• February Gardening Tips for Southern California
    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at
  • February weather can be a big question mark. The month can bring an abundance of warm, spring-type weather or rain soaked, wintery days. Regardless of temperature and moisture variations, gardeners can get a jump on their spring gardens by planting a variety of flowers and vegetables in February, says a Camarillo-based manufacturer of premium soil products and one of the state's largest green materials recycling companies.

    Summer Bulbs: Time to pull out summer bulbs from the refrigerator and plant them. These bulbs include tulips, crocus, amaryllis, daffodils and delphiniums. Some bulbs can be purchased and planted without the chilling process and should be in stock at nurseries. They include Dutch iris, lily, gladiolus and begonia.

    Plant Vegetables: Warmer temperatures give gardeners the green light to plant asparagus, onions, beets, Brussels sprouts, cilantro, chives, lettuce, rutabaga and morrow squash. These hardy plants can withstand a quick blast of cold temperatures and still grow vigorously. In warmer inland areas, plant tomatoes at the end of the month. Fruit will appear by Memorial Day.

    Save Money, Plant From Seed: One easy way to save money in the garden this year is to plant from seed instead of buying mature plants from the nursery. Flower seeds that can be planted now for spring and summer-blooms include Bachelor buttons, California poppy, larkspur and wildflowers.

    Plant An Herb Garden: Mild winters enable Southern California gardeners to begin planting herbs in February. Plant chive, cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley even if more rain is in the forecast.

    Tackle Weeds Now: Rain promotes winter weeds. Remove weeds with a hoe before they get too big. Don't put weeds in a compost pile. If you do, the resulting mulch will spread weed seeds throughout your garden.

    For more growing 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 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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  • How to Plant Bare Root Fruit Trees & Roses
    Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at

  • Things You'll Need:

    * Soil Amendment
    * Mulch
    * Shovel
    * Garden Hose
    * Bucket
    * Stakes
    * Bare Root Fruit Trees Or Roses

    The ideal time to plant bare-root trees and roses is mid-November to mid-March. This gives trees the chance to put out new roots while dormant and not cope with drying winds and hot sun.

    Step 1:
    Remove any leftover packing material very carefully. Rinse off or gently remove clumps of earth still hanging on the roots. Inspect the plant and clip off damaged or dead roots.

    Step 2:
    Submerge the roots in a bucket of room temperature water for one to four hours. This ensures that the roots have enough moisture for planting.

    Step 3:
    Dig a hole two feet wider than the trees root system and as deep as the roots. Loosen the soil around the sides of the hole.

    Step 4:
    If you are planting a tree that needs support, place stakes in the hole.

    Step 5:
    Set the tree. Spread the roots with your hands if necessary.

    Step 6:
    Fill the hole about halfway with a mixture of soil amendment for your soil type and native soil and step on it lightly with your foot to remove any existing large air pockets.

    Step 7:
    Stand the tree or shrub straight up. Water enough to saturate the soil and remove any remaining air pockets.

    Step 8:
    Continue filling the hole with soil until you have built a temporary berm above the perimeter of the roots. Then, water again.

    Step 9:
    Keep the soil moist for the first year after planting. Cover the soil with a layer of mulch to help retain moisture. As soon as the soil feels dry, water it immediately.

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