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Recomendation - Garden Center in the Metro

Posted by mean 4A (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 13, 10 at 14:59

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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RE: Recomendation - Garden Center in the Metro

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


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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.


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RE: Recomendation - Garden Center in the Metro

Thanks for the tips ladies.

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

Thanks,
mean


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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


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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


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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


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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.


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RE: Recomendation - Garden Center in the Metro

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


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