Recomendation - Garden Center in the Metro

mean_74(4A)April 13, 2010

I will travelling to the metro area over the next couple of weekends. I am looking for Pine Bark fines in particular for container gardening and can't find them in Winona. Can anyone recomend a good greenhouse/garden center in the metro area - I will be in Inver Grove the next two weekends. I will also be in Blaine soon too.

Thanks,

Mean

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doucanoe

I am not familiar with pine bark fines, so no idea who may carry them.

But Mickman Brothers in Blaine is a really great place! If you care to travel 15-20 minutes farther north, the Green Barn in Isanti has a huge selection, too.

Linda

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 9:21PM
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heleninramsey

I think Gertens is in Inver Grove or very near it...it is HUGE! I don't feel the same about Mickmans as Linda (sorry Linda)...Do like the Green Barn though...Helen.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 8:51AM
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mean_74(4A)

Thanks for the tips ladies.

I think I'll call these places and see if they have Pine Bark fines.

Thanks,
mean

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:40AM
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kaptainkr(4a)

I know that Linder's in St. Paul sells a product called soil builder, which is partially composted pine bark fines. For my potting mix I used Timberline pine bark mulch as a substitute, which I know is available from both Lowe's and Home Depot. It is in the 2 cu. ft. bags with purple labeling. Some of the pieces are bigger than 1/4", but you can either screen them out, or just live with it, which is what I did.

Here is a link that might be useful: Timberline pine mulch

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 11:11AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

I didn't know what pine bark finds were so I googled it and got this. It may help in finding it/them.

Here is a link that might be useful: pink bark finds

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 7:19PM
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garystpaul(4)

I've found pine and fir bark fines at Home Depot, though sometimes they only have the nuggets. These I put through my shredder and then use for potting mixes. Gary

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 7:02PM
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thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

Gertens has a catalog online. I've been told that they pretty much only sell what's in the catalog. See link.

You could also try Bachmans on Lyndale. That's the flagship store. I'd try that one before any others.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 8:26PM
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doucanoe

Helen, what don't you like about Mickman's? Aside from them being on the pricey side, I think they have nice plants and a very nice selection of tools, equipment, supplies, and decor.

Not sure how knowledgeable their staff is, I have never really had an opportunity to talk at length with any of them.

Linda

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 8:52AM
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