• Fall Planting Keeps Landscapes Looking Fresh & Vibrant
    Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at
  • Planting cool season flowers and lawns in October will keep backyard landscapes looking fresh with vibrant colors throughout fall and winter, say experts at Agromin, a Camarillo-based manufacturer of premium soil products.

    Cool Weather Flowers: About this time of the year, many summer flowers have lost their luster and gardens need an infusion of hardy new growth that thrive during the upcoming cooler months. Flowers that do particularly well in fall include sweet peas, pansies, violas, primrose, calendula, chrysanthemums, cineraria, dianthus, delphiniums, Iceland poppies, nemesia, snapdragon and wild flowers. Wildflowers that thrive in Southern California are California poppies, larkspur, linaeria and gypsophila.

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

    Lawns: Lawns are still growing vigorously in October. Mow weekly. Now is the time to replant or patch with cool season grasses such as fescue, ryegrass and bluegrass. If planting from seed, use a topper mix to help keep seeds moist and to stimulate growth.

    Fall Gardens: Gardens can thrive year-round. Pull out summer vegetables that have stopped producing. Plant such herbs as oregano, cilantro, dill, fennel and thyme. Garlic, peas, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce and rutabaga do well when planted in fall. Apply a two-inch layer of organic mulch over plantings to help conserve moisture and encourage growth.

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

    About Agromin:

    Agromin manufactures premium soil products for the agriculture and horticulture trades and for consumer use. For more than 30 years, Agromin has provided quality soil amendments and products to some of California's largest vegetable, citrus, avocado and strawberry growers. Agromin is also the green waste recycler for 19 cities in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Each month, Agromin receives and processes hundreds of thousands of tons of urban wood and green waste. Agromin then uses a safe, organic and scientific system to formulate its soil products from the processed recycled green waste. The result is more vigorous and healthier plants and gardens, and on the conservation side, more room in landfills and less greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Agromin To Donate 1 Ton of Compost at Moorpark's Composter Event
    Thursday, September 18, 2008 at
  • Agromin will donate 1 ton of compost to the City of Moorpark's "Home Composter Event," Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moorpark Public Services Facility (627 Fitch Ave., Moorpark). Each person who purchases a compost bin from the city will receive a free bag of Agromin compost.

    Agromin is the green materials recycler for Moorpark and 18 other cities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties. Each year, it collects more than 250,000 tons of green materials for composting. Compost your own grass clippings, leaves and other green materials with a compost bin from the city. Only 50 bins will be available for sale on Saturday.

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  • Agromin To Offer Fall Planting Tips and Green Recycling Info at Ventura Home Show
    Monday, September 15, 2008 at
  • Agromin will be providing fall planting tips and green waste recycling information at the Ventura County Home & Garden Show, September 19 - 21 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.

    Agromin soil experts will demonstrate how to select the proper soil for fall and spring vegetable and flower gardens, and provide free soil samples. Agromin offers six bagged soil products to consumers (outdoor plating mix, soil conditioner, potting soil, vegetable garden mix, decorative bark and topper mix for lawns). In addition, it provides custom soil blends, mulch and bark in bulk.

    As the area's green waste recycler, Agromin will pass out information on how to properly dispose of green waste (i.e., lawn clippings, leaves, wood and brush) in residents' green waste barrels. Agromin turns this green material into compost that is then fortified with nutrients and turned into soil products used locally by farmers, landscapers and consumers. Residents can feel good knowing that the green material they put in their recycling barrels each week is transformed and returned to the land.

    Show hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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