• Plant Cool Season Vegetables in September - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at

  • Although the temperature still feels like summer, now is the time for Southern California gardeners to plant cool season vegetables for a spring harvest, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California communities.

    Prepare Soil for Fall Garden: After the spring and summer growing season, garden soil needs a pick-me-up. Remove nonproducing vegetable plants, loosen the garden soil and mix in a two-inch layer of organic compost. This is particularly important if the garden has clay or sandy soil. This will get your garden ready for fall planting.

    Make Additions to Your Vegetable Garden: Some vegetables thrive in cooler weather. After your summer vegetables have run their course, plant peas, fava beans, kale, leeks beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radish, carrots, celery, potatoes and winter zucchini. You will see vegetables by early spring if not sooner depending on weather conditions. Tomato varieties such as Champion, Glacier, Taxi and Siberia can be planted in September. By mid-to late-October, you will be able to harvest a full crop. Pick the fruit a bit early and let them ripen indoors.

    Plant a Winter Flower Garden: Professionally landscaped gardens are blooming all year long in Southern California. There is no reason why backyard gardens can't do the same. Warm Septembers enable gardeners to plant flowers for fall and winter blooms. These include chrysanthemums, sweet peas, pansies, calendula, snapdragons and sweet alyssum. When planting from seed, keep seedbeds moist, especially just after planting. Mulch the soil lightly, keeping the mulch an inch away from plant stems. Add mulch again in winter if frost is an issue. The mulch will retain daytime heat and keep the soil warm.

    Feed and Water Citrus: Citrus trees should be fed in spring and fall. Use a fertilizer especially formulated for citrus trees. These fertilizers include nitrogen with some phosphorous. Wilted, cupped or falling leaves could mean moisture stress from hot winds. Make sure you water your citrus trees deeply.

    Prune hedges and shrubs: After a summer of growth, hedges and shrubs can quickly become unkempt. Prune long straggly or dying stems. This will prompt new growth before winter.

    Plant Fruit Trees: The best times to plant fruits trees are in spring and fall. The advantages for a fall planting is that since the tree is in dormancy, all of its energy is focused on establishing its root system--making for a stronger tree by spring To reduce transplant shock, dig a hole for planting at least three times the size of the plant's root ball is wide, but only as deep as its roots. Don't plant the tree too low in the ground to allow for some settling. Firmly pack the soil around the tree to eliminate air pockets. Cover the soil with mulch to keep in moisture and help moderate winter's unpredictable soil temperatures.

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

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  • Larry's Building Materials Joins List of Agromin Distributors in Orange County - Friday, August 3, 2012 at

  •             Larry's Building Materials, with supply yards in Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach, has joined a growing list of outlets distributing Agromin organic soil products in Orange County. Open to professionals and do-it-yourselfers since 1959, Larry's carries all sorts of masonry and landscaping materials.

                Larry's,  along with South Coast Supply in Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos, sells Agromin  products in bulk. Rainbow Environmental Services (Gate 7) in Huntington Beach sells Agromin products in bags and bulk.

                "We're systematically expanding our reach so eventually landscapers and homeowners will be able to find our products throughout Orange County," says Tom Kelley, Agromin's vice president of sales and business development who is based in Huntington Beach.

    Agromin products are made from recycled green materials. Over 380,000 tons are collected each year. Using a safe, natural and chemical-free process, the material is cleaned, ground and processed  into mulch and soil amendments  as well as  being used for  a variety of custom soil blends. Agromin's Potting Mix and Compost 100 have been approved for use by USDA certified organic food producers.  A large volume of Agromin products are used by vegetable, strawberry and citrus growers throughout California.

                "Whether professional growers, landscapers or weekend gardeners, our customers help close the organics recycling loop," says Kelley. "By using products made from local recycled organic materials, they are helping to renew soil resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease the need for oil-based fertilizers and chemicals. They do all that while enjoying healthy, fast growing trees and plants."

                For a list of locations where Agromin products are sold, go to www.Agromin.com or contact Kelley at 760-644-8497, tom@agromin.com.       

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  • Field Trips to Agromin's Organics Recycling Center Provide Lifelong Sustainability Lessons - Thursday, August 2, 2012 at

  •             Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from Ventura County and other Southern California communities, is accepting requests for field trips to its organics recycling facility in Oxnard.

                Agromin opens up its operations for schools (kindergarten through high school), nonprofit groups and youth organizations for one-hour field trips. Visitors learn how organic material is dropped off at the facility, cleaned of non-organic items, chopped, spread out in "wind rows," naturally composted by microorganisms and finally packaged for growers, landscapers and consumers.

                "When kids understand the importance of creating a sustainable environment, recycling and reusing often becomes a lifelong habit," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "The sustainability message is what Agromin hopes to impart to the young visitors who come to our Oxnard facility."

                Organizations interested in visiting Agromin, should go to www.Agromin.com, click on "About Agromin" and then "Who We Support." Print the application form and fax it to 805-485-9222. For more information, call 805-485-9200.

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