You want to keep the surface from baking and drying out. ), Have it as close as possible to the house. That is crazy. We were greatly upset when they stopped using the maximum $55 shipping charge for any number of bags. Or look in the phone book and call your local nurseries and garden centers. That’s another good point to think about. Dear Amanda, I’m not sure what your question is, but you certainly pointed out 2 excellent samples of what it takes to get started. EcoScraps Garden Soil Mix: fruits & veggies Square Foot Gardening Crossword 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. Water by hand from a sun-warmed bucket of water. Keep trying and Good Luck! Here is a link to that good news: http://www.melbartholomew.com/order-mels-mix-now/. 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. If you call and a man answers, hang up and call again until you get a lady. Tell your distributor they really need to fix the situation. I sure wish we could get Home Depot to settle on a reasonable shipping rate. The local Las Vegas LOWES stores has Mel’s mix on sale at just over $4.00. The only thing I have can find is in this video around 2:34: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lo6209qgJ0 25 boxes of Mel’s Mix later we are ready to get started! . If your just talking about windowsill gardening with pots, this probably would not be practical. One of the big advantages of having them make their own compost is of course it cleans up the neighborhood. I can understand you don’t want to order from Home Depot and sell from Lowes. Build bottomless boxes to hold new soil mix. 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. The 2 square feet, I’m not sure what you mean. Model # NW 11760 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. But considering our nearest Home Depot is over 60 miles away we would have paid about 24 dollars for gas to get there and back. If so how do you reduce it, Thanks! So Thank You Home Depot for that. I tried looking elsewhere online but couldn’t find anything. Hopefully they will start carrying it in the store. Happy Frog: Earthworm Castings and Bat Guano = Mel’s Mix. I sure wish we could get Home Depot to settle on a reasonable shipping rate. They cannot order it- the counter guy was great- he called Home Depot- they said I would have to pay the shipping. Closest store was in New Mexico, over 400 miles away. As a reminder, sales from our website support all of our educational and humanitarian projects. By focusing on planting, spacing, weed control and soil, Mel pioneered this new method of gardening into “Square Foot Gardening”. Do you know if it contains sheep manure which is something my wife would like to avoid? Thanks for your letter. I was thinking to add some vermiculite to the mix since it only uses perlite. The originator of the system, Mel Bartholomew, has now died but his genial presence fills the book. What happened to the $55? ... Start with a 4-by-4-foot raised box filled with the perfect soil and assigned a … If you’d like a book, we have several available on our website. All rights reserved. I increased mine to 50% compost (1/4 verm and 1/4 peat moss) and had superb results, the first time in years that I have successfully grown food. So do some phoning and see what you can do for us. Home Depot is working on the confusion and trying to get a plan that works for everyone. Ordering coarse vermiculite from http://www.greenhousemegastore.com at 24.00 for 4.0cf. It was invented by backyard gardener and engineer Mel Bartholomew. Remember that the vermiculite and peat moss allow the soil to not only breathe which the roots need but also hold a lot of water and especially the vermiculite does a great job of that. The most important ingredient will be the blended compost from at least 5 different sources. 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. Im curious also to know what the bag looks like, and any background or history about why they are carrying it. Everything is decided by Home Depot. I hope that idea works for you and you can get your garden started. 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. When you do find Mel’s Mix, the bag will tell you how many cubic feet it has. I don’t wish to deter people from using your mix when there is most likely nothing wrong with the ingredients and we are being overly concerned. 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 … ft., 44.8831 quarts is 1.5 cu. When you finish harvesting a square foot, add compost and replant it with a new and different crop. 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. 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. Do not mention my name or the SFG Foundation’s name, just say you are a customer that wants to order so many bags of this product number,#11760, and what is the best shipping deal you can give me? So I’ve got to leave it up to each of you. Customer demands produce results. Goodbye”. 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. And the whole system is really so simple and easy most people end up saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here are the 10 basics of Square Foot Gardening. 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 built FOUR raised beds and put them on top of cinder blocks to give me depth for planting ANYTHING I want to plant AND to avoid the desert soil (clay). Thank you for the information about obtaining Mel’s Mix at Lowes in your area. I will get the original book, as I have only read the new one. