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. 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’t justify spending so much for shipping, that’s insane. Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. Space boxes 3` apart to form walking aisles. 4. A couple of notes: Shipping was over $600, which he would reduce as a “courtesy” to $450! Thank you for your letter and sorry for that first unsatisfactory experience, but try again, lets see if we can’t make it work! Apparently, different manufacturers in different parts of the garden industry use different names for … Hopefully they will start carrying it in the store. But our flower pot is square and much bigger, but about the same depth (6 inches) and it is filled with the perfect soil. So bless you for persevering and starting your SFG. Mel. Wanted to order 32 bags of Mel’s Mix and have it delivered to our Community Garden in Chillicothe, Ohio. As you can probably guess each big box store or chain wants a product to look like it is their special product. I’m sorry to hear your story. Thanks again for your assistance So that is how we teach Square Metre Gardening in 3rd world countries. We would love to have it in Canada, but I’m afraid not yet. Either way, lets get you some pallets of Mel’s Mix. 1.5 cu. Thank you Mel!! Do not try to order on the internet, you cannot negotiate with a computer. Or you can make your own, one would be dried grass clippings. Then they decide we won’t carry it in every store, but just some stores. If it doesn’t have vermiculite, then add some if you can find it. Super rewarding. 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. Goodbye”. Thanks for your letter. It doesn't always have to be the same. He hosted a PBS TV show for five years, and then was telecast for three more years on the Learning Channel and Discovery Network. Link: http://www.homedepot.com/p/203272590, Lowe’s BUT if you do this, there is a better chance of getting a much better shipping deal. 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. 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. How many? You don’t grow in your existing soil, you don’t need it, and you don’t want it. It doesn't always have to be the same. As a matter of interest, just to show you how confusing products can be, I used to tell people how many cubic feet of compost they need and the next year, all of the compost manufacturers started listing not how many cubic feet were in thier bag, but how many pounds it weighed. (For convenience, and protection. The components of Mel's Mix (which is 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost) are readily available at your local garden center. That just doesn’t seem right but shipping is so expensive these days. Do you have your boxes, and grids and ground weed fabric all ready?? Should we adjust the recipe for our area? So disappointed! In the past, Home Depot has changed the shipping from $55 maximum, then to $150 maximum, then to no longer available. ft. bag and it’s named Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix. If you’d like a book, we have several available on our website. We have done SFG in a box, in the winter, indoors…but we hung florescent lights above the box. The more people who ask for it both the big box stores and the private nurseries, the sooner they will carry it. careful not to over water – this special soil holds water like a sponge. His revolutionary system is simple: it's an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. 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. But it hasn’t turned out to be that way. '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.' Grow Your Own 'an inspirational guide to making the most of a compact space.' My next step will be talking to the local store to recommend that they stock it. Ingredients: 30-40% compost, +Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Coir,+ Vermiculite, & Bone Meal, Blood Meal, Kelp Meal, Cottonseed Meal, Alfalfa Meal, and Worm Castings. Many people have written to tell us it was actually cheaper to buy the all mixed bags rather than finding all the different ingredients separately. The guide has sold 2.5 million copies since Bartholomew wrote the book in 1981. But we are not sure if we still add vermiculite, peat moss and compost. 25 boxes of Mel’s Mix later we are ready to get started! Buy that and follow my book. You should then order 6 bags of Mel’s Mix. Is it a complete mix or is just composed of different types of compost? 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. It’s astounding that so many big, diverse plants can grow from only 6″ of soil! In the past, Home Depot has changed the shipping from $55 maximum, then to $150 maximum, then to no longer available. 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. What did the people at the nursery where you bought the Happy Frog mix say about that mix? One of the big advantages of having them make their own compost is of course it cleans up the neighborhood. Would we add less than the 1/3 mentioned in the book since it already has some perlite in it? The bags that Lowes are 2.0 cubic feet (not 3.0 cubic feet) and I’m not sure of their selling price. 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. Thanks again for writing. It is the same ingredients and formula as the Home Depot bags it’s just a different cover on the bag. Mel's mix is nutritionally balanced, holds moisture well, and contains no weed seed. I sure wish we could get Home Depot to settle on a reasonable shipping rate. 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. Thank you for the reply. The video from 2010 shows 3 cu ft for $10.97 at Lowes. I certainly agree with your feelings and we tried so hard to get Home Depot to either stock it in every store or at least ship it to your local store, so there would be no shipping charge. ), Area must not puddle after a heavy rain. I think you need to fight to have it available everywhere! 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. 