Burton

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    I use coarse vermiculite with burlap as the wicking material. Next year I'm building some rather large beds and may try the gravel because it would be a lot harder to do maintenance on them should the vermiculite break down. Small 4 ft by 3 ft are not a big deal.
     

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