• Fall Planting in Full Swing in October - Friday, September 27, 2013 at

  • Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to plant a new crop of vegetables and flowers and to reseed or sod lawns.

    Remove Summer Vegetables: Tomatoes and squash often produce well into fall, but other summer vegetables will have run their course by now. No need to continue caring for them. Remove nonproducing summer plants and replace them with vegetables that thrive in fall. These include beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, parsley, peas, radish, spinach, potatoes, turnips, winter zucchini and celery. After a heaving workout in summer, your garden soil will need an infusion of compost before fall planting. 

    Plant Cool Weather Flowers: Remove summer annuals and plant flowers that do particularly well in fall. These include sweet peas, pansies, violas, primrose, calendula, chrysanthemums, cineraria, dianthus, delphiniums, Iceland poppies, nemesia and snapdragon.  

    Plant Wild Flowers: Add a western seed mix of wildflowers to your garden. Sprinkle the seeds directly onto the soil by hand or with a seed spreader (for larger areas). Pat down slightly into moist soil (make sure the seeds are not buried). Water until the plants are at least 4” tall. Natural rainfall should provide plenty of water. Water as needed, however, if we experience drought conditions.

    Plant or Shore Up Lawns:  October is the perfect time of the year to replace a portion or an entire lawn whether by seed or sod. Well-suited lawn types for Southern California include tall fescue, Bermuda, St. Augustine, bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. Remove patches of crabgrass or other weeds and seed with a lawn seed that matches your lawn. When planting seed or sod use a top dressing for lawns. The top dressing material works its way down to the root zone and becomes humus for the turf.

    Plant a Fall Herb Garden: Many herbs can be planted in fall including garlic, oregano, parsley, rosemary, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel and thyme. Once they finish their growing cycle, dry the leaves and use for cooking.

    Reduce watering: Gardeners can breathe easier when opening up their water bills in October. Unless hot Santa Ana winds are an issue this month, gardeners can reduce the amount of water for their lawn, garden, trees and shrubs. When watering, water deeply but not as often. Shut off water timers when it rains.

    Pick Pumpkins: Pumpkins should be ready for picking in October. It will be time to harvest when the vines leading up to the pumpkins are dry and the pumpkin skin is firm. Leave about two inches of stem attached to the pumpkin when removing from the plant to keep the pumpkin from spoiling. Pumpkins and can stay fresh for months once picked.

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  • The Independent Restaurateur Article Focuses on Food Waste - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at

  • The environmental importance of food waste recycling is starting to gain traction. With 11 million tons of food waste produced each year, more and more companies, especially in the food service sector, are beginning to incorporate food waste recycling into their daily routine. 

    Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo wrote an article for the September issue of The Independent Restaurateur on the new food waste recycling program underway by Harrison Industries and Agromin. In it, are comments from Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market and Brophy Brothers. Both are Ventura Harbor Village restaurants participating in the Harrison/Agromin recycling program. 

    Here’s a link to the article:

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  • Fall Planting Season Begins in September - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at

  • Summer gardens are starting to see a slowdown in flower and vegetable production in September, which means it is a good time to start planning for a fall garden say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California cities.

    Plant Cool Season Vegetables: As summer vegetable plants stop producing, replace with vegetable plants that flourish in fall. Vegetables that do particularly well during the fall months include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce and other greens, onions potatoes, radishes and peas. Mix in additional potting soil to the garden to replace nutrients that have been depleted over summer.

    Prepare Fall Flower Beds:  Fall flowers are just as colorful as their summertime counterparts. The flowers that come in the most color varieties are pansies. These hearty flowers can last for months. Other flowers that do well in fall are calendulas, English daisies, English primrose, snapdragon, stock and winter jasmine. Before planting, remove any remaining summer annuals, loosen the soil and add two to three inches of organic planting mix.

    Keep Up Watering Routine Septembers are typically warm in southern California and may bring strong, hot Santa Ana winds. Although the days are growing shorter, plants can easily dry out. Keep on your watering schedule. Scale back only during the occasional cold spell. If the Santa Anas are strong, consider bracing young trees with temporary poles.

    Pinch Back New Blossoms On Fruits and Vegetables: Existing melons and squash need all the energy their plants can muster. Pinch back any flowers so nutrients stay directed toward growing fruits and vegetables.

    Prune Hedges and Shrubs: It is time to shape hedges and shrubs by removing straggly stems. Trimming now will prompt healthy, thick growth throughout fall and protect the trees from frost.

    Lawn Care: Lawns are still growing in September and October. Mow weekly and water deeply once or twice a week depending on the weather. Consider aerification (coring) with an aerator that can be rented at equipment rental shops. Coring allows for better water and nutrition penetration.

    Plant Fall Bulbs. Check with your local nursery for its fall bulbs including  daffodils, anemone, dahlia, calla lilies, iris, watsonia and freesias. Plant them immediately. Buy tulips and hyacinth and place them in paper bags in your refrigerator for at least six weeks before planting. The bulbs need to be refrigerated for hardiness.

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

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