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Has anyone used the bagged Mel's Mix?

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Post  Luci Dawson 9/24/2011, 6:38 pm

When I was at HD today, I noticed they had the Mel's Mix in bags. Although I'm sure it's probably a more expensive way to go, I'm considering it because being 4'-10" tall, 69 y/o, and on continuous oxygen I don't think I'll be physically able to mix it myself and there are no neighbors who are interested in or willing to do that much work!

Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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Post  tabletopper 9/24/2011, 8:22 pm

I have....my home depot doesnt carry it....but Lowes does at $12.95...reduced for the winter I think.....I do tabletops and I just turned 87yrs ........its a great way to garden...I love it....I had a total of 102 squares....different sizes......

One has to add a 5 compost as the garden progress.....just found a rabbit and a horse source of manure.....Chicken and Steer are easy.....Dixieline Lumber company worm casting year around at $20 a bag and that will make my 5 composts....

So my suggestion is to start small and progress slow....get back to you later as i am going to dinner......Ruth
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Post  Kelejan 9/24/2011, 10:15 pm

Luci, if I lived near you I would come and mix it for you. (An hour at a time, lol)



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ETA: A total of 232 years between us. Three Golden Oldies. lol
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Post  Chopper 9/24/2011, 10:25 pm

I have. Used in one of my boxes and was very happy with it.
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Post  donnainzone5 9/25/2011, 1:55 pm

I've used the pre-bagged MM this year and like it very much. My only gripe is that the vermiculite seems to be either fine or medium.
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Post  shannon1 9/26/2011, 1:43 am

For me mixing was the hardest part. I have some health issues too, so give yourself a brake and get the mixed stuff . I have never use it but It took me a week to mix my own in small batches to fill my 4x6 TT and if it were available here I would have given it a try.
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Post  1orangething 9/26/2011, 6:13 am

I'm wondering if anyone sells it around here. I've heard of sources in Orlando, but I don't want to drive that far. I am getting ready to add-on another 4x4 bed. I'll just have to take my time mixing.
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Post  shannon1 9/26/2011, 6:37 am

If there is a Lowes near you give them a call I have heard they carry it from time to time.
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Post  1orangething 9/26/2011, 6:46 am

Shannon - no luck finding it nearby. I actually found coarse Verm down the street, last bed wasn't coarse. I really don't mind mixing it, but finding 5 composts is hard.


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Post  Luci Dawson 9/26/2011, 2:36 pm

Thanks for all the great help!

You'd be welcome anytime Kelejan...even to just visit instead of mixing!

1orangething: Here's a link to the Home Depot within 20 miles of Spring Hill. Unfortunately, there are 3 different ones in different counties, but maybe you could find it online and they could deliver it to the one closest to you

http://www.homedepot.com/StoreFinder/index.jsp?reload=true&distance_1=50&zip=87123&jspStoreDir=hdus&state_1=&headerStoreFinder=&catalogId=10053&errorViewName=StoreFinderView&city=&URL=&store=&address=87123&storeId=10051&List=List&distance_2=50
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Post  1orangething 9/26/2011, 7:08 pm

Thank you Luci, I will be checking the HD webpage.. I actually work for Home Depot and they haven't been able to get it in my store.
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Post  tabletopper 9/26/2011, 11:02 pm

yesterday I was in my local Home Depot in Chula Vista......they just got in garden seeds for 2012.....and I saw Mel's condensed lil booklet for $5 and bought one.....so I thought they must be carrying the bags of his mix....no such luck...cashier sent me to customer service and clerk couldnt find it on the web site to be shipped here......so I think it will be coming sometime in the future especially if we write corp headquarters I think in Georgia....Lets not give up.....Ruth
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Post  Lindacol 9/26/2011, 11:10 pm

tabletopper wrote:yesterday I was in my local Home Depot in Chula Vista......they just got in garden seeds for 2012.....and I saw Mel's condensed lil booklet for $5 and bought one.....so I thought they must be carrying the bags of his mix....no such luck...cashier sent me to customer service and clerk couldnt find it on the web site to be shipped here......so I think it will be coming sometime in the future especially if we write corp headquarters I think in Georgia....Lets not give up.....Ruth



