• September is Time to Plant Fall And Winter Flower And Vegetable Gardens
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at
  • 4While most gardeners around the country are winding down their gardens for the year, Southern California gardeners can plant a fresh crop of vegetables and blooms in September and October for enjoyment during fall and winter, says Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of premium soil products and one of the state's largest green materials recycling companies.

    Prepare Your Soil For Fall Flowers: Remove annuals. Break up and till the soil and generously add compost or organic planting mix. You may want to wait a week or two before adding fresh plants. This will give weeds enough time to germinate. Remove the weeds while they are small so they will be less of a headache later on.

    Plant Your Winter Flower Garden: Begin planting your fall and winter flower garden towards the end of September. While blasts of hot, Santa Ana winds will blow from September through November, September nights are generally cool and days pleasantly warm--perfect growing conditions. Your fall garden can include calendula, delphiniums, larkspur, Iceland poppy, pansies, snapdragon and stock. In shady areas, plant primrose, daisies and cineraria.

    Trim Perennials: Perennials are beginning to lose their summer luster. Trim excess plant growth and remove sagging summer flowers.

    Plant Wildflowers: Instead of scattering wildflower seeds on the surface of the soil and hope they will grow, for best results, rake the soil gently, spread the seeds and cover lightly with soil. The seeds will begin to germinate once wet weather arrives.

    Plant Spring Bulbs: Spring bulbs will soon be available at local nurseries. Now is the time to plant bulbs for such plants as tulips, daffodils and hyacinth.

    Plant Your Vegetables: When summer vegetable plants stop producing a robust crop (late September or October), remove the plants and replace them with vegetable plants that will produce through winter. Cool weather vegetables include cabbage, peas, broccoli, lettuce and green onions.

    Prepare for the Santa Ana Winds: Santa Ana winds can wreck havoc on newly planted trees, shrubs and gardens. New, shallow root systems can't replace water as fast as water is drawn from leaves by the winds. The winds can devastate a garden in a matter of days if water is not provided. When winds kick up, be prepared to quickly get out the garden hose and give your plants the moisture they need.

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

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  • Ribbon Cutting Officially Marks Opening of New Agromin Headquarters
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at
  • Agromin's new headquarters at 201 Kinetic Dr. in Oxnard were made official at a ribbon cutting ceremony July 30 sponsored by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce.

    Over 75 community leaders attended the ceremony including County Supervisor Kathy Long and Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Andres Herrera. The crowd received a tour of the facility that houses a variety of commercial wholesale bulk soil products including mulches and bark. Previously housed in sites throughout the county, Agromin's consolidation into a centrally located 6,000 square foot facility will cut down on employee driving. With less employees on the road, Agromin will be able to reduce its carbon footprint.

    Agromin is designated a Climate Action Leader by the California Climate Action Registry, a non-profit organization originally formed by the State of California. Members voluntarily promise to monitor and register greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Registry members that have successfully verified their emissions inventory earn the status of Climate Action Leader.


    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 over 50 Southern California communities. 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. Agromin is the U.S. Composting Council's "Composter of the Year."

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  • Harvest Your Summer Vegetables in August While Planning For Fall and Winter Crops
    Monday, August 3, 2009 at
  • August is the time to enjoy tasty homegrown vegetables and fruits, and take pleasure in the beauty of green plants, trees and flowering annuals. It's also time to plan your fall and winter gardens, says Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of premium soil products and one of the state's largest green materials recycling companies.

    Pick Your Summer Vegetables: Even with a modest garden, summer vegetables are in abundance and ripening continuously in August. You may have run out of recipes for all your zucchini and squash, but pick them regularly even if you don't plan to use them immediately. This will stimulate new growth so that the plants continue to produce into fall.

    Plant Your Fall and Winter Vegetables: Plant seeds or starter plants of fall and winter vegetables such as green onions, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, radishes and beets. The seeds and young plants will benefit from August's warm soil. For seeds, the germination process greatly increases in warm soil, than in the cooler soil of fall and winter.

    Plant Cool Season Annuals: You can also get a jump on your winter flower garden by planting seeds for cool season annuals. These annuals include calendula, delphiniums, pansies and snapdragon.

    Garden Maintenance: To ensure your garden looks its best, set aside time each week to spruce up your garden by removing dead flowers from rose trees and other flowering plants. Keeping up on flower removal will help trees flower longer. Trim and shape fast growing trees and bushes. Pull weeds while they are small and before they have the opportunity to go to seed. If the seeds are allowed to germinate, you will be battling new weeds next year. Plus, weeds steal nutrients from plants and sometimes attract insects that can harm the garden.

    Water Smart: Deep watering will help plant roots grow farther into the ground where there is more moisture than near the surface. A quick watering every few days is a waste of water as the water evaporates quickly before it can reach a plant's roots. Make sure the soil is moist at least three to four inches below the surface.

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

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