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Post  fortop on Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:37 pm

I found Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot in Tucson for $12.97 per 2 cu. ft. bag today. Neither store had vermiculite, so I bought the premix (price would have been about the same if I mixed it myself.) I bought one bag and plan to use 5 gallon pails to start some bell peppers and tomatoes. The plants at both stores looked stressed to me (maybe under too much shade?), but some were starting to flower, so I am off to the local nurseries tomorrow.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  AliSmith13 on Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:46 am

Thanks for the heads up! I guess I didn't realize you could buy "Mel's Mix" already premixed and ready to go! Of course you wouldn't want to buy it that way for large beds, but for containers, that's great! I will definitely be doing that as I just happen to have some containers that need filled.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Mariko on Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:11 am

I did not know this - I might go pick up some tomorrow since I need more for my upside down tomato planter. It was really hard to find vermiculite in my area. So this is great. Thank you for the information.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Wyldflower on Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:52 am

I can't wait for the pre-mix "GardenTime Square Foot Garden Soil" to be available here in Colorado Springs! I'm mixing up another batch of MM today.

Ali and Mariko - you may want to call or check online whether it's available at your local HD or Lowes. It's a new product line, and it's slowly becoming more widely available.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  fortop on Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:53 am

Actually, if you price the materials separately on the Home Depot or Lowe's websites, the cost of mixing your own or buying the premix is about the same, and you don't have Mel's "special" organic fertilizer (like bat guano, etc.) So, my guess would be that buying a pallet of 2 cu. ft. bags of Mel's mix from an online wholesaler might actually be cheaper than buying individual bags of components - but I have no experience in these matters. At $12.97 per bag, mix for a 4' x 4' x 6" box would be 4 bags of 2 cu. ft. = $103.76 (+ tax in Tucson would be $113.20) - so this is an expensive hobby. Plus, I have my doubts about 6" deep of mix being enough to sustain crops, especially the deep root crops like carrots, etc.

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Post  extremesoccermom on Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:49 am

So far it is not in the St. Louis stores but I can't wait. I already have plans for more boxes next year. Although Hummert Industrial which is the only place I have been able to find Vermiculite told me they would have a "Mel's" mix ready for next year.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Weed 'em and Reap on Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:07 pm

This is AWESOME!!! I have been waiting for this day! It's not in any of the stores around me yet, but I am excited to know that some Lowe's are offering it, and it will probably show up in my store sometime soon! Perfect for when you need just a little bit more of Mix, and you don't want/need to mix up a whole batch. Also perfect for those that can't find 5 types of compost, etc. Yay, Mel's Mix!

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Correction - $51.88 for Mel's mix for 4' x 4' x 6" box

Post  fortop on Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:09 pm

4' x 4' x6" = 16 sq. ft. x 1/2 ft. (6" deep) = 8 cu. ft. / 2 cu. ft. bags = 4 bags per 4' x 4' box.
4 bags x $12.97 = $51.88 to fill a 4' x 4' x 6" box ($56.61 in Tucson with sales tax.)
(Previous post was result of wrong calculator entry.)
The only vermiculite I saw at Home Depot was a medium grain, which looked like sand to me. It was $19.97 for a two cu. ft. bag. I think this makes premixed Mel's mix the only logical choice, although I still think it is very expensive. The pallets at Home Depot and Lowes are shrink wrapped from the supplier at 50 bags per pallet.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Wyldflower on Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:18 pm

Granted, it's expensive, but you only have to put the Mel's Mix into each box one year.... in subsequent years, (or after each harvest/change of crop in a square) you supplement with mixed compost only. I'm looking at this as a long-term investment.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  AZDYJ2K on Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:37 pm

I just got some Mel's Mix at the Chandler Home Depot on Alma School and Chandler for the same price ($12.97) per 2 cubic foot bag. This may be a bit more expensive than mixing your own but saves a bunch of trouble having to hunt down the vermiculite and getting 5 different kinds of compost etc.

Thanks for the tip...it saved me a ton of time.

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Post  graceypt on Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:46 am

I just checked online with my Lowe's here in Burbank, CA and they carry Mel's Mix! I can't wait to go garden shopping! I am planning on building 2 small TT beds for my DP's grandma. She was so excited when I told her I have fallen in love with gardening using this new method called SFG. Let's just say after showing pictures of my growing garden she wanted her own

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Chopper on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:42 am

@graceypt wrote:I just checked online with my Lowe's here in Burbank, CA and they carry Mel's Mix! I can't wait to go garden shopping! I am planning on building 2 small TT beds for my DP's grandma. She was so excited when I told her I have fallen in love with gardening using this new method called SFG. Let's just say after showing pictures of my growing garden she wanted her own

One does seem to spread the enthusiasm. It really makes gardening fun again.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  chocolatepop on Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:47 pm

@fortop wrote:snip..Plus, I have my doubts about 6" deep of mix being enough to sustain crops, especially the deep root crops like carrots, etc.

unless you are doing short and stubbies, carrots require a highrise Wink

Also, 8cf will be enough UNTIL you add water,then it will compact. I'd get an extra bag just in case.

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Post  donnainzone10 on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:04 pm

When I originally set up my second box, I used the prescribed 8 cubic feet of Mel's Mix. It promptly settled.

To my surprise, everything I planted (mostly greens) thrived in about 5" of mix.

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Post  fortop on Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:36 pm

I planted 4 individual 5 gallon pails with 2 bell pepper plants and 2 tomato plants yesterday. I used 4" of sand, 9" of Mel's mix, and 2" of bark for mulch on top. As others have mentioned, the Mel's mix compresses quickly by about 2-3" after watering. I am blocking the direct sun with a piece of plywood for shade after 2:00 p.m., but the plants look like they are wilting in the 106 degree heat. I may have to use some shade cloth over the whole setup for the whole day. I will see if they survive the first day of planting tomorrow.

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Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  schristi69 on Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:02 pm

I have seen the Mels mix at both Home Depot and Lowes and thought the $13.00 a bag was steep. After pricing the ingredients though....$27.00 a bag vermiculite (2CF x 5), $10.00 a cube of peat moss (2.2 CF x 5) and compost about $5.00 a bag average (2 CF x 5)..... my boxes are 4x4x2 or 32 CF each. Mels mix in a bag....$295.00. Make it yourself is about $160.00 or so. Still cheaper to mix it. Thought I was going to get in on this on the cheap. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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