I have only seen it at Lowes in my area, not HD. I have been in several Lowes and they have all had it in stock.
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Post  tabletopper 9/26/2011, 11:25 pm

Yes....thats where I have been buying mine for $12.95....Lowes......Home Depot is much closer for me...and since they are carrying his lil booklet.....theres hope....if enough people bother them with a paper letter......they will carry it I am sure....
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Post  Luci Dawson 9/27/2011, 11:48 am

1orangething wrote:Thank you Luci, I will be checking the HD webpage.. I actually work for Home Depot and they haven't been able to get it in my store.

That surprises me; since HD is a national chain I'd would have expected all of the stores to carry it if one does in another area.

If you look it up online using "Mel's Mix" as the search term, then you won't find it at either HD or Lowe's...I know that because I did the same thing at first. HOWEVER, it you search for it using "Garden Time" or "Gardentime" as the search term (without the quotes) then you may have better luck! And both sites allow you to specify which store you want to shop at so you're not running around all day!!!

And do keep us posted on your results!
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Post  westie42 9/27/2011, 12:54 pm

Not so Luci,HD, Lowes and the usual old K or Wal Marts all market regionally according to what should or does sell well. MM seems to be slowly spreading around the perimeter of the country first and not so much in the central fly by zones. I am hoping it reacher here next season, after all my hard work has been already done, lol.
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Post  Luci Dawson 9/27/2011, 1:57 pm

westie42 wrote:Not so Luci,HD, Lowes and the usual old K or Wal Marts all market regionally according to what should or does sell well. MM seems to be slowly spreading around the perimeter of the country first and not so much in the central fly by zones. I am hoping it reacher here next season, after all my hard work has been already done, lol.

That's good to know, Westie42! Thanks for enlightening us about the vagaries of local distribution.

But can't one order it online and have it shipped to your local store?
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Post  1orangething 9/27/2011, 2:51 pm

Luci, there must not be a market for it yet, both places said it is not available around Tampa. Hopefully it will catch on soon.
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Post  Lindacol 9/27/2011, 8:46 pm

I just found this info. I didn't realize there were diffeences in the various bagged mixes.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=101285149955267&id=49238586812

Square Foot Gardening Foundation Garden Time Brand is made by Growell - we have to different types of Mel's Mix - one is for nurseries and one is for big box stores like lowes and home depots - they are both perfect - just the actual "Mel's Mix" has a few more special ingredients to the compost blend and costs a few bucks more.
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Post  Luci Dawson 9/28/2011, 1:06 pm

1orangething wrote:Luci, there must not be a market for it yet, both places said it is not available around Tampa. Hopefully it will catch on soon.

My condolences! Sad
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Post  ishootaction 10/5/2011, 2:13 pm

Hey Luci

Hope all is well. I bought mine at HD in Yuma AZ and it was a fresh pallet because I had been there the week before and they were almost out. When I went back BOOM full pallet. I love it. My radishes sprouted in 2 days. Has anyone used the bagged Mel's Mix? 53366

ps: I think it is awesome that some of you guys and gals are online. cheers

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Post  Luci Dawson 10/5/2011, 2:27 pm

That's great news about your radishes! My neighbor will be picking up 2 bags of Mel's Mix this week so I can plant some cut-and-cut again lettuce before the temps get too low at night, and I'm also going to try fall planting garlic for next year's harvest.

Really looking forward to this adventure!!!
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Post  ishootaction 10/5/2011, 2:37 pm

Take pictures Luci. Very Happy We love pics. I read on here somewhere that they did soil sample testing and there were conflicting reports but the people that have been using it for years get good results. I believe Mels mix is AWESOME and will go with what works NOT with what some study says.

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Post  southern gardener 10/21/2011, 6:25 pm

We have re-done our beds using the bagged mix, so we should have results soon. Will post back! Laughing
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