Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Compost: Bekeley 18 day [hot] method
by grownsunshine Today at 12:51 pm

» PNW: October 2014
by Marc Iverson Today at 12:33 pm

» New England October 2014
by sanderson Today at 12:32 pm

» Just starting SFG!
by Marc Iverson Today at 12:25 pm

» SFG for shade?
by llama momma Today at 12:22 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 12:22 pm

» Prelim Bed Plans
by sanderson Today at 11:54 am

» Are you seeing bees?
by camprn Today at 11:31 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson Today at 12:03 am

» Removing raspberries
by johnp Yesterday at 3:50 pm

» To Screen or not to screen ???
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:50 pm

» Worm Tube for the SFG
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 1:42 pm

» Greeting from SW Birmingham, AL
by grownsunshine Yesterday at 12:16 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Cherbear 10/23/2014, 9:15 pm

» Gardening in England
by plantoid 10/23/2014, 4:35 pm

» Mississippi Gulf Coast! Woohoo!
by Ha-v-v 10/23/2014, 4:24 pm

» Bed Raising
by Marc Iverson 10/23/2014, 2:38 pm

» The Lazy Gardener
by Marc Iverson 10/23/2014, 12:51 am

» Herbs and Vegetables for the Lazy Gardener
by Marc Iverson 10/23/2014, 12:28 am

» Newbie in Las Vegas, year 1!
by brainchasm 10/22/2014, 11:46 pm

» MEL'S MIX CALCULATOR not working?
by Allyn 10/22/2014, 9:23 pm

» The website squarefootgardening.com is down!
by brainchasm 10/22/2014, 4:00 pm

» Table top getting extra weeks of sun
by CapeCoddess 10/22/2014, 3:56 pm

» moved our beds
by FamilyGardening 10/21/2014, 9:35 pm

» Pill bugs!
by jimmy cee 10/21/2014, 2:55 pm

» Friday's Rookie Topic VIII: French Tarragon
by Marc Iverson 10/21/2014, 1:17 pm

» Oct in the Lower South
by Ha-v-v 10/21/2014, 10:03 am

» Friday Rookie Topics 2012
by johnp 10/20/2014, 3:27 pm

» Friday Rookie Topics 2011
by camprn 10/20/2014, 1:43 pm

» How much Rabbit Poo on/in garlic bed?
by brainchasm 10/20/2014, 12:30 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Page 1 of 4 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  fortop on 6/5/2010, 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.

fortop

Posts: 7
Join date: 2010-06-04
Location: Tucson, AZ

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  AliSmith13 on 6/6/2010, 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.

AliSmith13

Female Posts: 49
Join date: 2010-06-03
Age: 29
Location: Nampa, ID 5b-6a

View user profile http://aliscouponadventures.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Mariko on 6/6/2010, 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.

Mariko

Posts: 11
Join date: 2010-06-05
Location: Corvallis, OR 97330 NW Pacific

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Wyldflower on 6/6/2010, 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.

Wyldflower

Female Posts: 530
Join date: 2010-03-21
Age: 63
Location: Colorado Springs, CO Zone 5b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  fortop on 6/6/2010, 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.

fortop

Posts: 7
Join date: 2010-06-04
Location: Tucson, AZ

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  extremesoccermom on 6/6/2010, 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.

extremesoccermom

Female Posts: 80
Join date: 2010-05-26
Age: 50
Location: Saint Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Weed 'em and Reap on 6/6/2010, 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!

Weed 'em and Reap

Posts: 29
Join date: 2010-05-31
Location: Central Georgia - zone 7B

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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

Post  fortop on 6/6/2010, 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.

fortop

Posts: 7
Join date: 2010-06-04
Location: Tucson, AZ

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Wyldflower on 6/6/2010, 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.

Wyldflower

Female Posts: 530
Join date: 2010-03-21
Age: 63
Location: Colorado Springs, CO Zone 5b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  AZDYJ2K on 6/6/2010, 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.

AZDYJ2K

Male Posts: 165
Join date: 2010-05-28
Location: Chandler, AZ USDA Zone 9A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Happy Day!

Post  graceypt on 6/7/2010, 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

graceypt

Female Posts: 21
Join date: 2010-04-05
Age: 36
Location: Glendale, CA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  Chopper on 6/7/2010, 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.

Chopper

Female Posts: 2463
Join date: 2010-05-05
Age: 59
Location: Warner Springs, CA Sunset Zone 7

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  chocolatepop on 6/7/2010, 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.

chocolatepop

Female Posts: 768
Join date: 2010-03-11
Age: 35
Location: Flint Area, Michigan (zone 5a-5b)

View user profile http://chocolatepopsurbangarden.wordpress.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  donnainzone10 on 6/7/2010, 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.

donnainzone10

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts: 1354
Join date: 2010-03-02
Age: 67
Location: Bend, OR (Zone 5-6)

View user profile http://www.amway.com/DonnaKBecker

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  fortop on 6/7/2010, 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.

fortop

Posts: 7
Join date: 2010-06-04
Location: Tucson, AZ

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mel's Mix at Lowes and Home Depot

Post  schristi69 on 6/11/2010, 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....$17.00 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....$195.00. 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

schristi69

Male Posts: 29
Join date: 2010-06-04
Location: Glendale, AZ Sunset zone 13, USDA zone 9b, AHS zone 11

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 4 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum