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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 3/9/2010, 3:26 pm

Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! DSCF9461-2-1
So, one of the biggest questions we get asked is where to find the components of Mel's mix. Peat moss, Blended compost and most important, Coarse Vermiculite. Well, in response to popular demand, we now have Mel's mix potting soil, pre-mixed and ready to go! We actually started a limited test run last year and learned some valuable lessons about keeping up with the manufacturers and checking the quality of the mix. This year, after more testing, believe that we have a commercial quality product. Not only that, but we have a distributor that will be putting our Mel's mix in Home depot style store and nurseries!

Our first run will be to a limited number of stores in the south of the united states, but if you must have it, here is what you can do. Go to your favorite home improvement store or nursery and ask them to carry it. Shipping just a couple of bags is too expensive and so right now you only get Mel's mix from our site by 'local pickup' but if a we ship out a whole truck at a time, the shipping cost becomes doable.

We have two mixes ready. A standard mix for the depot stores and a premium mix(more fun stuff added) for the nurseries.
Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! DSCF9462
For those of you who have been camping, do you remember that smell when you first wake up after a nice rainstorm and you get out of your tent(or trailer for you rich folk)? That wonderful woodsy smell. That is what this mix smells like!
Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! DSCF9465

You can get more information about our new Mel's Mix (or buy it if you are local, or buy enough to make the shipping cost worthwhile) by going to our webstore and checking the accessories.HERE

By the way, if any of your are entrepreneurial minded, you can order a truckload aywhere in the country and sell to everyone else! It needs to be at least a truckload(1000 bags) to keep shipping costs down. Let us know!
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Post  mckr3441 on 3/16/2010, 10:29 am

I hope you will be able to market that to distant locations soon. There certainly is a demand for it.
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Post  N.Q on 3/18/2010, 12:38 am

good thinking...still having trouble sourcing all the ingredients down under.



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Post  martha on 3/24/2010, 6:18 pm

this is very exciting! It's a huge step forward towards it being available everywhere! (Yes, I mean everywhere. Home Depot, nurseries, clothing stores, banks....)
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Post  chocolatepop on 3/24/2010, 11:28 pm

Yeah! Now get hopping on us northerners!
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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 3/30/2010, 11:57 am

I just tried to see if I could buy it at my local store and was told that it was unavailable. I then called the customer care dept. of Lowes (not the local store) and the gentleman told me that if I wanted it, He would send a message to management of the district (a conglomerate of local stores) and see about getting it in for me!

In other words, call lowes itself(1-800-445-6937) and speak to web orders customer service about the soil. Here is the info.

Garden Time "ready to use" Square Foot Garden Soil
Item #:308781 | Model #:GT 11670

They can contact the area and see about getting it in for you guys! Hope that helps. Alan
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Post  chocolatepop on 3/30/2010, 12:14 pm

Any idea about how much it will cost?
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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 3/30/2010, 12:27 pm

@chocolatepop wrote:Any idea about how much it will cost?
use the link I posted. Alan Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! Icon_smile
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Post  chocolatepop on 3/30/2010, 12:31 pm

yup, i did. theres no list price Smile
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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 3/30/2010, 12:38 pm

@chocolatepop wrote:yup, i did. theres no list price Smile

whoa, I must be losing my mind!. I just pulled up the link and it too says not available, but then I went to lowes.com and did a search for "square foot gardening soil" and it came up. It shows as $13.97 for 2 cu.ft. Alan
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Post  chocolatepop on 3/30/2010, 12:43 pm

haahaa, that is WEIRD, there much be a website gobblin!
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Post  pattipan on 3/30/2010, 12:49 pm

I didn't see a price either when I first tried the link. Cleared the cookies (so it wouldn't search my local store) and then the price came up.

So...2 cubit feet of mix per bag, one would need 4 of these for a standard 4 x 4 box, right?

$13.97 x 4 = $55.88....ouch! I think I'll keep making my own. :)

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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 3/30/2010, 12:52 pm

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@pattipan wrote:I didn't see a price either when I first tried the link. Cleared the cookies (so it wouldn't search my local store) and then the price came up.

So...2 cubit feet of mix per bag, one would need 4 of these for a standard 4 x 4 box, right?

$13.97 x 4 = $55.88....ouch! I think I'll keep making my own. Smile

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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 4/12/2010, 12:04 pm

Hey, I wanted everyone to share in a remarkable achievement . We have now sold over 100,000 bags of Mel's Mix! this is using a limited trial basis on just a couple of states depot stores! Imagine when we can thake this all around the country... Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! Icon_biggrin Apparently, we did a good job on this mix. Thanks everyone for your support! It is because of you guys that we have grown at the rate we have. Fantastic job everyone! Alan Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! Icon_cheers
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Post  fndrbndr on 4/30/2011, 10:40 am

Is the pre-mixed Mel's Mix available for sale anywhere in Colorado Springs?

I mixed up my own for my three 4x4 beds based on the recipe in the book, but I'm 1 to 2 inches low in my beds.

