• Plant Smart in April For Maximum Results In Your Garden - Thursday, March 31, 2016 at



  • With rainfall totals below average in southern California, April is the time to plant smart while saving water in spring and summer.

    Add Mulch To Reduce Water Usage: The cost of water is on the rise and watering restrictions are still in place. Adding mulch to your yard can mean significant water savings. Depending on weather conditions, mulch can extend the period between watering by one to two days. Mulch holds in moisture, prevents erosion and keeps the soil cool. Till older mulch into the soil and add another two to three inches of new mulch around plants, shrubs and trees.

    Plant Drought Tolerant Herbs: Some types of herbs do very well with little water. Herbs that thrive in dry conditions include sage, rosemary, lavender, oregano and thyme. All these herbs come from the Mediterranean region. Once their roots are established during the first growing season, they require minimal watering and love full sun.

    Add Water-Saving Compost to Lawns: New lawn-related products on the market contain biochar, which enable more time between lawn waterings. Biochar is a naturally-produced soil amendment. Its tiny pores retain water, much like a sponge. Biochar also contains nutrients to help the soil and plants to remain healthy. As another advantage, biochar captures carbon emissions, which reduces greenhouse gasses.

    Cover Bare Spots With Bark: Spruce up bare spots around lawns and gardens with bark. Chopped bark, usually 1/4" to 3" in size, can be placed in large open areas to give a yard a finished look--and requires no water.

    Upgrade Your Garden Soil: Garden soil should be replenished with nutrients before new planting. First, break up hard soil and add organic soil amendments. Next, consider rotating your garden--for example, plant tomato where corn was grown last year. By rotating vegetables of the same plant family to a new location, you can better prevent crop-specific pests and diseases from reappearing.

    Plant Heat-Loving Vegetables: Now is the time to plant most all vegetables, especially warm-season vegetables such as Armenian cucumber, artichoke, corn, cucumber, eggplant, melon, peppers, potatoes, squash, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini.  

    Use a Drip Irrigation System:  Avoid using sprinklers or other overhead watering because when doing so, much of the water evaporates. Install a drip irrigation system so water goes directly to the plant’s roots. Water the garden in the early morning before 7:00 a.m., giving water time to soak deep into the soil before the heat of the day.

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

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  • Max and Mulch--They Go Together! - Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at


  • Max Ortiz

    Agromin is fortunate to have Max Ortiz as one of its delivery drivers. Max has been part of the Agromin family for 14 years. Each day, he checks his delivery schedule, loads his truck with Agromin's organic soil products and heads out to homes, businesses and schools throughout Ventura County.

    Popular products include Agromin's Vegetable Garden Mix designed to prep the soil for vegetable planting (especially when soil is mostly clay or super sandy) and Agromin's Premium Blend for raised garden beds. Also in high demand are Agromin's ES-2 Mulch and Walk-On Bark.

    About 80 percent of Max's deliveries are for repeat customers. Max says his day goes by quickly and he looks forward to greeting old and new customers alike. Kids at schools are particularly excited to see his truck arriving and depositing a ton or two of soil products for use in school gardens or to spruce up school landscaping.

    Max has a personal appreciation for good planting soil. For the past 18 years, he and his wife have been involved in Ojai Microgreens and grow an assortment of sprouts including sunflower sprouts, wheat grass and pea greens that they sell at farmers markets around Ventura County. He uses Agromin's Economix (a blend of organic content and soil conditioner) for all his plantings.

    Max and his fellow Agromin drivers, which number more than a dozen, deliver organic products throughout southern California--making the world a little greener and sustainable along the way.

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  • Agromin To Participate In CSU Fullerton's Earth Week 2016 - Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at





  • Agromin representatives will be discussing the value of green recycling and composting during CSU/Fullerton’s Earth Week (April 19 - 21). Agromin will be part of a showcase focusing on waste/recycling/composting/water savings on Wednesday, April 20.

    Agromin will display its various organic compost and soil amendments and our staff will explain how the materials are created from organic green waste using a natural, safe process. We'll also be able to answer questions about what kinds of soil amendments are best for your yard.

    Cal State Fullerton's Associated Students Inc. and the Center for Sustainability are hosting Earth Week. The goal of the event is for students and the surrounding community to live a more sustainable life.

    For more information, click here. Stop by. We'll be there from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


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