FAQ

We stopped selling Mel's Mix because it was expensive and environmentally prohibitive to ship. Instead, we teach you how to make your own in our books and on our website.
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
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
There are several options:
  1. Find and contact a Certified Instructor here: https://squarefootgardening.org/getinvolved/find-a-certified-instructor/
  2. Join our Official Forum here and ask a seasoned SFGer: http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/
  3. Visit our You Tube channel for informative SFG videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtntGRV9xW3bCQLkCvFBAQ