• Create a Beautiful Southern California Fall Garden in October - Friday, September 30, 2011 at

  • With the fall sun moving lower in the sky, October is the time to adjust your garden to keep it producing beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables in Southern California, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from more than 50 Southern California communities.

    Plant Cool-Weather Flowers: Give you fall garden a dash of color by planting cool-weather flowers such as pansies, calendula, primrose, chrysanthemums, delphiniums, Iceland poppies, snapdragons and alyssum. Consider sprinkling California wildflowers seeds around your garden including California poppies, larkspur, linaeria and gypsophila.

    Spruce up perennials: Even hardy perennials such as Shasta daisies, callas and yarrow begin to look scraggily this time of year. Cut back overgrown and dead stems to the ground. They will immediately start growing back with a fuller appearance. 

    Plant lawns:  Fall is one of the best times to plant a lawn whether by seed or sod. Most of the summer heat is gone. Well-suited lawn types for Southern California include tall fescues, Bermuda and perennial ryegrass. If you already have a Bermuda lawn, consider adding ryegrass seed so the grass remains green in winter instead of going dormant. When planting from seed, use a lawn top dressing to help keep the seeds moist while sprouting.

    Herb's Fall Season: Plenty of herbs do well when planted in fall. They include garlic, oregano, parsley, rosemary, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel and thyme. Unless you have been clipping back the flowers on your basil plants, the leaves will have lost their soft texture by now. Pick and dry these leaves and use them for cooking.

    Plant Vegetables For Winter and Early Spring Harvest: Many vegetables do well when the weather cools. Plant these vegetables now: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, radishes and peas.

    Reduce Watering: Unless hot Santa Ana winds blow through Southern California, you can scale back watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs. A well-mulched garden will hold in moisture and reduce the need for watering. To reduce water costs, be sure water timers are shut off when it rains.

    Spring Bulbs: Plant daffodils, hyacinth, tulips and crocus bulbs. Planting now should result in flowers in spring. Make sure your soil's clay content doesn't make the soil too dense. Till soil conditioner into the top 12 inches of soil. This should help break up the clay and make the soil more conducive for the bulbs to grow.

    Plant Drought-Resistant Trees and Shrubs: When planting in cooler fall months, trees and shrubs have the opportunity to establish themselves before summer heat. Avoid frost-sensitive plants and those best suited to summer planting.

                For more gardening tips, go to http://www.agromin.com.

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  • Agromin On Inc.'s Annual List of 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at

  • Inc. magazine ranked Agromin as one of the country's fastest growing private companies in its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000 (September 2011 issue). Agromin was ranked 65th in environmental services (10th in California) and 4,112 overall. Agromin manufactures earth-friendly soil products for farmers, landscapers and gardeners using renewal organic material from over 50 California communities. It is one of the largest organic recyclers in the state.

    To qualify for consideration, companies had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. Inc. ranked companies based on three-year growth from 2007 through 2010. During that period, Agromin experienced a 29 percent growth in revenue from $11.6 million to $14.9 million while adding 21 new jobs.

     The companies on the Inc. 5000 reported creating 350,000 jobs in the past three years "While large corporations were shedding jobs, small businesses were adding them. The accomplishments of those on this list prove that innovation and job creation comes from smaller companies," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "Agromin is honored to be recognized."

    For complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles, go to http://www.inc.com/inc5000. For more information about Agromin, go to www.agromin.com.