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that? Everything is decided by Home Depot. I found a different bag. So please do not call them to try and get them to change the shipping. See if you can answer all of those questions and then that should lead you in the direction to get ready to fill your boxes. It doesn't always have to be the same. Thank you. I sent a copy of your response immediately the same day I recieved it and if they haven’t gotten back to you, I’m a little embarrassed, but we’ll follow it up again. so it is worth trying again, and again if necessary. Thanks! Actually, you can order any number of bags and the total shipping is only $55. Do not mention my name or the SFG Foundation’s name, just say you are a customer that wants to order so many bags of this product number,#11760, and what is the best shipping deal you can give me? First of all, about the Mel’s Mix: when the manufacturer goes to the different big box stores, they all want a different bag so they have something that is more individual. And I hope everyone else will. One of my tomato plants is just shy of 5 feet tall with many branches and at least 40 cherry tomatoes, still green, and multiplying daily it seems. Of course the problem is going to be shipping cost. Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. 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. We were hoping that we could have your mix be delivered directly to our Home Depot but unfortuntely they do not deliver to our store at this time. Is the &55fee no longer available? 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. 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? The initial cost per bag is quite reasonable: $7.95 for 1.5 cubic feet and shipping per bag goes down as you order more to the same address. 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. Take a few pictures as the plants grow and let’s see if we can notice a difference. Hope that helps you and you are able to find Mel’s Mix. If you call and a man answers, hang up and call again until you get a lady. Ingredients: 30-40% compost, +Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Coir,+ Vermiculite, & Bone Meal, Blood Meal, Kelp Meal, Cottonseed Meal, Alfalfa Meal, and Worm Castings. 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. He then tried to order it online and ship it to the store. You cannot have it shipped to your local store at this present time. If you box is smaller or different than that, just write me back and I’ll help you with that size. We ordered 68 bags and it should be here in a few days. Thank you for all your wonderful tips. And since it is only a 1/2 foot deep (6 inches) that would equal 8 cubic feet. I have not found it for $4 here in Vegas. Home Depot sells 1.5 cu ft for $8.97 (63% more). Sometimes that’s a little more expensive than we plan. What is the difference between the 1.5 cubic ft and the 2 square feet size?? '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.' Apparently, different manufacturers in different parts of the garden industry use different names for the same thing. The more people that call Home Depot and Lowe’s the more likely those stores will stock Mel’s Mix on their shelves. 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. But it has to be overhead light…natural from a sky light or artificial lights plugged in above the plants. I was all ready to order but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The size of a box is usually 4 ft by 4 ft, which equals 16 square feet. Square foot gardening is a simple method of creating small, orderly, and productive kitchen vegetable gardens. These are 1.5 cubic ft. bags so for a 4’x4′ box, you would need 8 cubic ft., or 6 bags, with a little leftover. Now a 100% compost mix will be stronger in nutrients obviously, but does not hold or drain water as well. All best, Meliss, […] we loaded the dirt into each box. I’ll use it for demonstrations. 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. 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. Then we are going to plant a different crop in each of the square feet. Keep trying and Good Luck! 3. Fill the Raised Garden Bed. (1) Store pickup is available from Home Depot from select east coast stores, while for Lowe’s I found them on the west coast. how many bags do i need to get for a normal size square foot garden? Thanks for your letter. Home Depot So please do not call them to try and get them to change the shipping. Try again the next day and hope it works then. My italian rose bean plants are only a foot tall but already have ~10 big bean pods each. Compost is the most important (and probably cheapest) component, which you can blend on your own and have more than 5. But we are not sure if we still add vermiculite, peat moss and compost. And what is your experience with gardening?? If you are on a budget and want to save money, increase compost component to up to 100%. Because when they try to order online, you can’t negotiate with a computer. 