Schmelly’s is an organics recycling company. We collect food scraps from New Orleans’ restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, juice bars and coffee shops, and then compost these scraps into an organic amendment for farmers to enhance their soil microbiology. Our product is composted & cured for 8-12 months to create a nutrient-dense plant food good for flowers, vegetable gardens, and production farms.


All our products, quantities, and prices are listed below. The fastest way to get us your request is to submit by clicking the order button on the bottom of this page. We’ll respond within a few days. We really really really thank you for your patience 🙂
Our COVID-19 work schedule, as of 5/18/20:
— Mon & Thu we review online order requests, call/text/email you, & make appointments for pickup & delivery.
— Delivery orders will be scheduled for a Wed or Thu delivery day.
— Pickup appointments will be scheduled for a Friday pickup day.
If you haven’t heard from us in a week, please email orders@schmellys(dot)com or leave us a VM/text 504.535.4769

We wrote a very simple garden volume guide to help you figure out your soil needs. It includes a handy soil volume calculator & recommendations on how to carry your soil home.

Schmelly’s Products:

  • ALL PRODUCTS ARE BULK. To reduce plastic waste, we do not use bags.
  • YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN CONTAINERS, OR USE A TRUCK. We will prepare the order before you arrive and will fill your containers when you get to our site. For open-bed picukup trucks, we’ll load ya up with our machine. If you are wondering how much soil your car or truck will hold, read this.
  • Pick-up orders of 1/2 cu.yard (14 cu.feet) or more: we encourage you to bring a pickup truck so we can load with our machine. Bulk price for truck loads is cheaper because it takes much less labor.
  • Please check out our pricing & then use the request form at the bottom of the page to let us know what you need. *NOTE: pricing subject to change.
  • Acronym key: “cu.yd” means Cubic Yard, “cu.ft” means Cubic Foot. For more information on measurements, visit our volume guide.

Supernatural Garden Soil Mix

Pictured: 4 cubic yards delivered on a driveway
Pictured: 4 cubic yards delivered on a driveway

Cubic foot = $5
Small truck load (0.5 cu.yd / 14 cu.ft) = $50
1-4 cubic yards = $70 per cu.yd
5-10+ cubic yards = $60 per cu.yd

Use this to soil to fill up your vegetable raised beds, plant out a container garden, or bulk up your farm rows. We mix our homemade compost with a basic landscaping soil blend (composted manure, coffee grounds, pine shavings). Good for vegetable gardens, flower beds, and anywhere you need a high quality soil mix.

Unscreened Compost

Pictured: 4 cubic yards delivered to a farm
Pictured: 4 cubic yards delivered to a farm

Cubic foot = $7.50
Small truck load (1/2 cu.yd/14cu.ft) = $50
1-4 cubic yards = $70 per cu.yd
5-10+ cubic yards = $60 per cu.yd

Get the biology back into your garden! From 5 gallons to 5 tons, delivered to your garden or farm. Use this to add organic matter, micro-nutrients, and biological life to your soil. We recommend 1-2″ top dressing each planting season, or 10-50% for new garden beds. (PLEASE NOTE, this compost has not been screened or sifted and contains composted wood chips, twig, bone material, and occasional straws, plastics & produce stickers from the food service industry where we source our compost feed stock.)

Premium Screened Compost

Schmelly's Compost

1-13 cubic feet = $20 per cubic foot
14-26 cubic feet = $18 per cubic foot

Our premium screened compost is made to order, sifted through a 1/2″ screen for a gorgeous crumb cake texture. Use this product for making a potting mix, or if your garden demands the best product available anywhere.

Wood mulch

Pictured: 25 cubic yards delivered to a farm
Pictured: 25 cubic yards delivered to a farm

$1 per cubic foot
$25 per cubic yard
Discount: 10 cu.yds or more get 20% off

Dress up your garden & keep out the weeds. We’ve got a few different grades of wood & leaf mulch and pine needle mulch, fresh or aged. All local wood & pine needles from Greater New Orleans arborists. Holler at us below to check availability.


Pictured: an herb garden bed built with small logs
Pictured: an herb garden bed built with small logs

$1 per log (choose your logs from our site or get them delivered)
Order 0.5 cu.yds of soil or compost and get free logs!

Create a garden bed using logs cut by arborists in New Orleans. You can also bury these logs inside your garden soil to absorb water and help nurture the soil microbes (look up “hugelkultur” for more info). We have a variety of sizes, shapes, and kinds to choose from. Save money on lumber and reuse a natural local material.

Delivery or Pick-Up

Pickup is free during Spring & Fall planting seasons.
New Orleans pick-up service appointments can be scheduled on a limited basis. We sell in bulk–you must bring your own containers or an open bed truck. If you are wondering how much soil your car or truck will hold, please read volume guide before you make your order
–Dump Truck Delivery–
Dumped in a pile in your driveway or front yard
$50 = Small dump truck delivery (qty: 0.5-3 cu.yds)
$90 = Large dump truck delivery (qty: 4-10 cu.yds)
$40 = Add-on Wheelbarrow Service (per 3cu.yds): put the soil right where you want it (Note: price is for up to 3cu.yds. Over 3cu.yds will increase price.)
–Bucket Delivery–
Delivered with buckets: we will dump the soil where you want it, but you don’t get to keep the buckets 😉
$25 = 1-7 cu.ft
$50 = 8-14 cu.ft
We deliver to locations in greater New Orleans. Delivery outside of the greater New Orleans area is available by special request for a higher delivery rate based on distance.

After submitting your request, someone from the Schmelly’s team will be in touch to discuss prices and payment details. After we finalize your order, we’ll email you an invoice. We prefer online payment & accept ACH bank draft aka e-check, credit card (includes a fee), and good ole fashioned check.
Online payments should be made prior to delivery or pick-up.