Because of the 3 major ingredients to Mel’s Mix (1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 blended compost, 1/3 loose peat moss – equal volume of these ingredients), that material has the ability to hold water, saving it for the plants when they are thirsty. Here’s what we recommend for anyone who wants Mel’s Mix shipped to their front door. I am trying to buy at Home Depot online and for order of 20 bags it is showing me a shipping cost of $150! Here’s what others have accomplished. :\. Last will this mix work well in Denver, CO. So please do not call them to try and get them to change the shipping. You pose a very good question, and that’s why I put exactly the answer you want to hear in the ALL NEW book. Here’s a link to my latest book All New Square Foot Gardening, 2nd Edition. So I’ve got to leave it up to each of you. Hi Mel, I went to order a bunch of your mix online from Home Depot (it’s not carried here locally) and was charged $10 per bag for shipping. Would we add less than the 1/3 mentioned in the book since it already has some perlite in it? Would love to see pictures of it, even if its under construction. The 4×4 box will take 8 cubic feet of Mel’s Mix. In stock, no ordering online. I’m sorry to hear your story. Fill the Raised Garden Bed. Sounds like we will need to make our own mix which is unfortunate because it would have been a lot easier to use yours. We lost a dear friend last April when Mel Bartholomew, who created the Square Foot Gardening system in 1976, passed away at the age of 84. Here’s what others have accomplished. They CANNOT order it at the store as the SKU number isn’t in the local system. Mel. Thank you. ft. Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix If you use Mel’s Mix in your box on top of your weed fabric, that separates your existing dirt with your plants and they then grow in the 6 inches of perfect soil. Even if you don’t need any Mel’s Mix right now, you would be doing all of us a big favor by calling your local Home Depot to make sure you can order it when you are ready and then we can tell others that the system is working and it is available if they order it online. The size of a box is usually 4 ft by 4 ft, which equals 16 square feet. I’m not sure why your wife doesn’t want sheep manure compost – I used to use that quite extensively in Utah and it always seemed to work quite well – but I will find out. open to new beginnings. Yes, the shipping is expensive, however, if you consider a typical trip to the store and you’re not buying a lot, you will find the costs are about equal. I am finding that your mix from Home Depot is cheaper than making it ourselves from the local nursery for 96 cu ft. I’m truly sorry for the situation. And how can I get some? I’ll hold off on more 4x4s til next year. I’m not sure what your question is, but you certainly pointed out 2 excellent samples of what it takes to get started. Even our supplier cannot control the matter either. Guess I’ll be mixing my own for now. We’re hoping that this plan will work for everyone and Home Depot will soon have Mel’s Mix on thier shelf for everyone’s convenience. You asked if I get a lot of spam in my blog. I may have been wrong on Lowes price. Here’s what others have accomplished. I was so looking forward to starting my SFG this weekend for the first time ever and the pre-made mix was an answer to prayer. The local stores all can’t order it in for some reason. I can, of course, have it shipped to my home for more than double the retail price!!! The world's most popular alternative gardening method Since Square Foot Gardening was first introduced in 1981, the revolutionary new way to garden developed by Mel Bartholomew has helped millions of home gardeners grow more fresh produce in less space and with less work. Googled…bought your e-book and consumed it in 2 days and started ordering plants and seeds. Call 1-800-430-3376. That drove us crazy. But I will take this up with the manufacturer to get thier ideas. I’ll use it for demonstrations. Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?. As a result of your letter, I’m going to write a new column and actually show the different bags and what they look like at different big box stores. Then they have a plan for shipping it either to your house or local store..but they start that plan by only shipping to your house at a very high cost. Home Depot sells 1.5 cu ft for $8.97 (63% more). It […]. Do you have your boxes, and grids and ground weed fabric all ready?? Divide your new garden in half and mix in the rock dust with one of those halves and the recommended Mel’s Mix in the other half. At first, I understood plan b, that when you order, they would ship your order to your local store at no charge, but that turned out to be erroneous and I thought, if the store has to carry it for you to order it online, then you can just go to the store and pick it up off the shelf. Tell your distributor they really need to fix the