• Agromin Compost Donations Made A Big Difference to Nonprofits & Schools in 2017 - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at

  •  A school garden, a peaceful outdoor setting at a nursing facility and an Eagle Scout project at a veterans' home—these were just some of the projects that benefited in 2017 from compost and mulch donations from Agromin.  More than 20 projects received Agromin donations last year.

    One of the donations was to the Ventura Post Acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility. "Our residents and their families, staff and visitors are so appreciative to Agromin for donating soil to our senior gardens planter boxes," says Suz Montgomery, a teacher at the center. "Watching the big smiles of our residents while digging in the dirt, being in the fresh air in a serene park-like setting fills our hearts."

    In November, Agromin gave away almost 300 bags of compost during the 2017 Ventura County Farm Day. "Agromin is one of our most popular stops on Farm Day," says Mary Maranville, CEO of Student for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), which puts on Farm Day every year.

    "Ventura County Farm Day is when we can show hundreds of people of all ages the recycling and composting process," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "After they see how grass clippings, leaves, branches, food and other green materials turns from waste to compost, we give everyone a bag of compost. It's a tangible example of how what they throw in their green waste barrel can be transformed into a product that they can put back in the earth."

    A number of schools also received donated compost. They include Earths Magnet School in Newbury Park, Costa Mesa High School & Middle School and Rio Del Mar Elementary School in Oxnard.

    "It's critical for kids to learn about how green recycling works and why it's important," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "They are our future. What we do today will make a huge impact tomorrow."

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  • Santa Paula Trial Measures Impact of Compost In Orchards - Monday, November 6, 2017 at

    A three-year soil trial is underway at Harrison and Winkler ranches in Santa Paula. The overall objective is to determine the economic value of using compost in citrus orchards--taking into account yield improvements and fertilizer use reduction versus the cost of the amendments and their application.  

    Soils across thousands of farmland acres in the Santa Paula area are characteristically low in soil organic matter and are calcareous (containing calcium carbonate) in nature.  

    Soils low in organic matter are poor at holding water, limiting the "oasis" needed around root zones to support the plant and beneficial microbes. Calcareous soils are high in pH and limit nutrient uptake in plants needing an acidic environment. Improving these soil properties has the potential to increase soil health, thereby enabling better fruit production and reduced water usage. 

    The trials feature adding spring-season Agromin compost at 10 and 30 tons per acre application rates and manure at 10 tons per acre. Each test plot is three acres with established lemons and avocados and new Tango plantings. Soil and leaf nutrient levels are being tracked during the trial. The trial is also testing if the use of these amendments reduces leaching of herbicides. These trials will be completed in 2020.

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  • Shorter Days in November Mean Less Time in the Garden - Monday, October 30, 2017 at

  • Fewer daylight hours in November means less time to garden. Pick one or two outdoor projects to focus on this month.

    Add Last Minute Fall Color: There is no reason why your flower garden can't look beautiful in fall and winter. Buy flowering plants from the nursery and plant now. Fall annuals include pansies, violas, primrose and calendula. Perennials that bloom in fall should be considered also. They include nemesia, Russian sage, chrysanthemums, aster and oriental lily.

    Cut Back On Watering:  Unless we get a late blast of Santa Ana winds, water plants and trees less frequently. Newly planted varieties, however, should be routinely watered until established. Dormant trees do not need watering.

    Last Time To Water Outdoor Cacti And Succulents: Water outdoor succulents before they go dormant in winter. If the plants are indoors, they'll need to be watered year round when the soil becomes dry. Give the plants a good soak once a week and let the water drain.

    Plant Trees: Fall's cool nights, mild days and occasional rain are ideal conditions for tree planting. Planting now gives young trees time to establish a healthy root system before growing season in spring. Select a location for your tree before shopping. Do you want an evergreen or deciduous? Is the location near walkways? Roots can lift up sidewalks. Will the tree need to be in the shade or get plenty of sun? Amend the soil if necessary, dig a hole that's at least twice the size of the root ball and plant. Trees grow slowly the first few years so be patient.

    Prevent Peach Leaf Curl: A common fungal organism in peach and nectarine orchards results in peach leaf curl. If your tree leaves become deformed, now is the time to get rid of the bug by spraying the tree with an organic lime sulfur. Wait until most of the leaves have fallen before spraying.

    Mulch Plants: Add a layer of mulch around the garden. When rain comes, mulch will stop rain-producing mud from splashing onto plants and prevent runoff.

    For more gardening tips for November, go to www.agromin.com.