SUMMER SEASON! Closed for all sales June-Sept 2022
See you in the fall!
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Good dirt takes time.
Thank you for your patience! We are moving slower than usual due to pandemic fatigue and exhaustion living under hetero-patriarchal capitalism. We will not be responding to any orders from June-Sept 2022.

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 soil conditioner 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.

Quick Links:

  1. How to Order & Soil Calculator
  2. Catalog of Products:
  3. Schmelly Services:

link: SOIL ORDERING CALCULATOR! + Volume & Transportation Guide
Here’s a simple guide with a soil volume calculator, weight references, & tips on how to carry your soil home.

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Schmelly’s Products:

  • WE LIKE BULK! Let’s eliminate plastic trash! We offer bagged products upon request using recycled bags.
  • Picking up? PLEASE BRING 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 handy volume guide.
  • 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.
  • Prices 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 (1/2 & 1/2 mix)

Pictured: 4 cubic yards delivered on a driveway
Pictured: 4 cu.yds delivered on a driveway

Use this to blended 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 horse manure, coffee grounds, pine shavings, sand). It’s perfect for vegetable gardens, flower beds, and anywhere you need a high quality soil mix.

DYN-O-MITE! Unscreened Compost

Pictured: 4 cubic yards delivered to a farm
Pictured: 4 cu.yds delivered to a farm

KAPOW!! This product will make your plants blow up! Unscreened, unfiltered, 1-year old fully cured compost. This is our signature product with no additional processing after curing so we can keep the price low. PLEASE NOTE! this product has not been screened or sifted and contains composted wood chips, oyster shells, twigs, bone material, AND occasional straws, plastics & produce stickers from the food service industry where we source our compost feed stock. You will find strange treasures, but we stand by our product.

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.

Sweet Almighty Screened Compost

screened compost in a bucket

Same as above, but screened. Our premium screened compost is made to order, sifted through a 1/2″ screen for a gorgeous crumb cake texture. Ideal for making a potting mix and wherever you need pure, refined compost.

Mulch: Basic Brown, Fancy Red, Pine Bark

Dress up your garden & keep out the weeds. The Basic Brown is our super local, super basic mulch that comes from chipped tree branches in New Orleans; contains wood chips, twigs, shredded leaves, and pine needles. Best bang for your buck.

Pine straw produced by a local POC company that bales pine straw in S. Alabama.

Note: Red mulch and pine bark mulch are imported from outside New Orleans. We don’t have these in stock, must special order.


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

Rain Garden Mix, Sand & Custom Blends

shredded sugarcane bagasse

Contact us with your custom soil needs. We can blend any recipe for rain gardens, potting mixes & custom landscape projects. We source all products from the local region.

Delivery or Pick-Up

— Product Pick-Up —
NO DROP-IN HOURS SUMMER 2022, see you this fall!
We prefer to sell in bulk — we will load in your truck bed or containers. You must bring your own containers or truck with an open bed. If you are wondering how much soil your car or truck will hold, please read our volume guide before you make your order.

— Dump Truck Delivery —
NO DELIVERIES SUMMER 2022, see you this fall!

Dumped in a pile in your driveway, curbside, or accessible yard. Optional wheelbarrow service available.

Delivery limits: We deliver from Hollygrove 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.

Yard Clippings & Material Pick-Up