situation. any plugin or anything you can suggest? I think you need to fight to have it available everywhere! This will encourage others who have doubts or concerns to get started with their SFG. The plan is to go to the internet, order, and then have two options: a) if you’ll pay the delivery, they’ll ship it to your house b) if your local Home Depot already has inventory of Mel’s Mix, you can place your order and pick it up free at that store. You’ve built the frame for a raised garden bed; now you need to fill it with … Because as I have pointed out many times, Square Foot Gardening is the only method where you can have your garden on top of a table. And what is your experience with gardening?? If it’s not several pallets, and there are 50 bags in a pallet, I think it would be too expensive to ship. 1. Ordering coarse vermiculite from http://www.greenhousemegastore.com at 24.00 for 4.0cf. Or you can make your own, one would be dried grass clippings. Hope that helps you and you are able to find Mel’s Mix. . It’s just really, really, REALLY discouraging to not be able to get the potting soil mix from Home Depot without having to haggle or beg. They have each planned out their gardens and can’t wait to get started planting. Actually it all happened last night and today. The world's most popular alternative gardening method Since Square Foot Gardening was first introduced in 1981, the revolutionary new way to garden developed by Mel Bartholomew has helped millions of home gardeners grow more fresh produce in less space and with less work. You cannot have it shipped to your local store at this present time. And that does cause confusion because sometimes they want a different size but at least we don’t have to change the ingredients. Then it wouldn’t cost you anything but a trip to the store. Do you have any other options for ordering? SFG probably isn’t for me. You can buy mulch from the nursery by the bag – they’ll have several different types. Each store brand wants their own ideas put into each bag and sometimes they insist we change the size of the bag, the color, even the name of the mix. I had to try it to believe it, and since then have helped and will continue to help others grow their own food. The passing of a legend, yet his legacy lives on… and keeps on growing. I guess I will just have to try to assemble the different components on my own. You might also tell them it’s a good product and why can’t they just put in every store. I ordered 10 bags from Home Depot online after chatting online with a HD rep. and she had it shipped for only $50. Meliss, […] we loaded the dirt into each box. If it dries out again, even when mixed with a potting soil, it will become difficult to re-water and that is probably the problem you have heard about. Keep trying and Good Luck! Mel, I so appreciate your generous spirit, expertise and creativity! We’ve had our Mel’s Mix in Lowes at different stores at different times. We have been told the more customers that make comments and complaints will be much better results. It didn’t matter how many bags! Since vermiculite is so expensive and not readily available to the poor nor peat moss, we instruct everyone to make their own compost from free thrown away plant materials around the neighborhood. Save time and effort with pre-mixed Tried to order online- NO local store pickup (Tidewater Va). Concerning the rock dust, I would not bother but many do recommend it as an additive. As time goes on, and the word spreads, we will be able to get Mel’s Mix in more stores so it won’t be so hard to find. (1) Store pickup is available from Home Depot from select east coast stores, while for Lowe’s I found them on the west coast. Assuming it is the same product but different sizes, you are paying 40% more at Lowe’s. All the best. That would be a nice, absolute test of whether it has any advantage. What is the difference between the 1.5 cubic ft and the 2 square feet size?? We’re hoping for a groundswell so everyone pick up their phones, please. If you buy individually, because the bags of the three different ingredients all have different sizes, I’ve taken the confusion out of all the shopping by telling you how many bags of each ingredient you need on page 101. I’m sorry to hear your story. But our flower pot is square and much bigger, but about the same depth (6 inches) and it is filled with the perfect soil. We’re excited to see the results! Apparently, different manufacturers in different parts of the garden industry use different names for the same thing. Im curious also to know what the bag looks like, and any background or history about why they are carrying it. EKO Original: may not use because it contains peat moss and perlite, just trying to find at least 5 types. If you can’t, you might want to do a nice thing for your customers and have them get all themselves together and put in 1 order that could be shipped to your location. 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