We stopped selling Mel's Mix for a few reasons: it was expensive and environmentally prohibitive to ship and the manufacturer was unreliable with our recipe. Instead, we teach you how to make your own in our books and on our website.
Here are some resources:
Watch our video here: https://squarefootgardening.org/2020/03/bagged-vs-homemade-compost
The best advice is to make your own. We have information in our books: https://squarefootgardening.org/2018/05/shop-our-books/ and information on our website: https://squarefootgardening.org/2019/08/how-to-make-your-own-compost/. If you are unable to make your own, most nurseries and some big box stores will carry OMRI labelled bagged compost. Visit our blog for more info: https://squarefootgardening.org/2020/03/bagged-vs-homemade-compost
Here’s a great article to help you decide: https://www.gardenmyths.com/coir-ecofriendly-substitute-peat-moss/
We also recommend watching our video on peat moss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xev7rTP9rfc
Use our handy calculator found here: https://squarefootgardening.org/method/
A 4’ X 4’ box will use about four 5-gallon buckets of each of the three ingredients
Yes! Other than potatoes and carrots (we build the soil up for those), you can grow almost any vegetable in 6” of Mel’s Mix. If you have a deeper bed, we recommend filling the base of the bed with clean builders’ sand, add a layer of weed cloth or cardboard, then add your 6” of Mel’s Mix. You don’t need any more as it will be wasteful.
Absolutely! It’s the best way to know what you’ve planted and to not waste your space. It’s the hallmark of a Square Foot Garden! You can read more about that here: https://squarefootgardening.org/2019/03/grids-prominent-and-permanent
Not for about 7-10 years! More on that here: https://squarefootgardening.org/2019/05/do-you-have-to-replace-mels-mix
Check out our Certified Instructor (CI) program here: https://squarefootgardening.org/2018/05/become-a-certified-instructor
There are several options:
- Find and contact a Certified Instructor here: https://squarefootgardening.org/getinvolved/find-a-certified-instructor/
- Join our Official Forum here and ask a seasoned SFGer: http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/
- Visit our You Tube channel for informative SFG videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtntGRV9xW3bCQLkCvFBAQ