FYI: Free shipping on Espoma from Sears this weekend

owiebrain(5 MO)February 20, 2011

Just wanted to give a heads up for those not able to buy Espoma products locally. Jo mentioned being able to sign up for the free Shipvantage trial but I was just able to order without that hassle.

I ordered 10 of the 40# bags of Garden-Tone with no shipping costs. President's Day Weekend sale coupon code "USA". I'll link the details below. This weekend only, it says, and for orders over $99. Good for those who need bigger quantities.

Here is a link that might be useful: free shipping weekend, over $99 orders

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joellenh(6b Jenks)

WOW! That is awesome! Stock up on Garden Tone!


    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 8:14PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7


Thanks for the heads up!

I took advantage of the free shipping and ordered a few bags this afternoon. I ordered both Tomato-Tone and Garden-Tone in vast quantities so I should be all set for the season.

It goes without saying that without the free shipping, I never would have ordered a product like this online.


Thanks to you too for mentioning in the first place that Sears carried Tomato-Tone. I never would have thought to look at their website and I've never seen it actually in a Sears store.

There's nothing like a good deal, and in this case, free shipping is a really good deal!


    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 9:46PM
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joellenh(6b Jenks)

Sears does NOT carry Epsoma products in store. I went last year to try to get some and they looked at me like I was smoking crack.

Only online. And the shipping cost is INSANE, so if you can get free ship thru this deal or shipvantage, STOCK UP NOW.

The only thing that kinda bugs me....I am thinking...even at 20ish for 20# of tomato tone is till a little pricey. Better than 4# for $10 at local garden centers, but still...I have seen it as low as $10-$11 for 20# online.

I have started to HOUND local nurseries and feed stores to see what price they can get this for. Also, Doty and I both noticed Lowes selling Epsoma Plant tone. Worth asking there if they can get the big bags of Tomato Tone for cheap. I am a squeaky wheel and will let you know if any local store can get the grease.


    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 9:56PM
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joellenh(6b Jenks)

Dody...not Doty.



    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 11:14PM
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The thing I've noticed about a lot of online companies is that those that offer lower or free shipping, usually incorporate the S&H cost savings into the price of the product, and those that charge an arm and a leg for for S&H, offer discount prices on the product. It's like living in a tax-free state, e.g., Florida, Texas, where there is no state income tax, but the tax on other things, like property tax, hotel tax, etc., is outrageous. They get you somewhere, it's just where that you have to figure out. Anyway, it averages out across the board.

I wish some of the nurseries or big box stores would start carrying the Espoma soil mixes, like their seed starting mix for sure, but I have yet to see them anywhere here. If anyone has, please let me know.


    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 8:35AM
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i'm friends with the store manager at the home depot down here near jenks, and i'm going to go talk to her about this either today or tomorrow....i'll let you know what she says

dody :)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 10:54AM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

The Sears prices for the 20 lb.and 40 lb. bags of both Tomato-Tone and Garden-Tone are almost exactly the same price I paid the last time I bought them at one of the few nurseries that carry them in north central Texas, and that's an 80-mile one-way trip I don't have to make, so I feel like I have come out ahead this time.

I can find the 4 lb. bags at some of the Calloway's Nursery stores in north central Texas, but I think the last time I saw them there last year they were insanely $9.99 to $11.99. Every now and then I see some of the Espoma line in a local Home Depot, though not consistently, and when I do the price is more reasonable. I simply buy whatever I find wherever I find it because when you're in a really rural area where you have to drive 20 or 30 miles one way to make it to something like a Wal-Mart or Lowe's or Home Depot, you know your options are fairly limited.

Sadly, there's an extremely strong farming/ranching heritage here in my area based on a high usage of chemical, synthetic products so that's what the stores carry. They tell me the demand for organic products is too low and too inconsistent for them to devote much shelf space to them. It was a huge shock for me when we moved here from Fort Worth-Dallas in the late 1990s to learn I'd still have to drive to Fort Worth-Dallas to get organic gardening supplies. We're in our 13th year here and it hasn't improved much. There's a limited selection of organic supplies in stores here, but probably not even 20%-30% the selection of what I'd find in any one of the many nurseries and garden centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that carry organic products. When we moved here, I didn't realize that the D-FW area had a larger base of organic gardeners that most parts of the country, except for the West Coast and the Austin, TX, area and that they were light-years ahead of most of the rest of the world in the availability of organic gardening products. I believe this was largely due to J. Howard Garrett and Malcolm Beck and their writings and Howard's radio show.

Because we had organic gardening supplies available in several select nurseries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as far back as the late 1980s and much more widespread in the 1990s I thought organic gardening supplies were easily found everywhere, but they aren't. What is even sadder is that some of the local, independent nurseries, feed and seed stores and garden centers who were at the forefront of the organic movement in the D-FW metroplex for many years aren't doing well in this economy, and I heard that one of my favorite stores, Green Mama's, which sold native plants and organic supplies when we still lived in Texas, is closing their doors, and they're not the first to do that in recent years.

It makes me wonder....if a well-established native plant nursery/organic supply store can't survive in the D-FW area where organic gardening is well-established and popular, then how can they survive anywhere?

When you're lucky enough to find a store that carries organic supplies, give them your business consistently and refer everyone to them that you can because smaller, independent retailers have such a hard time surviving in this economy and we need to do what we can to support the companies that carry the supplies we need.


I agree in general about the online companies that offer free shipping and handling. I rarely order online because shipping cancels out any cost savings, and free shipping seldom is "free". Every now and then I can order somsething online for less than I'd pay in local stores and if free shipping is included, it's an even better deal. I usually can find Semaspore online cheaper than it is in nurseries in Texas (no one has it in the stores here near me in southern OK). Last year I even had a 25-lb. bag of Surround-WP bought/shipped for less than it would have cost me to buy it in Fort Worth. So, there's good deals out there online but they're not that easy to find.

In this particular case with Sears, I would never, ever have bought this stuff and paid to have it shipped. The shipping would have increased my final price about 50%. Based on other "local" (if you consider Dallas local for me) prices, though, I got the Espoma for the same or less than what I would have paid if I drove to Dallas to get it, so I'm a happy camper, except I'm worried I didn't order enough of it.

I wish that other retailers would start carrying more of all the Espoma products too. The only ones I've ever seen here are the Garden-Tone, Holly-Tone, Plant-Tone, Tomato-Tone, and their some of their single-ingredient items like bone meal, blood meal and lime. I've never seen their soil mixes any place. I'd bet some of the larger, more well-established nurseries in Dallas proper would have them, but that's just too far for me to drive.

I think y'all's best bet in OKC may be that new organic store that you've mentioned. If all of you in that area keep asking them if they carry or plan to carry more of the Espoma line, maybe they'd give those products a try to see if they catch on.


    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 11:03AM
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owiebrain(5 MO)

I'm glad some others were able to take advantage of the deal. Thanks to Jo for letting us know carries it in the first place! I'd sure not have thought of checking there.

I wish I could have ordered gobs more but, of course, the checkbook can only take so much strain at once. I'm just thrilled I got enough to at least get us started.


    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 12:28PM
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Here's a start.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden-tone

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 1:49PM
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Why Espoma Garden Tone is so important? what its advantage over other fertilizers? Are there any beneficial microbes?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 9:09PM
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