6. Actually it all happened last night and today. As far as the watering and contents of peat moss – peat moss has a tendency to stay dry and needs a good soaking to first get it wet. So if we bought 6 bags times 1.5 would equal 9 cubic feet. Obviously I know it will contain peat moss, vermiculite, and compost but I would like to know what makes up the compost. I am going to contact my local LOWE’S and see if they can get your soil in stock. Thank you again for you letter and I hope we can get you some speedy replies. My first two 3×4′ boxes are going beautifully and I’m plotting where I can put more! This will encourage others who have doubts or concerns to get started with their SFG. What did the people at the nursery where you bought the Happy Frog mix say about that mix? 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. As you can probably guess each big box store or chain wants a product to look like it is their special product. It would be even more valuable if you could help someone else get started with you and help them understand the system. Link: http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&productId=3709126. Thank you. The next step will be what and when to plant. If it’s too much, say “Tell your boss that’s way too much and I have to cancel my order. Your situation applies to so many people in the world and when you don’t feel good, why even get up you think. 6. None of the 9 stores near Fresno have it available. Here is a link to a local store website in San Diego: http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203272590?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=vermiculite&storeId=10051&N=5yc1v&R=203272590. Don’t call your local store, there is nothing they can do for you. ), Area must not puddle after a heavy rain. The shipping fee listed is $150, not $55. Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. I think you need to fight to have it available everywhere! Heres the situation on the online ordering from Home Depot. Even our supplier cannot control the matter either. 2) New Direction - Locate your garden "on top" of existing soil. Unless you can use perhaps 10 pallets. 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.”. 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. Best of all, you can even "buy" the different types of compost needed. Well let’s see if we can help you out. Water at the base of the plant. Let me know how many bags you’re getting and how big your garden is. We can keep the soil healthy with less disturbance (digging/tilling) and no compaction from walking on it. I’m afraid I can’t suggest anything. Our order was 3/4 of her delivery that day. Show those neighbors something new. And how can I get some? Keep trying and Good Luck! So right now, as of this date, you can order Mel’s Mix anywhere in the continental USA and have it shipped to your house. To counter that you could add some extra vermiculite to the Mel’s Mix or make sure you keep your beds moist at all times. They CANNOT order it at the store as the SKU number isn’t in the local system. Thanks, With your 50 bags that’s only a $1.10 per shipping and that’s not bad at all. You make a good point about calling it a potting soil mix. 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. Call 1-800-430-3376. It is at LOWES here in Las Vegas and I found it listed in Valencia, CA. The local stores all can’t order it in for some reason. If you call and a man answers, hang up and call again until you get a lady. Thank you for your letter and sorry for that first unsatisfactory experience, but try again, lets see if we can’t make it work! They are ready in only 4 weeks and so delicious, I want enough for daily salads! open to new beginnings. Hi Mel, Thank you for your reply! Just like as if you had your garden in a big flower pot. It […]. Otherwise, I guess you’ll need to mix your own for now. Concerning the rock dust, I would not bother but many do recommend it as an additive. 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. 1. 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. My local Home Depot doesn’t carry it in their store unfortunately. Mel: We made 3 4’x8′ boxes and 2 4’x4′. I’ll give you the answer for those two sizes, but it’s also listed on page 100 of the ALL NEW SFG book. That’s called supply and demand, but we’ve got to furnish proof of the demand and then it will work. Since there are connections to Mad Cow with sheep and bone meal, its something we would like to avoid in our garden, whether the concerns are legitimate or not. Or are you building your own boxes?? You’ve got the perfect solution and at the price is right! ft. Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix We are excited to try square foot gardening. Thank you for the reply. I’m sorry to hear your story. Call 1-800-430-3376. 1/3 of a 5 compost blend In the past, Home Depot has changed the shipping from $55 maximum, then to $150 maximum, then to no longer available. As it is, I just load 8 or 10 bags into the trunk each time I go. 2. 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. P.S. :\. 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. My next step will be talking to the local store to recommend that they stock it. I can, of course, have it shipped to my home for more than double the retail price!!! 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. You could order a whole pallet of 50 bags for $55 dollars. I am finding that your mix from Home Depot is cheaper than making it ourselves from the local nursery for 96 cu ft. Even our supplier cannot control the matter either. 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. 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. 