• October: One of the Best Months to Garden in Southern California - Thursday, September 28, 2017 at

  • Cooler weather and pleasant breezes are usually the norm in October, making it one of the best months to garden in southern California.

    Plant And Upgrade Lawns:  October is the ideal time of the year to replace lawns or patch bald spots with seed or sod. New lawns need lots of water to take root. Shorter days and milder October temperatures will cause less stress on new plantings. Grasses that do well in southern California include fescue, Bermuda and St. Augustine (the last two go dormant in winter). For existing lawns, now is a good time to dethatch and aerate your lawn.

    Start A New Herb Garden: There's nothing like fresh herbs from the garden. Enjoy them in fall and winter by planting now. Add already sprouting chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, lavender, parsley and rosemary.

    Fertilize Citrus in Early October: Nitrogen should be applied to citrus trees in late summer/early fall. If you haven't already, fertilize trees in October. No need to apply fertilizer to newly planted trees. The more mature and larger the tree, the more fertilizer to use. Make sure to water the soil around the tree before and after fertilizing. Add the specified amount shown on the fertilizer container along the tree’s drip line and mix into the soil.

    Plant Native Shrubs: Native shrubs planted now have time to establish themselves during fall and winter, which will lead to a healthy growth spurt in spring. Shrubs that do particularly well are California wild lilac, lemonade berry, blue elderberry, black sage and varieties of manzanita.

    Plant Vegetables: Whether in the ground or in pots, start your fall vegetable garden by first removing any remaining summer vegetables. Add nutrient-rich, well-draining soil amendments. Add a six-pack of vegetable plants and water as needed. Vegetables that can be planted in October include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, celery, onions, garlic, peas, radishes and spinach.

    Add A Water-Friendly Landscape: If you're considering introducing water-friendly elements to your landscape, now is the time. You can do it yourself or hire a landscaper. Plant types that do nicely with little water are tall grasses, succulents and just about any type of native plant or shrub. Install a drip irrigation system to your new landscape since it is  more efficient than watering with sprinklers.

    Divide Perennials:  After a few years, perennials begin to form large clumps and tend to look barren in the middle. Keep your perennials at their best by gently dividing and loosening them at their roots and planting the new smaller plants elsewhere in the garden. Make sure to replace the soil around the original plant.

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

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  • Agromin Provides Mulch For Thousand Oaks Park Upgrade - at

  • Dos Vientos Community Center in Thousand Oaks is undergoing upgrades. Under construction are one large pavilion and two smaller pavilions surrounded by newly planted mature trees. The area will provide a beautiful semi-covered seating area by the park's baseball fields. Agromin is supplying the mulch to help the trees take root and grow. Dos Vientos is just one of the parks throughout the city that you'll find Agromin mulch.

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  • Solutions for Urban Ag: Sustainable Farming In Urban Settings - Friday, September 22, 2017 at

  • Imagine healthy food growing right where people live--in and around cities. That's the goal of Solutions for Urban Ag (SFUA). The nonprofit group based in Orange County is working on projects where urban land is repurposed to grow farm products. Its mission is to address "some of the pressing food security, public health, ecological, workforce and educational needs facing urban environments today."

    Agromin was a recent sponsor at SFUA's second annual Harvest Moon Celebration at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. The event was a fundraiser to help in this very worthy cause.
    Here’s a link to a video that talks about SFUA's partnering with the Orange County's Second Harvest Food Bank. Food is grown at the "Incredible Edible Farm," a 4 1/2 acre-site on land owned by the City of Irvine. It produces over 250,000 pounds of produce annually that is then distributed through the food bank to those in need. It's one of three farms of its kind (with another opening soon).  https://youtu.be/milgGlUV40A

    To find out more about SFUA, go to http://www.solutionsforurbanag.org/.

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