I’m a first time gardener and I’m glad I found this in lieu of mixing mine own. Plant only a pinch (2 or 3 seeds) per hole. You bring up some very good subjects and I thought I had covered all of those different questions and situations in all of my books. How many bags? Hi Mel. 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". Without even calculating their time and travel expenses from going here to there and then the mixing process…they have always concluded that I wish I just bought the Mel’s Mix bags. Plant a different flower, vegetable, or herb crop in each square foot; using 1, 4, 9, or 16 plants per square foot. My next step will be talking to the local store to recommend that they stock it. I filled the beds with 2-4″ of rock (for drainage) and almost to the top with this soil. Googled…bought your e-book and consumed it in 2 days and started ordering plants and seeds. Thank you Mel!! All the other letters we’re getting is lamenting the fact that their local Lowes does not carry or stock Mel’s Mix. Would it be asking too much to have you email me a picture of the front and back of the bag and next time you are there talk to the garden department manager and ask them how long they’ve had it and why it is on sale? But as I mentioned on my blog previously, I got in trouble trying to reason with them and we were told if Mel or anyone from the SFG Foundation calls again, they will take the product right out of the catalog. The other thing I would recommend is that you add a top dressing of some type of mulch. Basically, you can now order either over the internet or by a telephone number and if your local Home Depot does not have Mel’s Mix in stock, they will ship it directly to your house. I am trying to buy at Home Depot online and for order of 20 bags it is showing me a shipping cost of $150! 6. When you do find Mel’s Mix, the bag will tell you how many cubic feet it has. It certainly, in one sense, is a soilless mix, as defined by most people, and yet all three ingredients are organic and from the earth. Thank you. So I’ve got to leave it up to each of you. In the past, Home Depot has changed the shipping from $55 maximum, then to $150 maximum, then to no longer available. UPS came by on Friday and it felt like Xmas in May. Mel, I so appreciate your generous spirit, expertise and creativity! If you call and a man answers, hang up and call again until you get a lady. 6. Build your box. 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. Thank you. What is the difference between the 1.5 cubic ft and the 2 square feet size?? So they require different colors, sizes and descriptive bags. Or will that defeat the purpose of the things I grow seeking water in the ground? Copyright © 2011 - Boulevard. Or better yet, another store to put it in..like Lowes. Should we adjust the recipe for our area? any suggestions on how NOT to get gouged by shipping? That won’t last long so I would order pretty quick. I guess my first question is did you read the book? Im curious also to know what the bag looks like, and any background or history about why they are carrying it. Tell your distributor they really need to fix the situation. Thank you for the reply. Follow all the directions in the book. Just like as if you had your garden in a big flower pot. Thanks, Show those neighbors something new. I’m afraid I can’t suggest anything. Long Live Square Foot Gardening! 3. Here’s what I would like you to do for me. So please do so, it will be worth your time. The only thing I have can find is in this video around 2:34: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lo6209qgJ0 Thanks! Can you send me some pictures of your garden, even during construction, and early growth? I can’t imagine why they’re selling it at half price. All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. They will actually do that if enough of us call and ask for it. If you call and a man answers, hang up and call again until you get a lady. I’ll use it for demonstrations. 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. Obviously I know it will contain peat moss, vermiculite, and compost but I would like to know what makes up the compost. At first, the shipping seemed kind of high, but depending on how many bags you want, it would never get over $55 for even 50 bags, or 100. Sounds like we will need to make our own mix which is unfortunate because it would have been a lot easier to use yours. Dear Cheryl, Gro-Well Guarantee on Mel’s Mix (incl the HD Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix #11760): All Gro-Well Products are guaranteed. Then back to max of $55. In fact there’s a drawing in the original book on page 253. Try not to get the leaves wet. I’ve had people tell me they’ve decided to save money and buy all thier own ingredients, but they found out it wasn’t that easy, because they had to go to three different places and then do all the mixing and when it was over, they looked at each other and said, “Next time we will buy Mel’s Mix, all mixed already and bagged.”. We would love advice because we are so very confused but excited to start this. Here’s what we recommend for anyone who wants Mel’s Mix shipped to their front door. In fact what you are suggesting is exactly what we do in 3rd world countries. Created for use in Square Foot Gardens or any raised garden bed. Water by hand from a bucket of sun-warmed water. Went to the local Home Depot. What do you consider a lot? 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. Compost is the most important (and probably cheapest) component, which you can blend on your own and have more than 5. Also I am curious why the mix is so much more. Mel. Mel: see my response in prior comment made a few minutes ago. Get Square Foot Gardening Soil on Amazon with Free Shipping* Mel’s Mix is available on Amazon in 2 cu. You were lucky! His revolutionary system is simple: it's an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. They CANNOT order it at the store as the SKU number isn’t in the local system. Not sure what that’s about. This is the original SFG book shown in our catalog as the 2005 Original SFG book. I will update you here once I find out an answer. The simplest, easiest solution to starting your garden is buy Mel’s Mix already bagged at your local nursery. Happy Frog: Earthworm Castings and Bat Guano So in summary, whatever you spent for Mel’s Mix, for all of your boxes, divide that by 10, and that’s what it costs every year and with no work, no digging, no kidding. That would be a nice, absolute test of whether it has any advantage. 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. He hosted a PBS TV show for five years, and then was telecast for three more years on the Learning Channel and Discovery Network. The whole process was very easy and I would recommend it to anyone who is having problems purchasing online. Which book do you have? Try again the next day and hope it works then. Even our supplier cannot control the situation. Goodbye”. Mel, I just tried to order 30 bags at the home depot (online) and the shipping charge was $150… (21044 zip code). OK is that a promise? 