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. Dear Tom, Others have done it. Try again the next day and hope it works then. After several days, if it doesn’t change back to $55, then I have to assume they are going to keep it at $150. Let’s get Colorado as one of the states stocking this mix. Please do. 3. I’m sure if you mean using containers in place of a square box. 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. Item # 383743 Would love to see pictures of it, even if its under construction. I’ve just tried to place an order for 32 bags of Mel’s Mix from Home Depot online. I hope that gives you the go ahead to get started. We really have nothing to do with the situation. I’m wondering if you’ve gotten an answer from the Gro-Well company. The other thing I would recommend is that you add a top dressing of some type of mulch. You might also tell them it’s a good product and why can’t they just put in every store. Thanks again! 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 can understand you don’t want to order from Home Depot and sell from Lowes. Assuming it is the same product but different sizes, you are paying 40% more at Lowe’s. Hope that helps you and you are able to find Mel’s Mix. Everything is decided by Home Depot. Will keep your question on file and if we ever get there, I’ll let you know ahead of time. The answer is no, I can’t tell you why. Call 1-800-430-3376. Had to pay $55 shipping. They have monopoly on your mix right now, so it looks like they feel they can charge whatever they want. Thank you for your letters. Here’s what others have accomplished. lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated. Mel Bartholomew, author of the book Square Foot Gardening, thought not. Let me know how many bags you’re getting and how big your garden is. For filling your new boxes, Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Gardening … 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. You can do it. So bummed… the ship to store option will not work in my area. 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. Their price tag shows 3 cu ft for $10.97 in the video but the bags seem to say 2 cu ft. Can’t tell because of quality. So do some phoning and see what you can do for us. A MUST! Each of my 3 teenagers is going to be in charge of a 4×4 area that will be their own. However, we have had many people mix their own by buying all of the ingredients separately. Don’t call your local store, there is nothing they can do for you. ft. Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix I’ve bought more than I care to disclose . they seemed to have settled now on $150 maximum and they have been a little upset at my office or me calling to ask them to settle on one reasonable number and leave it alone. 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. We actually have nothing to do with it. 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. So I hope you will call them a couple of times, talking with different operators, and as a potential buyer of this product, you want them to put a customer comment in that the shipping is too high and keeps changing. Call 1-800-430-3376. This is PEOPLE POWER. It is not available in store until you order it online. As it is, I just load 8 or 10 bags into the trunk each time I go. As far as the price and size, this is where they do differ. Many of the Lowes stores carry Mel’s Mix (http://www.lowes.com/pd_383743-78212-GT+11730_0__?productId=3709126&Ntt=garden+time&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dgarden%2Btime&facetInfo=), so it’s a matter of calling them and making sure you give the correct title (Garden Time company, Square Foot Gardening Potting Soil Mix, Item #: 383743, Model #: GT 11730, 32 qt – which equals 1.3 cu. Tell me what the advantages are said to be. Because when they try to order online, you can’t negotiate with a computer. Or look in the phone book and call your local nurseries and garden centers. open to new beginnings. Installed a 4-station sprinkler system…and I am rolling! I was all ready to order but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Thanks! If you use bagged, then a mix of several different types is best. I may have been wrong on Lowes price. I’m truly sorry for the situation. Have you ever tried to partner with us to sell your product? Send me some pictures, so I can share them with others. Though if its really only 2 cu ft than its only a 9% price increase since 2010, a little more believable. I just know you’re going to want several more boxes, but don’t go too fast. We were greatly upset when they stopped using the maximum $55 shipping charge for any number of bags. I have been taking photos and will gladly share them – I’ll look around your site to see how to do that. 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 just get too confused with all the other things and math and all that…. I was pleased to hear of your location because I don’t know if you know it or not, but I invented Square Foot Gardening right on Long Island, out on the North Shore, between Stoneybrook and Port Jeffereson. Rosemary. Here are the details at Lowes: In fact there’s a drawing in the original book on page 253. Meliss, […] we loaded the dirt into each box. All rights reserved. Let your Fingers do the Walking”. since we don’t have a Home Depot anywhere near us). The last I heard, we agreed on a special bag with a special size and design just for Lowes. Now that you’ve learned all about this new gardening method called Square Foot Gardening, I’m now going to show you the details of “how to.” Remember from the first article, we are  merely building a box, laying it on top of our soil or it could be put on a patio or deck if it has a bottom, filling it with a special soil mix, called Mel’s  potting soil Mix , laying down a 12 inch by 12 inch grid, to divide the box into 16 square feet. Mainly because a 3.5 cu ft bag of coarse Vermiculite is $49.99. Get Square Foot Gardening Soil on Amazon with Free Shipping* Mel’s Mix is available on Amazon in 2 cu. 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