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. Mel. I have exceptionally good news for you. Garden Time 1.3 cu ft Phalaenopsis Mix Soil Due to financial reasons we can not ship directly to our house so we bought Happy Frog organic potting soil. But our flower pot is square and much bigger, but about the same depth (6 inches) and it is filled with the perfect soil. Went to the local Home Depot. Super rewarding. One last guess on my part, vermiculite is the most expensive ingredient and I’ll bet that is not in the Happy Frog mix…so that would be a addition add too. Grow Your Own 'an inspirational guide to making the most of a compact space.' I did buy more pre-made Mel’s Mix so I can plant more baby salad greens mix in whatever small containers I can scrounge up. All the best. I’m always curious about those things. But our flower pot is square and much bigger, but about the same depth (6 inches) and it is filled with the perfect soil. Harvest continually and when a crop in one square is gone, add some new compost and plant a new different crop in that square. 5. The 4×4 box will take 8 cubic feet of Mel’s Mix. Apparently, different manufacturers in different parts of the garden industry use different names for … Mel. 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. All the other letters we’re getting is lamenting the fact that their local Lowes does not carry or stock Mel’s Mix. This is the original SFG book shown in our catalog as the 2005 Original SFG book. But as I mentioned 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 out of the catalog. Remember to start small the first time. Please feel free to respond by email and not post this. Don’t call your local store, there is nothing they can do for you. Try again and see if you can order however many number of bags you want. But if it is from Home Depot or Lowes, it should be an official product. Schools across the nation and international humanitarian groups around the world are using the Square Foot Gardening method making inroads against poverty and hunger. Warm water helps the soil stay warm. The answer… to have a Square Foot Garden, to nurture, harvest, and enjoy. We have done SFG in a box, in the winter, indoors…but we hung florescent lights above the box. Which book do you have? Boy are you lucky. This mix eliminated the need for artificial fertilizer as compost is added each time you re … Space boxes 3` apart to form walking aisles. Don’t call your local store, there is nothing they can do for you. Hope all goes well for you. (We own about 6 acres, but it is all hills and what is flat either has a building on it or is clear on the other side of the property. A couple of notes: A MUST! You cannot have it shipped to your local store at this present time. So bummed… the ship to store option will not work in my area. 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. In square foot gardening, we have to make the most of what little space we have. I have read in forums that dryer climates with high winds don’t work with soils with that much peat moss. Thanks again for writing. They have each planned out their gardens and can’t wait to get started planting. We have no control over what they are doing and I’m sorry it has changed and been a concern to everyone, but we have to live with whatever they post that day as the shipping cost. 2. 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. With Mel on it. Try again the next day and hope it works then. If you aren’t completely satisfied with this quality product, Gro-Well will gladly refund the purchase price. They have monopoly on your mix right now, so it looks like they feel they can charge whatever they want. It even explains in detail how to shop if you find some ingredients in different size bags. Dear Joyce, Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. I ordered 10 bags from Home Depot online after chatting online with a HD rep. and she had it shipped for only $50. Then back to max of $55. I was ready to order a lot of Mel’s Mix. Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. This option seemed the best especially considering we got a late start with planning everything. Goodbye”. 3. 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. 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. If it doesn’t have vermiculite, then add some if you can find it. You should then order 6 bags of Mel’s Mix. Each of my 3 teenagers is going to be in charge of a 4×4 area that will be their own. That won’t last long so I would order pretty quick. Save time and effort with pre-mixed Call 1-800-430-3376. They all will stock it if there are enough requests. I just know you’re going to want several more boxes, but don’t go too fast. I understand, after enquiring with Home Depot that they can order any number of boxes and still only pay $55. Shipping was $60, but since I called, they did give me a discount. 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). Should we adjust the recipe for our area? Tell me the exact title cause there are several now over the years, or describe the photo on the cover. Rosemary. Try again the next day and hope it works then. I hope that gives you the go ahead to get started. They seemed to have settled now on $150 maximum and they have been a little upset at the number of calls. It makes the $150 sound good. 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. Read the Book, 2. 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