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). Thanks again for your very informative letter and all of the information you have collected. (For convenience, and protection. Copyright © 2011 - Boulevard. 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. Tell me the exact title cause there are several now over the years, or describe the photo on the cover. I sure wish we could get Home Depot to settle on a reasonable shipping rate. P.S. Mel Bartholomew 1931 – 2016 The founding father of Square Foot Gardening, also known as SFG, Mel Bartholomew died on 4/28/16 at the age of 85. Hope all goes well for you. It wasn’t listed on their website, but they had quite a bit in stock. What did the people at the nursery where you bought the Happy Frog mix say about that mix? Thank you so much for the advice and getting back to us so quickly. You might also tell them it’s a good product and why can’t they just put in every store. BUT if you do this, there is a better chance of getting a much better shipping deal. Calling it Potting soil is a bit contradicting since Mels Mix is a soiless mix I’m on Long Island NY and the closest Home Depot’s that carry it are in Queens and Brooklyn. Can you sell that much? I’m glad you were able to order from Home Depot through the internet and yes, it is nice to have it delivered right to your door. I have read in forums that dryer climates with high winds don’t work with soils with that much peat moss. Unless you can use perhaps 10 pallets. I have 12″ of planting space! Or when you add plywood bottom to your 3×3 or 4×4, you can move it about depending on the season, situations, and you can even put in the van and take it on vacation with you. It doesn't always have to be the same. 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. Thanks! I can’t believe how much I’m growing now! Totally excited to garden 100% the square foot way. 18-20 bags for each garden, but I now have no fear of planting and loose soil…and no weeds and do not plan to use fertilizer. Or look in the phone book and call your local nurseries and garden centers. Where will the boxes go? Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and Please find another distributer. Meliss, […] we loaded the dirt into each box. Each of my 3 teenagers is going to be in charge of a 4×4 area that will be their own. 1. So hopefully we can get over all these hurdles and get the Mel’s Mix out where the people need and want it. I ordered 10 bags from Home Depot online after chatting online with a HD rep. and she had it shipped for only $50. Make a square foot grid for the top of each box. 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. What a wonderful solution and I can imagine your joy in seeing that UPS truck drive up to your front door. 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. I’m wondering if you’ve gotten an answer from the Gro-Well company. I’m so glad you wrote me with your experience because we are constantly trying to get Mel’s Mix into the Big Box stores as well as into independent nurseries. I said hmm, what’s that! So what you did worked out very well and let’s put your experience in capital letters. Call 1-800-430-3376. Note: While we love this method of planting, we don't love Mel's soil mixture as we Here's Mel Bartholomew, the … Item # 383743 I will get the original book, as I have only read the new one. Would love to see pictures of it, even if its under construction. 5. You didn’t mention what the ingredients are in your Happy Frog Mix and did you buy enough to fill your boxes. Just for your private information, Home Depot is now offering Mel’s Mix not in thier stores, but online and they will ship it to you at a fairly reasonable price. Customer demands produce results. 4. I’m going to list the ingredients in the next paragraph for you along with the manufacturer Grow-Well guarantee. 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. As it is, I just load 8 or 10 bags into the trunk each time I go. Thank you for your letters. There is no option to ship to my store. I’m sure if you mean using containers in place of a square box. That just doesn’t seem right but shipping is so expensive these days. In stock, no ordering online. 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. Goodbye”. The originator of the system, Mel Bartholomew, has now died but his genial presence fills the book. 3. The more people who ask for it both the big box stores and the private nurseries, the sooner they will carry it. 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. For 6 bags the shipping fees were going to cost me about $55…more than my total purchase. Pick an area that gets 6-8 hours of sunshine daily. That drove us crazy. It makes the $150 sound good. I have a friend in California who ordered 175 bags and got them for $55 shipping. Don’t call your local store, there is nothing they can do for you. You can always add more later. Maybe then they would put it in every store. I was really hoping that my local nursery would have it but sadly they don’t. Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. It is possible Lowe’s carries them on the east coast as well, clearancing them each year at the end of the season to make room for other items. We have done SFG in a box, in the winter, indoors…but we hung florescent lights above the box. 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. I have a farm supply store(Ja-Hootie’s Country Farm Supply) in North ID 50 miles from nearest Home Depot. Boy are you lucky. ), Area must not puddle after a heavy rain. Went to a second local HD today- they say the ONLY way I can get it is by ordering it online. Call 1-800-430-3376. Great letter and so filled with information! Hi – I live in a place where there’s no way I can plant my garden in the ground or animals will get to it. Let me know how many bags you’re getting and how big your garden is. 1. Don’t call your local store, there is nothing they can do for you. :\. Home Depot The potting soil has earthworm castings, the bat guano, and the composted forest humus, perlite, peat moss, humic acid, oyster shell & dolomite lime. 'Mel Bartholomew's simple method of efficient veg growing in small spaces wasn't tailored to the UK climate ... until now ... showcasing an easy-to-follow method that's a sure-fire way of growing good veg.' The 4×4 box will take 8 cubic feet of Mel’s Mix. Thanks to your letter, I am going to do more investigations so we know exactly what bags, size, price, and visual look each store is selling of our basic formula Mel’s Mix. I want to get that SKU number, so I’m sending a copy of this letter to both David, the President and Rick, the Sales Representative, who will know all those answers and will get back in touch with you. Helps you and you ’ re absolutely right that the unit cost is more for advice. Is at Lowes in your mix right now, so it is only a $ 1.10 shipping. 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