Maybe it doesn't even matter, but I'd like to fill them up to the top, and don't think I can buy stuff in small enough quantities to just top them off.
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Post  buttaflie143 on 4/30/2011, 1:37 pm

SquareFoot wrote:Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! DSCF9461-2-1
So, one of the biggest questions we get asked is where to find the components of Mel's mix. Peat moss, Blended compost and most important, Coarse Vermiculite. Well, in response to popular demand, we now have Mel's mix potting soil, pre-mixed and ready to go! We actually started a limited test run last year and learned some valuable lessons about keeping up with the manufacturers and checking the quality of the mix. This year, after more testing, believe that we have a commercial quality product. Not only that, but we have a distributor that will be putting our Mel's mix in Home depot style store and nurseries!

Our first run will be to a limited number of stores in the south of the united states, but if you must have it, here is what you can do. Go to your favorite home improvement store or nursery and ask them to carry it. Shipping just a couple of bags is too expensive and so right now you only get Mel's mix from our site by 'local pickup' but if a we ship out a whole truck at a time, the shipping cost becomes doable.

We have two mixes ready. A standard mix for the depot stores and a premium mix(more fun stuff added) for the nurseries.
Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! DSCF9462
For those of you who have been camping, do you remember that smell when you first wake up after a nice rainstorm and you get out of your tent(or trailer for you rich folk)? That wonderful woodsy smell. That is what this mix smells like!
Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! DSCF9465

You can get more information about our new Mel's Mix (or buy it if you are local, or buy enough to make the shipping cost worthwhile) by going to our webstore and checking the accessories.HERE

By the way, if any of your are entrepreneurial minded, you can order a truckload aywhere in the country and sell to everyone else! It needs to be at least a truckload(1000 bags) to keep shipping costs down. Let us know!

SquareFoot,
Any idea when we'll see MM in NC?
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Post  PVPind on 5/2/2011, 9:23 am

That's great.
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Post  fndrbndr on 5/7/2011, 1:08 pm

@fndrbndr wrote:Is the pre-mixed Mel's Mix available for sale anywhere in Colorado Springs?

I mixed up my own for my three 4x4 beds based on the recipe in the book, but I'm 1 to 2 inches low in my beds.

Maybe it doesn't even matter, but I'd like to fill them up to the top, and don't think I can buy stuff in small enough quantities to just top them off.

So I spoke to my local Lowe's and they won't get the Mel's Mix for me...but they found the closest store that carries it (in Arizona) and gave me the number so I could request them to ship me some.

Instead I just decided to mix up some more of my own. In the end, it actually took 10 cubic feet of Mel's Mix to fill up a single 4x4 bed...not the 8 cubic feet recommended in the book. So I concur with the other person in the forum who stated that you should take Mel's recommendations and increase them by 20% to get a full box.
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Post  NHGardener on 5/8/2011, 4:52 am

@fndrbndr wrote:In the end, it actually took 10 cubic feet of Mel's Mix to fill up a single 4x4 bed...not the 8 cubic feet recommended in the book. So I concur with the other person in the forum who stated that you should take Mel's recommendations and increase them by 20% to get a full box.

I found the same thing to be true! My boxes need a little more MM anyway because they're on a slope, but even so, I thought I had enough, including the extra space, for 5 boxes, but I only had enough for 4, and those 4 still really need to be topped off. I'm going back on Monday to buy ingredients for a whole new batch for box #5 and to top off the others.
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Post  Pepper on 5/24/2012, 3:29 pm

I just checked with the web order help line. It is not available in GA. She did find 20 bags in Albuquerque. She thought about $8 a bag; that is $32 a normal bed! Can't beat that!!! Laughing

My 4ftx8ftx12in beds would be $128; I payed over $150 for my first cubic yard. Cubic yard is 27 cubic feet my beds are 32 cubic feet! Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! 3170584802 Get it in GA please
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Post  anthony anderson on 4/21/2013, 10:00 pm

I need mels mix in bulk 173 cubic feet of it. To purchase this much would cost me almost $1800.00. How can I offset this cost? Can I call a nursery or garden supply store and order material thru them? Is that even feasible?

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Post  RoOsTeR on 4/21/2013, 10:14 pm

Anthony, I replied to your pm in regards to this. In case you didn't get it, please contact the foundation. They may have an answer for you.

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Post  Windmere on 4/21/2013, 10:26 pm

@Pepper wrote:I just checked with the web order help line. It is not available in GA. She did find 20 bags in Albuquerque. She thought about $8 a bag; that is $32 a normal bed! Can't beat that!!! Laughing

My 4ftx8ftx12in beds would be $128; I payed over $150 for my first cubic yard. Cubic yard is 27 cubic feet my beds are 32 cubic feet! Pre-mixed Mel's Mix is here! 3170584802 Get it in GA please

I second Pepper's plea for GA residents. I think it would be snapped up off the shelves if it were available here. A "win win" situation.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 4/21/2013, 10:37 pm

You can always request pre-made Mel's Mix at your local Home Depot, Lowe's or garden center.
Here is a link on ordering the mix from Home Depot:
http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t14999-mel-s-mix-at-home-depot

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