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Need Help with Mel's Mix & LOWE's is a no go in my area. Please.

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Need Help with Mel's Mix & LOWE's is a no go in my area. Please.

Post  Katch on 6/20/2010, 12:39 pm

Hello,

I am new and my name is Katch and this is my first reply
to a posting. I think it is a bit fitting that it is based on the Mix,
since that is one of the very beginnings of SFG. I am trying to
remember if there is a recipe for products that I can buy in Charlotte,
NC Zone 7b to make the closest thing to Mel's Mix, but I might need some
direction. I have quite a few of SFG books and I have recently moved
and the books are in storage right now. I do participate in our
community gardening that is provided for a small fee through our Parks
and Rec dept locally here in Charlotte, NC Zone 7b. I found the actual
mix is only available for p/u in Utah (directly through SFG...long drive
for me) or buy in Phoenix, AX area, so even that route could be quite
costly. I have contacted LOWE'S with NO LUCK yet, but I know they carry
it at locations that are very far away (as far as I can see to date). I
am surrounded by Johnson and Wales University Chefs and Chefs in
Training and they all want to buy everything out of the gardens, and I
love the fact that they want to be creative and only use fresh items and
especially from local gardener's, but for me right now, I have some
room for some TT's and a few boxes, but the stuff (local Mix) I have
been using lately, well, it just isn't cutting the mustard like the
Mel's Mix. Any suggestions as to where I can go in my books or where I
can find specifics on Mel's Mix or since I can't seem to find it or get
it reasonably, what I can do to make the next closest thing to Mel's
Mix. I would be most gracious for any help in this matter.

I
really look forward to getting to know everyone and learning and sharing
about the wonders of SFG!

PS-I still have to do my profile pic,
but I will have to work on it when I have a few more winks under my
eyes. I had difficultly getting it to host the image for some reason,
or maybe I will be surprised when I post this.

Thanks again and
Happy Growing and Living! Peace, Katch 3:22am EST
Thank you again as I decided to post this under a new area, since I had not been able to Make the Mix.

With Blessed Thanks,
Katch
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Re: Need Help with Mel's Mix & LOWE's is a no go in my area. Please.

Post  Chopper on 6/20/2010, 1:49 pm

Welcome.

Specifics on Mel's Mix are 1/3 compost (ideal: 5 different kinds), 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 peat, remembering the when you open on of the really compressed bags of peat it will double in size. For a 4'X4'X6' box you need a total of 8 cubic feet.

Mel's Mix does not go by that name at Lowes. I actually forget the name but it does have his picture on the bag. Home Depot is starting to carry it, too. You might go on your regional forum and ask about local availability there. There is also a vermiculite availability forum.

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Re: Need Help with Mel's Mix & LOWE's is a no go in my area. Please.

Post  Dunkinjean on 6/20/2010, 2:50 pm

Welcome!

As Chopper stated, you can get the 5 kinds of compost and peat moss at Lowe's or Home Depot for reasonable prices.

With regard to the Vermiculite, in NJ we can get it at some AGWAY stores. But we elected to order it online at Uline which is based in PA.

If you go to our Forum on Vermiculite there are companies and locations. You can also go online and email a company.

Good Luck!

Happy Gardening Everyone....
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Re: Need Help with Mel's Mix & LOWE's is a no go in my area. Please.

Post  PB on 6/20/2010, 5:03 pm

The mix is called garden time. Square foot gardening mix. Lowes in NC dont carry it. I am from High Point NC. You can make it yourself. Welcome!!
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Post  Katch on 6/20/2010, 9:07 pm

Thanks to Everyone!!!!

Thank you to all who responded. I ran to my storage and got my book out and am already on page 87, so I am right where I need to be, but I am so thankful for everyone who responded. This is new to me and i will stick to my regional area for the next time. I am sorry, I am new at forums and all the specifics that go with it. I have found a vendor for everything, so I am ready to do the best that I can. I know that no matter what I am happy that I found this group and the support and kindnesses that each of you have provided. No matter what, I have succeeded already. Have a Blessed Father's Day to ALL.

Happy Pappa Evening !!! Always, Katch
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Post  davidclubb on 11/22/2010, 1:06 am

You should check some of your local feed stores for vermiculite. Lowe's and Home Depot probably do not carry vermiculite in the quantities required for MM, but a feed store will be able to sell it to you at a more affordable price. I am buying 4 cu bag of vermiculite from a local feed store for only $25.95, compared to spending over $50 to get the same amount in 8 quart bags.
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