Thanks again for your assistance Stock up on it! I hope this doesn’t give an invitation to spammers to go ahead and send a lot of stuff. All best, I’ll be interested in knowing how large your garden is and your experience in using the Mel’s Mix, especially your first spring planting. In the past, Home Depot has changed the shipping from $55 maximum, then to $150 maximum, then to no longer available. Thank you. You pose a very good question, and that’s why I put exactly the answer you want to hear in the ALL NEW book. The guide has sold 2.5 million copies since Bartholomew wrote the book in 1981. I’d buy a whole pallet if I had a truck to haul it. To follow up I contacted Home Depot per Mel’s suggestion and spoke with a customer service agent who agreed to grant me the $55 dollar flat fee for shipping. 6. Can’t do the arithmetic. I just get too confused with all the other things and math and all that…. You just go to the garden store and buy the best potting soil that is made by another company and never tell anyone I told you. Guess I’ll be mixing my own for now. We would love advice because we are so very confused but excited to start this. I’ve got one of the larger ones and 1 smaller one filled with mix. But our manufacturer has been working for 2 years in both of those big box stores and they just haven’t quiet made the right keys fall into place. They want to charge me $150 for shipping a product that costs $134.55. Shipping was $60, but since I called, they did give me a discount. Tell your distributor they really need to fix the situation. 5. We really have nothing to do with the situation. I looked at raised bed kits on HomeDepot.com, and in the product reviews someone said they bought this for a Square Foot Garden, and filled it with Mel’s Mix. If this is not possible for a store manager to order directly for thier own stores use, we will have to get Lowes Corporation involved and maybe that path will work. Unfortunately, we have had a loss in the family due to Mad Cow related disease which makes us more sensitive to ingredients that could cause it. Thank you again for you letter and I hope we can get you some speedy replies. Thank you. They are ready in only 4 weeks and so delicious, I want enough for daily salads! I want to order, but don’t know how to compare. Taking up gardening in 1975 when he retired from his civil engineering career, Mel quickly realized that planting in widely spaced rows, while useful for large, mechanized, single-crop farm fields, didn’t translate well to … But as you probably know, the problem with indoor gardening is the amount of light the plants get. 1/3 of a 5 compost blend I hope that gives you the go ahead to get started. Since manufacturers keep changing the size of the bags each year, they started ours with 2 cubic foot per bag then went down to 1.5 cubic feet and some even said 64 quarts per bag. And I hope everyone else will. It didn’t matter how many bags! 1/3 vermiculite I’m wondering if you’ve gotten an answer from the Gro-Well company. Assuming it is the same product but different sizes, you are paying 40% more at Lowe’s. I’ve passed your request onto the Gro-Well company sales representative. They seemed to have settled now on $150 maximum and they have been a little upset at the number of calls. We thought once it’s in Lowes and Home Depot, all the problems would be solved. Sounds like we will need to make our own mix which is unfortunate because it would have been a lot easier to use yours. You cannot have it shipped to your local store at this present time. So that is how we teach Square Metre Gardening in 3rd world countries. CALL THIS NUMBER (1-800-430-3376) AND ASK FOR PRODUCT MODEL NUMBER #11760 AND ASK WHAT’S THE BEST DEAL YOU CAN GIVE ME ON THE SHIPPING COST IF I ORDER XXX NUMBER OF BAGS. :\. Rather than digging up, adding to, and improving your existing soil every single spring-that’s a lot of work over 10 years-all you have to do with Mel’s Mix is remember to add a trowel-full of compost to each square after you harvest it and before you replant with a new and different crop. I don’t know if it’s possible for you to order, lets say 10 pallets, just for your store, sell a good part of them right away and then have the rest for other folks…if this was possible for you, I would be glad to advertise to our audience that if they want Mel’s Mix, they can go right to your store, with your contact information. But of course you have to pay the retail price, so that would work if you were an individual and I’m not suggesting you give this information to your customer, but let’s see if we can get our mix in your store, one way or another. Next year new boxes will find homes on the ground, after we figure out what we want to do to make them sorta level.) They have each planned out their gardens and can’t wait to get started planting. Mel Bartholomew’s mix for the the best soil for raised bed vegetable gardening is simple: 1 part compost – Make your own, or If you live in Arizona the compost from Arizona Worm Farm is great. For obvious reasons this was not an ideal situation for us or the customer (esp. Maybe then they would put it in every store. Mix the Perfect Soil Cocktail. The Grid and the Guru Our grid is fashioned after the raised bed system made famous by engineer-turned-gardener Mel Bartholomew and his book Square Foot Gardening (public library). Earth Essentials: Cow & chicken manure & wood by-products I found a different bag. I would not change the mixture unless you aren’t home often enough to make sure the garden soil stays moist down below the surface. Yes it is the same product…sometimes in different size, color and descriptive bags. Just easier starting out than mixing, albeit more expensive. As a favor from everyone reading this, please call your Home Depot store and tell them you want Mel’s Mix and ask them to please get it on the shelf. I prefer compost without antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. None of the 9 stores near Fresno have it available. As it is, I just load 8 or 10 bags into the trunk each time I go. After much experimentation, Bartholomew concluded that his formulation of 1/3 peat moss or coconut coir, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 blended compost yielded superior results in only a 6 inches (15 cm) depth. Of course, when you said a lot of soil, I was thinking you might have 10 4’x4′ boxes in some sort of combination, such as a couple of 4’x12′ boxes and even a few 3’x3’s for children. Try again the next day and hope it works then. 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. Goodbye”. . Please do not buy any bags from them (especially the Lady Bug company, which is a dishonest product) and complain to the store they are carrying an illegal products. I think you need to fight to have it available everywhere! ft. Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix Space boxes 3` apart to form walking aisles. So disappointed! It is listed on the Internet Catalog and we have been told that you can order it online and it will be shipped to your local store. They CANNOT order it at the store as the SKU number isn’t in the local system. Otherwise, I guess you’ll need to mix your own for now. Add a plywood bottom (if you’re using a plywood bottom, you don’t need weed fabric) and always drill for drainage. Perfect for any of your garden soil needs. I guess I will just have to try to assemble the different components on my own. Item # 383743 Dear Amanda, Fill the Raised Garden Bed. Garden Time 32-Quart Potting Soil Nice. My brother recommended that we buy Mel’s Mix rather than trek all over town trying to find each of the recommended ingredients for the soil. And since it is only a 1/2 foot deep (6 inches) that would equal 8 cubic feet. To be clear: the author (Mel Bartholomew) does not have a proprietary soil and you can buy the components without putting a dollar in his pocket but he is very passionate about the effort and testing he has done that there is only one combination of things that will work best in these gardens. I have exceptionally good news for you. I was so excited to find Mel’s Mix online but when I called HD’s customer service I was told they could only ship to my home. Have you read any of them? Home Depot sells 1.5 cu ft for $8.97 (63% more). Thank you Mel!! I am a Store Manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement. Same price as Home Depot. It […]. A MUST! We can keep the soil healthy with less disturbance (digging/tilling) and no compaction from walking on it. Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. If it’s not several pallets, and there are 50 bags in a pallet, I think it would be too expensive to ship. So to make a short answer to all your concerns and questions, the answer to your suggestions…is YES. Do you have any other options for ordering? The local Las Vegas LOWES stores has Mel’s mix on sale at just over $4.00. How much can you order for your customers? Belinda was trained under Mel Bartholomew (Mr. Square Foot Gardening, himself), teaches square foot gardening classes in Utah, and trains anyone who wants to become Square Foot Gardening certified! The size of a box is usually 4 ft by 4 ft, which equals 16 square feet. Then it wouldn’t cost you anything but a trip to the store. The next step will be what and when to plant. So a letter from you to Home Depot or just a call to their operator would mean more to them and would be better to produce results. Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?. I’ve already picked out some fall crops to plant late summer: turnips, parsnips, acorn squash, cauliflower. Tell me what the advantages are said to be. What happened to the $55? $8.98 a bag. Mel: We made 3 4’x8′ boxes and 2 4’x4′. So are you trying to fill a 4×4 size box? Put that product number in the search and you can order your 64 bags from Home Depot and believe or not the shipping will only be $55.00 (which is .86 per bag – isn’t that amazing). So is it possible you might want to have extra bags for a larger garden or more boxes or can you get a neighbor to go in with you and combine orders and together you’ll still only pay the first $55 (it needs to be shipped to the same address still) there must be someone in your neighborhood who would like to start a SFG and then you could split the cost of the $55 shipping fee. We have also started composting so once we have a finished batched we will add that to the plants. We don’t think Home Depot will carry it in Canada and we’re trying to find a Canadian company that will mix and bag for Canadian stores. I will get the original book, as I have only read the new one. The 4×4 box will take 8 cubic feet of Mel’s Mix. Thanks! That’s called supply and demand, but we’ve got to furnish proof of the demand and then it will work. Call 1-800-430-3376. Boxes are built and time for soil. 3. Gro-Well Guarantee on Mel’s Mix (incl the HD Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix #11760): All Gro-Well Products are guaranteed. ft. bags! You are merely looking for material that will keep the sun from baking the surface and still allow air to breathe down to the soil and roots. Square Foot Gardening Crossword Here’s what others have accomplished. They cannot help me. Other people in the product business have told me they worked for 3-5 years before they could get their product in, and even then they had to promise their first born and their second wife. Mel Bartholomew March 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm - You make a good point about calling it a potting soil mix. So please do the following All I can advise is as mentioned on my blog, treat it just like the weather…wait until tomorrow and it might be a sunny day and then you can go to the beach. I was ready to order a lot of Mel’s Mix. Conserve seeds. It was Mel’s vision to end world hunger by “Teaching a man how to fish” instead of giving him fish. (Where roots and shade won’t interfere. If those ingredients come from different manufacturers, in different sizes of bags…with different ingredients, it will just have to be that way until we can get Mel’s Mix in every nursery and big box store in the country. Customer demands produce results. I wish Home Depot had the other part of the plant so that it would be shipped to their local store or the store would carry it. The Square Foot Gardening principle is pretty simple. Can you sell that much? That would be the ideal solution. He hosted a PBS TV show for five years, and then was telecast for three more years on the Learning Channel and Discovery Network. Each big box store wants their bags of Mel’s Mix to be a different size and use a different name, so mention not only Mel’s Mix, but Square Foot Gardening potting soil. Let your Fingers do the Walking”. Mel was the author of THE best-selling gardening book of all time and host of a very popular PBS series—both called "Square Foot Gardening". I can, of course, have it shipped to my home for more than double the retail price!!! ), Have it as close as possible to the house. Do you have your boxes, and grids and ground weed fabric all ready?? ft., 44.8831 quarts is 1.5 cu. Just like as if you had your garden in a big flower pot. So much fun! 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. Goodbye”. Here’s the link to our latest notice, and I hope this works for you. What did the people at the nursery where you bought the Happy Frog mix say about that mix? It’s the only way we’re going to get it out there. MEL BARTHOLOMEW is the originator and inventor of the Square Foot Gardening™ method. Great letter and so filled with information! This mix eliminated the need for artificial fertilizer as compost is added each time you re … ), Area must not puddle after a heavy rain. Even our supplier cannot control the matter either. Mel Bartholomew was the founder and inventor of the Square Foot Gardening method and the author of All New Square Foot Gardening, the best-selling gardening book in America for a generation.The guide has sold 2.5 million copies since Bartholomew wrote the book in 1981. Let me know how many bags you’re getting and how big your garden is. Thanks! Build your box. What is the difference between the 1.5 cubic ft and the 2 square feet size?? 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